Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Working Group
CSDMS plans on strong and fully integrated Education and Knowledge Transfer components. CSDMS will focus its knowledge transfer efforts on three CSDMS end-user groups: researchers, planners, and educators. CSDMS will target:
- Researchers with model and visualization tools for the testing of hypotheses in support of data interpretation, and development of field programs. The archiving of benchmark data sets, documented source code, and the ability to download models with user-friendly graphical interfaces are key components of the Center's knowledge transfer objective.
- Planners with decision-making tools to run scenarios, and relate GIS output to environmental factors and land use while quantifying uncertainties.
- Educators with pre-packaged models to help illustrate surface processes, tools to build intuition with “what-if”-type model runs, case studies that integrate field data and model simulations, and prepare exploratory exercises for students. The Web-Data Specialist and EKT Specialist will be expected to work closely together and will be carefully selected to have good popular-science writing skills.
Our principal Education audiences are university students, professionals, teachers at the secondary school and college levels, and the general public. Resources to support this effort will not become available until the third year of the CSDMS effort, due to NSF budget reductions. CSDMS will jump-start our Education and KT activities by coordinating them closely with the EKT programs at the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED), a funded NSF Science and Technology Center devoted to developing a predictive, quantitative understanding of the processes that shape the Earth's Surface.
|National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED)|
|University of Minnesota|
|23rd Ave SE|
|Minneapolis, MN 55414|
The next meeting of the EKT Working Group will be held jointly with the Hydrology Focus Research Group and the Cyberinformatics and Numerics Working Group. The two day meeting is being planned for November 16-17, 2009 near the CSDMS Integration Facility at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder, Colorado. Interested: Read more about the meeting and how to participate.
Format: The format will consist of a mix of presentations, demonstrations and hands-on exercises, breakout discussion groups, and writing sessions. Most time will be devoted to breakout-group and whole-group discussions.
Agenda: Please follow this link to view the agenda dated November 4, 2009.
Do you want to become part of CSDMS? Please do so in joining a Working Group or Focus Research Group.