I-GUIDE sessions at AGU 2022

Find I-GUIDE at the American Geophysical Union in December 2022!  These are some of the sessions where our team members will be presenting their activities:

 

IN32A – Harnessing the Geospatial Data Revolution to Advance Sustainability Science

Many sustainability challenges, including for example biodiversity loss, and food and water insecurity, among others, are interdependent across space and over time. Tackling these challenges, as a geospatial data deluge permeates broad scientific and societal realms, requires transformative understanding of the complex interactions between driving processes and local sustainability stresses across the full range of spatial, temporal, and domain-specific scales. How to harness geospatial data for multi-scale discoveries aimed at the sustainable development goals is a grand challenge. Conventional scientific approaches tend to be fragmented in space and time, and too frequently they fail to extend beyond siloed domains. These limitations preclude the full and informed use of complex geospatial data, making multi-scale inference and prediction difficult or infeasible. This session invites submissions that address how to holistically integrate heterogeneous geospatial data, innovative artificial intelligence and data science approaches, and domain-specific models with computational reproducibility to advance sustainability science.

Conveners from I-GUIDE:

  • Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Thomas Hertel, Purdue University
  • Upmanu Lall, Columbia University
  • Deanna Hence, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

ED22B – Education and Workforce Development for Convergence and Data Sciences in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

We are witnessing unprecedented advances and increased applications of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and data sciences in all areas of science and society and are facing a critical need for professionals with expertise in data and information technologies, along with domain knowledge. Academia has begun producing and modifying curriculum to include enhanced training in AI/ML and data science so that students graduate with the requisite skills, literacies, and competencies. This session welcomes contributions from thought leaders and practitioners in multiple earth sciences disciplines and information science to discuss challenges, opportunities and best practices for educators, learners, and researchers to create a workforce for advancing convergence science. The proposed session will be of interest to several AGU sections, including but not limited to Atmospheric Sciences, Hydrology, Education, and Earth and Space Science Informatics.

Conveners from I-GUIDE:

  • Mohan Ramamurthy, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • Venkatesh Merwade, Purdue University
  • Anthony Castronova, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrological Science (CUAHSI)
  • Deanna Hence, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

 

GC521 – Global-Local-Global Analysis of Sustainability and the Telecoupling of Land and Water Systems II

Global change drivers, including population, income, technology, and trade, are placing increasing stress on local land and water systems across an interconnected world. These sustainability stresses vary by locality, due to heterogeneity in governance, culture, climate, hydrology, soils, and socio-economic practices. Furthermore, these localities can be telecoupled (environmentally and socioeconomically interconnected) to other systems around the world through flows between these systems, such as the movement of people, goods, and information. Through these flows, local stress responses can influence distant systems, and can feed back to regional and global systems through markets and biophysical spillovers. Therefore, analysis of sustainability solutions must embrace methodologies capable of examining connections across systems and scales. This session will include presentations by members of the NSF-funded GLASSNET project, as well as other scientists contributing to use cases and analyses of connected land and water systems, such as global-to-local-to-global methodologies and the telecoupling framework.

Conveners from I-GUIDE:

  • Thomas Hertel, Purdue University
  • Jianguo Liu, Michigan State University
  • Nicholas Manning, Michigan State University
  • Carol Song, Purdue University

 

GC521-0252 – Evaluating Cascading Disaster Impacts Through the Telecoupling Framework: a Case Study Using Midwest Drought and the Cerrado of Brazil

In an interconnected world, disaster impacts can cascade across coupled human-natural systems. Yet, these impacts are generally assessed only in the area in which the disaster directly occurred. The telecoupling framework provides a method for understanding the complex connections within a system (e.g., area where a disaster occurs) and between distant systems. Here, we use the telecoupling framework to analyze the impacts of a major drought across the US Midwest on the Cerrado of Brazil by evaluating the agents, causes, and effects in each system and the flows between systems. The Midwest and Brazil are top exporters of soybeans, so, despite their distance, a major disaster in the Midwest could decrease domestic soybean production and give a competitive advantage to Brazil. This could drive land conversion in Brazil’s soybean frontier located across the Cerrado, a region considered the world’s most biodiverse tropical savanna. By combining the telecoupling framework with geospatial and time-series analysis of deforestation and drought, we will show how this work can expand current cascading disaster research by explicitly linking the impacts within systems and between distant systems.

Conveners from I-GUIDE

  • Nicholas Manning, Michigan State University
  • Jianguo Liu, Michigan State University
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