Department of Geography, Yi-Fu Tuan Lecture Series Presents…
“Spatial Reasoning at Sea and Ashore: Directions and Challenges in Ocean Informatics”
Dawn Wright, from Oregon State University, Department of Geosciences
3:30 pm, 180 Science Hall
Abstract: Informatics is a term that has been used with increasing frequency to represent the growing collaboration between computer scientists, information scientists, and domain scientists to solve complex scientific questions. Earth system science is based upon the recognition that the Earth functions as a complex system of inter- related components that must be understood as a whole. Examples range from understanding the complex interactions at seafloor spreading centers systems, to exploring the structure and evolution of continental earthquakes and volcanoes, to informing regional decision- and policy-making across several themes in coastal zone management and marine spatial planning. Successfully addressing these scientific problems requires integrative and innovative approaches to analyzing, modeling, and developing extensive and diverse data sets. The current chaotic distribution of available data sets, lack of documentation about them, and lack of easy-to-use access tools and computer modeling and analysis codes are still major obstacles for scientists and educators alike. This talk discusses some of the recent advances in ocean informatics that are providing practical means to overcoming such problems, as well as the research challenges that still remain. Examples are drawn from ongoing projects in Wright’s seafloor mapping and marine GIS laboratory at Oregon State in the areas of marine data modeling, ocean metadata, vocabularies and ontologies, the geospatial semantic web, and applications for benthic habitat characterization, marine reserves, and integrated coastal zone management.
Co-sponsored by the Aquatic Sciences Center