Role of Green Infrastructure

Full Title

Advancing research on the perception, role, and function of urban green infrastructure by bridging the SESYNC synthesis process with an open community engagement process for software development


The purpose of this project is to test the hypothesis that the SESYNC process for team-synthesis research can be accelerated by new cyberinfrastructure specific to the research question, particularly when the domain scientists participate in the development process of the cyber tools. The socio-environmental research will be focused on the perception, role, and function of green infrastructure across urban and climate gradients in the U.S. We propose bringing together domain water scientists (social and natural), computer scientists, software developers, engineers, and stakeholders in testing our proposed hypothesis-driven science. We will also engage an external observer to document the social dynamics of the group and evolution in their interactions. As driving science for our advanced prototyping activity, we will investigate the role and function of green infrastructure (GI) to address stormwater issues in urban watersheds, considering both delivery of key ecosystem services and acceptability and valuation by residents.

Project Type
Team Synthesis Project
Principal Investigators
Barbara Minsker, Southern Methodist University
Larry Band, University of Virginia
Stan Ahalt, RENCI, UNC Chapel Hill
Sterling Auston, UNC Chapel Hill
Meghna Babbar-Sebens, Oregon State University
Jane Bacchieri, City of Portland
Heidari Haratmeh Bardia, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Todd BenDor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Steve Carsberg, City of Phoenix
Laura Christopherson, RENCI, UNC Chapel Hill
John Cox, City of Durham
Jon Duncan, UNC Chapel Hill
Rosemary Fanelli, University of Maryland
Alexander Felson, Yale University
Clinton Freeman, UNC Chapel Hill
Pat Gober, Arizona State University
Simon Gore, Yale University
Nancy Grimm, Arizona State University
Peter Groffman, City University of New York
Karl Gustafson, RENCI, UNC Chapel Hill
Guy Hager, Parks & People Foundation
Kate Hagemann, Yale University
Jeff Heard, RENCI, UNC Chapel Hill
Taehee Hwang, UNC Chapel Hill
Ray Idaszak, RENCI, UNC Chapel Hill
Xiangrong Jiang, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ben Koch, University of Maryland
Rosanna LaPlante, City of Baltimore
Neely Law, Center for Watershed Protection
Jong Sung Lee, NCSA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Danwei Li, UNC Chapel Hill
Brian Miles, UNC Chapel Hill
Vance Miller, UNC Chapel Hill
Christopher Navarro, NCSA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Fabian Alfredo Neira, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Connie Ozawa, Portland State University
Sun Young Park, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Shilin Qiu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ankit Rai, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Jordan Reese, UNC Chapel Hill
Samuel Rivera, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Terrell Russell, RENCI, UNC Chapel Hill
Arthur Schmidt, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Alvin Smucker, Michigan State University
Bill Stack, Center for Watershed Protection
Michael Stealey, RENCI, UNC Chapel Hill
William Sullivan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Pongsakorn Suppakittpaisarn, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
David Tarboton, Utah State University
Austin Troy, University of Vermont
Ariel Wang, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Alan Yeakley, Portland State University
Hong Yi, RENCI, UNC Chapel Hill
Abigail York, Arizona State University

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