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Thursday, January 28 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Carbon Management, Food, Agriculture, Human well-being: Using informatics to connect the climate action dots

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The Biden plan for a “Clean Energy revolution and environmental justice” includes the objective “decarbonizing the food and agriculture sector, and leveraging agriculture to remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the ground”. This session will focus on science, technology, and policy relevant to that objective, selected UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a private sector approach for low-carbon grain, and the science that researchers bring to inform policy and decisions.

How to prepare for this session:
During the session, attendees will be introduced to a high-level concept map that provides a landscape overview of the concepts that will be addressed in the session. That concept map will be incrementally evolved as each of our invited speakers present their materials. At the end of the presentations, attendees will be assigned small breakout groups to continue evolving the concept map.  You are strongly encouraged to familiarize yourself with the "seed" concept map before the session.

The Agriculture and Climate Cluster (ACC) has recently focused on science and technology topics that wrap around the transdisciplinary pipeline connecting data to decisions. This fall, the Cluster organized a do-a-thon to semantically tag selected SDG targets, and are planning further joint activities with the Research Data Alliance’s SDG Interest Group (the RDA SDG IG). The SDGs are a useful conceptual vehicle to place into context US climate actions. 

Our guest speakers are: 
  • Linsday Barbieri, University of Vermont 
  • Todd Walter, Cornell University
  • Steele Lorenz, Farmers Business Network

In this session, three speakers will present a blend of science, technology, and policy topics relevant to the Biden plan objectives and the SDGs.  As the session unfolds, we shall be using a gradually evolving concept map to highlight relevant concepts mentioned by our invited speakers.  After the talks, attendees will be assigned to breakout groups.  Your task is to annotate the concept map by indicating concepts that you think are missing, how your own work may relate to the points discussed, or what you wish to see discussed in ACC monthly meetings.

Even more details:
You may wish to take a look at this machine-generated concept graph prior to the meeting.  The concept graph provides an idea of how we have experimented with a graph database to visualize the connections between various concepts and documents.  The topics covered in this session will be largely congruent to the topics highlighted in the concept graph.  Due to time constraints, we shall not be able to discuss this machine-generated version: instead, we shall collectively work on a concept map, as described above.

About the Agriculture and Climate Cluster: 
The Agriculture and Climate Cluster’s Wiki page has a complete provenance of our activities, including meeting minutes, links to meeting recordings, presentations, etc. The Wiki page is at: https://wiki.esipfed.org/Agriculture_and_Climate.

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Brian Wee

Founder and Managing Director, Massive Connections, LLC
Transdisciplinary scientist invested in the use of environmental data and information for science, education, and decision-making for challenges at the nexus of global environmental change, natural resources, and society. Strategized and executed initiatives to engage the US Congress... Read More →

Thursday January 28, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Room 6