New Opportunities – Spring 2018

We’ve been busy lately, including following up on the Data Rescue and Data Integration workshops with more materials to share (you can already access most of them here!), and wanted to share some new opportunities.
EarthCube All Hands Meeting
The EarthCube All Hands Meeting will be held June 6-8, 2018 in Washington, DC (our abstracts here). We are very excited to be able to bring a coral-reef-science guest or two to this meeting through reimbursement of travel and registration costs. Two people who work with coral reef data from a repository perspective will also attend with us as part of the CRESCYNT community. Please email us if you’re interested! (Registration is $250 before May 11)
CoralNET Software Update
CoralNET software for automated analysis of coral reef benthic imagery is getting a revision, and its developers would like your input. What feature improvements and new developments would you like to see? Add your feedback to this thread. More background here. (If you haven’t tried it yet, this is the time to do it – fresh users are a great source of important feedback.)
Nat’l Academies Workshop on Interventions to Increase Resilience of Coral Reefs

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Attendance is free and open to the public, online or in person.

View the agenda and register.

 

>>>Go to the blog Masterpost or the CRESCYNT website or NSF EarthCube.<<<

New Opportunities – Spring 2018

Chasing Coral is now on Netflix – A Powerful Film to See and Share

Please credit The Ocean Agency - XL Catlin Seaview Survey - Richard Vevers &amp; Christophe Bailhache
Coral Bleaching and its Aftermath – a scene from Chasing Coral. Credit: The Ocean Agency – XL Catlin Seaview Survey – Richard Vevers & Christophe Bailhache

Several of the coral reef scientists featured in the film Chasing Coral are CRESCYNT participants, including our PI, Dr Ruth D Gates, and we congratulate and thank them all for their eloquence, passion, deep experience, scientific integrity, and significant intellectual contributions to this powerful film. Chasing Coral‘s producers are making it available free for public screenings, and its focus now is educating audiences and moving people to action.

It’s not too late for coral reefs…  indeed, for many other ecosystems that are facing challenges from climate change. It’s still possible to reduce the rate at which the climate is changing, and that’s within our power today.” – Dr Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

 

>>>Go to NSF EarthCube or the CRESCYNT website or the blog Masterpost.<<<

Chasing Coral is now on Netflix – A Powerful Film to See and Share

CRESCYNT at EarthCube All Hands Meeting 2017

EarthCube domain scientists, computer scientists, data scientists, and new members gathered in Seattle June 7-9, 2017 to communicate progress, connect over projects and science challenges, plan for future collaborative work, and welcome new participants.

Most of the presentations and posters from the meeting are available here. CRESCYNT program manager Ouida Meier delivered an invited talk on sci-tech matchmaking (video|slides, helped facilitate breakout sessions focused on clarifying requirements and resources for virtual workbenches (summary), and presented CRESCYNT coral reef use cases and workflow collaboration during a poster session. Discussion and collective brainstorming throughout the meeting was very dynamic and fruitful.

CRESCYNTposter_EC-AHM_Seattle_2017June

Download a larger pdf of the CRESCYNT poster – Earth Cube AHM 2017.

Read more EarthCube in the News.

 

>>>Go to NSF EarthCube or the CRESCYNT website or the blog Masterpost.<<<

CRESCYNT at EarthCube All Hands Meeting 2017

Resources for Coral Reef Education – by Judy Lemus

divers_lpittman_pixabay.jpgWe all recognize that communication and education about science concepts and the process of science is more important than ever.  Fortunately, coral reefs are charismatic ecosystems that inspire much curiosity, concern, and interest from many sectors of society.  While there is no shortage of stunning images and videos online, resources that combine these visuals with robust educational content can be more challenging to identify; they do exist and I’ve put together some of my favorites here. The list is not exhaustive, and we welcome your suggestions for great additions.

EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES. These resources provide educational information about coral reefs across multiple levels and concepts, often using multimedia.

Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum. The KSLOF has perhaps the most comprehensive website on coral reef ecology. The site is set up as a course with several units and resources with very nice graphics and high quality videos geared specifically for students and teachers. Lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and Common Core State Standards for K-12, but some of the material could easily be used in a college level course. A major downside to this site is that one must register to use it.

Smithsonian Ocean Portal. The Smithsonian’s website for coral and coral reefs is not as media-rich as the KSLOF, but does have a great deal of scientific information about corals.  Only a couple of lesson plans are offered, but the richness of the content lies in the embedded links to additional images and other stories. The science is backed up with oversight by Smithsonian coral reef biologist Nancy Knowlton.

MarineBio Coral Reefs. The MarineBio website is somewhat of a clearinghouse for other marine bio resources, but the educational content on coral reefs is good quality and quite extensive if you follow the links.  Like the Smithsonian site, there are links to both internal and external resources. The short videos featured throughout the site, generally from outside sources, are particularly engaging.

OTHER WEBSITES WITH EXTENSIVE INFORMATION ABOUT CORAL REEFS

National Ocean Service

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

USGS Coral Reef Project

Coral Reef Alliance

Teach Ocean Science

ReefBase

Great Barrier Reef Foundation

Coral Triangle Initiative

Endangered Reefs, Threatened People

Coral Health Atlas

VIDEOS ABOUT CORALS AND CORAL REEFS. There are loads of videos of corals and coral reefs on the web; these excellent examples incorporate educational content.

Catlin Seaview

Chasing Coral (available through Netflix)

Climate Change: Coral Reefs on the Edge

Exploring the Coral Reef: Learn about Oceans for Kids

Corals Under Confocal

Coral bleaching caused by heating water (time-lapse)

Life Noggin – What Happens if All the Coral Dies? (animation)

Coral Bleaching Animation – HHMI BioInteractive Video (animation)

Coral Bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef (animation)

SCIENCE NEWS SITES. These science news websites regularly post stories on coral reefs.

ScienceDaily

LiveScience


Thanks to Dr. Judy Lemus for this cream-of-the-crop list. Judy is a Faculty Specialist in Science Education at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology; fortunately for us, she is also the Education Node Leader for CRESCYNT. You can download Judy’s list in pdf format.

>>>Go to NSF EarthCube or the CRESCYNT website or the blog Masterpost.<<<

Resources for Coral Reef Education – by Judy Lemus

CRESCYNT Toolbox – Workflows as Collaboration Space and Workbench Blueprint

puzzle-juggling_pixabayScientists need better ways to analyze and integrate their data and collaborate with other scientists; new computing technologies and tools can help with this. However, it’s difficult to overcome the challenge of disparate perspectives and the absence of a common vocabulary: this is true of multidisciplinary science teams, and true when scientists try to talk with computer scientists. Workflows, as a way to help design and implement a workbench, are needed both as a collaboration space and a blueprint for implementation.

Take a look at a recent presentation to the EarthCube science committee (video) or an earlier presentation offered at ASLO 2017 (slides and voice) to see a flexible and low-tech way to simultaneously (1) facilitate necessary sci-tech interactions for your own lab and (2) begin to sketch out a blueprint for work that needs to be done. Subsequent technical implementation is possible with new tools including Common Workflow Language (CWL) as a set of specifications, Dockers as modular and sharable containers for either fully developed tools or small pieces of code, and Nextflow as an efficient and highly scalable definitive software language to make the computational work happen. Look for a post in the near future by Mahdi Belcaid to describe the technical implementation of these workflows.

OPPORTUNITY! We will be hosting one or two in-person skills training workshops in the coming months, with your expenses covered by our NSF EarthCube CRESCYNT grant, focused particularly on training early career professionals, and will work through some challenging coral reef use cases and their cyberinfrastructure needs. We collected some great use cases at ICRS, but would like additional cases to consider, so we invite you to describe your own research challenges through this google form. Please contact us for more on this, or other issues. Thanks!

>>>Go to the blog Masterpost or the CRESCYNT website or NSF EarthCube.<<<

CRESCYNT Toolbox – Workflows as Collaboration Space and Workbench Blueprint