EPSCoR II Track 2 Oklahoma and Kansas: A cyberCommons for Ecological Forecasting
The Lifemapper project collaborated with Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma to address one of sciences biggest challenges: understanding ecological systems and forecasting their responses to global change.
This three-year, NSF-funded collaboration focused on studying the impacts of changes in land use and of climate on biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem function, and on biodiversity composition and dynamics in the grasslands located in the Central Plains of North America. This knowledge discovery has had immediate effects on the long-term management and sustainability of these grassland ecosystems.
The project integrated the science framework of data, models, analytics and narratives with the cyberinfrastructure framework of hardware, software, collaboration environment and integration environment. The computational components created are still available today. A web portal allows users to browse, manipulate, and download data and models from distributed sites, and a network service provides mapping, analytics and computational functions. Light-weight analysis, such as web GIS mapping and geovisualization is served online, while a High Performance Computing (HPC) workbench offers access to supercomputing facilities.