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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) will host 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
1. Expand the NEON AOP user community
2. Answer the question (Q1): What enables the use of NEON AOP for the study of socio-environmental systems? What limits its use?
3. Answer the question (Q2): What are the unique opportunities and challenges for using NEON AOP data to scale understanding of S-E systems from sites to regional and national scales?
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