People, Land, and Ecosystems: Leveraging NEON for Socio-Environmental Synthesis Workshop

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Dec 06, 2019

Workshop Dates: February 10–12, 2020
Location: Annapolis, Maryland


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications from a diverse array of scientists for a three-day workshop in February 2020 focused on how National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) data could be used in socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis and convergent research. The workshop will seek to address several systemic problems that currently limit convergent research that uses the highest remote sensing technology to study problems at the interface of ecology, land change science, and social science. 


During this workshop, participants will develop and gain an enhanced understanding of NEON-AOP data and previously developed workflows and computational tools. They will also help scope future needs for workflow development and relevant data management/sharing considerations. Outcomes of the workshop will include the establishment of a shared vision for how NEON-AOP data and future space-based hyperspectral resources could be used in S-E synthesis.

The workshop will address the following problems:

  1. With the increased availability of hyperspectral remote sensing, there needs to be a rapid growth in the number of people who understand data capabilities and workflows. 
  2. The capabilities of hyperspectral and LiDAR remote sensing must be explored in the context of socio-environmental synthesis that seeks to bring highly quantitative and advanced earth observations to a variety of research disciplines across the natural/biophysical and social sciences. 
  3. Methods for scaling from NEON AOP footprints to regional and national scales will be necessary to draw general conclusions from AOP data with limited extent.

This preparatory activity will introduce participants to ways to plan for and respond to a future SESYNC request for proposals for interdisciplinary Pursuits that may use NEON-AOP data for S-E synthesis. The workshop will also prepare participants to respond to NSF Macrosystems requiring the use of NEON data and to contribute to the development of social science applications relevant to NASA’s planned Surface Biology Geology mission. 

Costs and Travel

The workshop will be held at SESYNC’s facilities in Annapolis, Maryland. SESYNC will provide funding for travel, lodging, and meals for 30 on-site participants. Portions of the workshop will be web-streamed to facilitate access for additional remote participants. 

How to Apply

To apply, please submit as one PDF a 2-page CV (curriculum vitae) and a cover letter that includes a summary of your contributions to interdisciplinary science and a description of your experience using remote sensing data. Apply here:

The workshop organizers will seek to select a diverse group of scientists with a wide range of experience with remote sensing, from experts to complete novices interested to learn more. 


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The University of Maryland Is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply

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