Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Gary Geller, Ph.D.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology

The NASA Ecological Forecasting Program, Model Access and Interoperability,
and the GEO Biodiversity Observation Network

Wednesday — October 14, 2009
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

The Ecological Forecasting Program is a NASA Applied Sciences program focused on use of NASA observations and model data to assess and predict the impacts of environmental changes on living systems. Two important projects are: enhancing model access, sharing, and interoperability, and the Group on Earth Observation Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). Because sharing and interoperability of ecological models is relatively low, the benefits that can be extracted from them, as well as our ability to understand and predict the impacts of change, are limited. Shared modeling environments, and making models and their outputs available as services, are two ways of addressing this issue that NASA is looking at. NASA is also a major player in GEO BON, part of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). GEO BON’s goal is to create a global observation network to detect and monitor change, both by enhancing interoperability of existing networks, and filling in observational gaps.


Next: October 28— Christopher Cogan, Ph.D - California State University