CyberWay—An EarthCube Integrated System for Facilitating Cyber-based Interdisciplinary Geoscience Studies

Authors: Liping Di*, George Mason University, Ziheng Sun, George Mason University, Chen Zhang, George Mason University, Eugene Yu, George Mason University, James Kinter, George Mason University, David Bromwich, Ohio State University, Steve F. Browdy, OMS Tech
Topics: Cyberinfrastructure, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Earth Science
Keywords: Cyberinfrastructure, system of systems, GIScience, interoperability, EarthCube
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Over the past several years, the NSF EarthCube program has funded a number of building block projects to demonstrate the advantage of cyberinfrastructure (CI) technologies in facilitating and transforming geoscience research. Most of building blocks attempted to solve the disciplinary-specific issues identified through the EarthCube end-user domain workshops. Although the capabilities of many building blocks are complementary and a combination of those capabilities is potentially much more powerful than individual capabilities alone, they still exist within individual building blocks and combined use of them is difficult or even impossible at present. In order to solve this problem, an integrated system of systems, namely CyberWay, is being built through integrating the capabilities and systems of multiple existing EarthCube building blocks, particularly BCube, CyberConnector, CHORDS, and GeoWS. To demonstrate innovative ways of conducting geoscience research with the advanced CI, CyberWay is being applied to five disparate polar science and atmospheric science research projects funded by the NSF Geoscience Directorate as examples. Three scientific use cases have been developed with CyberWay, including (1) improved evaluation of teleconnections in polar science and regional climate science to advance understanding of important and rapid changes taking place in the Arctic, (2) confronting models with Earth observations through inter-comparison and validation techniques enabled by CyberWay, and (3) streamlined data pre-processing, access, and interoperability for modeling. CyberWay is being built by geoscientists and CI specialists from five collaborating institutes. Once it is complete, the system will become an element of the NSF EarthCube operational infrastructure.

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