Microsoft-FAPESP Environmental Science Workshop (November, 11-12, 2010

Microsoft-FAPESP Environmental Science Workshop (November, 11-12, 2010


São Paulo - Brazil
2010, November, 11–12

Environmental science is faced with enormous data-driven challenges: From data acquisition to data management, cleaning, provenance, annotation, visualization, sharing, publication, discovery and archival. These challenges are accompanied by an acceleration in problem complexity and the need for new, integrated multidisciplinary approaches to research. In response to these important and daunting trends it is essential to develop new technologies and particularly new computational solutions. Specifically: In this collaborative research program we find just such interdisciplinary and data complexity problems and we see this as a tremendous opportunity to solve specific problems by flexible, extensible and adoptable means. In this way we build solutions with applicability beyond their immediate corresponding problems.

The goal of this workshop is to identify and tie together a multidisciplinary set of research problems with technology development, logistics and collaboration requirements to create an experiment plan. This experiment plan will chart the course for the coming two years for a program of environmental experiments and technology development, specifically in the near-term spelling out research objectives, infrastructure building, incorporation of technology, milestones, and creating a funding framework to support these components.