Goals for Meeting • Bring people together • Suggest additional questions • Define technological needs • Make programmatic connections • Among research activities • Between research & educational activities • Between projects & Center activities • Among agencies
Two of Science’s Top 25 Questions Science, Vol 309, 1 July 2005 > What Determines Species Diversity? CREDIT: MICHAEL T. SHIPLEY > How Will Big Pictures Emerge From a Sea of Biological Data?
Some Other Big Questions • How does climate variability affect the abundance of organisms? • How does climate change affect the distribution of organisms? • Are the organisms in communities fungible, e.g.: how stable are trophic webs at retaining their function? • How does biodiversity relate to the functioning of ecosystems & what are the effects of spatial scale? • From all of the above, what are the hottest of the hot spots for retaining maximum species diversity? • What are the best RS proxies for ecosystem diversity and ecosystem health (e.g., NDVI, NPP, soil moisture, SST/SSH & location of fronts, vegetation structural complexity, rates of disturbance, rates of upwelling, etc.)? And what scales are necessary? • Can we catch evolution in action by first correlating environmental changes at landscape/broader scales with genomic/proteomic changes?
Observations 1 • Frank M-K: Integrated watershed program involving NASA TE, LCLUC, Hydrology, Atmos. Chemistry, Ocean Biology, Biodiversity (MtnCoast) • Dick W: Space Grant Extension Program • Gary G: Research to Operations challenges • Gary G: Data Access & Continuity, Communication to policy makers
Observations 2 • Jeff M: How to take full advantage of data providers, e.g.: GLCF, TRFIC, EAGLE-EYE • Woody T: How to get the most out of operational decision support efforts, e.g.: SERVIR, ISFS, TOPS, VISTA, via linkage • Woody T: Mapping to Modeling • Woody T: Overall importance of climate
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