The Cyberobservatories Steering Committee

  • Chaitan Baru (SDSC)
  • David Fulker (UCAR)
  • Kerstin Lehnert (LDEO)
  • David Maidment (UT/Dallas)
  • Barbara Minsker (NCSA)
  • John Orcutt (Scripps)

Cyberinfrastructure Project Overview

Project Summary

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), in collaboration with a group of university and private sector researchers, are supporting an ongoing forum on cyberinfrastructure for environmental observation. The forum, consists of a yearly workshop and smaller meetings supported by this website that will gather and disperse information. The initial phase is expected to last for two years. The primary purpose of the activity is to promote information exchange, collaboration, and efficiency in the design and development of a new generation of NSF-supported environmental observatories that is expected to occur over the next 5-10 years.

Forum participants will include representatives from the current suite of approved NSF environmental observatory development efforts (NEON, CUAHSI, GEON, CLEANER, etc.), representatives from other relevant cyberinfrastructure and ITR projects (SEEK, LEAD, VSTO, etc.), representatives of environmental observing and cyberinfrastructure programs supported by NASA, DOE, NOAA, and other USG agencies as appropriate, and representatives from the rapidly growing commercial Earth observation and information sector. Meetings and workshops are expected to include researchers from the environmental science disciplines, the social sciences, engineering, information technology, and computer science, along with staff from relevant NSF Directorates and relevant programs at other agencies.

We expect to produce a number of products, including white papers and workshop reports focused on topics to be agreed by the participants. But the fundamental purposes of this activity are to:

  • Build information exchange and collaboration among the developers of new environmental observing efforts
  • Identify, share, and benefit from lessons learned
  • Avoid unnecessary duplication of effort
  • Agree on common approaches to common issues and challenges where appropriate

In summary, our intent is to build a community of researchers engaged in the creation and operation of environmental observatories and to ensure that the efforts of this community provide the greatest possible benefits to their respective disciplines and the wider environmental research and education community.