Finalized:Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Author(s):Elchin Jafarov, Lynn Yarmey, Kevin Schaefer, Antonia Rosati
Poster presented at the 2015 All Hands Meeting.
Permafrost has been deemed an Environmental Indicator and an Essential Climate Variable by agencies monitoring the Earth’s climate. Comprehensive datasets of ground temperatures and seasonal freeze/thaw depths at local, regional, and global scales are necessary for more effective modeling of permafrost thermodynamics and for communicating the magnitude of permafrost thawing to stakeholders. Despite this wide recognition of global importance and need, permafrost data remain difficult to access and reuse. Global scientific and policy communities need comprehensive and up-to-date maps of permafrost distribution and status. Through science-driven cyberinfrastructure (CI), we set of scalable, multi-faceted services to address the complexity of permafrost data access and usability. Recognizing the importance of coordinated efforts in this area, we leverage progress in Global Terrestrial Network - Permafrost (GTN-P) CI, advance GTN-P community interests, and contribute valuable functionality and data to this necessary system. Connecting permafrost data, systems, and services will strategically centralize resource-heavy data integration work currently duplicated by every lab using permafrost data. By making permafrost data reuse easier, we support advances in knowledge by freeing critical time for unique research and analyses.
Jafarov, E.; et. al. (2015), Science-Driven Cyberinfrastructure: Integrating Permafrost Data, Services, and Research Applications. Presented at EarthCube All Hands Meeting, Washington, DC, 27-29 May 2015. http://earthcube.org/document/2015/science-driven-cyberinfrastructure-poster