January 3, 2012

NASA Awards Grant to Informatics Group

The National Aeronautic and Space Administration has announced a grant of more than $1 million to fund a collaboration that will bring together NASA remote sensing technology with predictive modeling applications to develop and maintain data about the effects of climate change.
 
The project is entitled  "Earth, Life and Semantic Web (ELSeWeb): An Earth observation-driven, semantic web system for computational modeling of the impact of changing climate on ecosystems and human/environmental health systems." Partners in the grant include the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Kansas.
 
At KU, the work will be led by James Beach and Aimee Stewart, who heads up KU's Lifemapper program (lifemapper.org).
 
The research team will seek to develop information systems that allow researchers to demonstrate potential changes in climate and ecosystem conditions. The project will link three existing information technologies, including Lifemapper, to  model and analyze the ways that changes in climate will affect the distribution of animals and plants.