Kansas University, one of the leaders in the development of Internet2, will host more than 60 research scientists at a workshop today and Thursday to explore new information and supercomputer technology.
Titled "Collaborative Research in Earth Systems Science" and sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the workshop will allow scientists to discuss research and prepare proposals in several areas.
Among the topics: use of satellite data for improved weather prediction, study of aviation weather hazards, use of information technology to assemble and integrate data on the animals and plants of the Great Plains, and study of the geologic record of the Red River.
Barbara Paschke, local coordinator for the workshop through the Kansas National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Office, said the workshop would have been unheard of in the Midwest two years ago.
But the development of high-speed computer technology and KU's leadership role in the development of Internet2 and the Great Plains Network have changed all that.
Internet2 is a proposed online database for scientific researchers.
The Great Plains Network is a high-speed computer communications system linking North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Developed with funds from the National Science Foundation, it gives researchers new opportunities to exchange data and use off-site supercomputers for their research.
At the conference, scientists from Kansas and the other Great Plains states will collaborate with their colleagues from other parts of the country, as well as Canada, to develop requests for funding from federal agencies. Representatives of federal agencies, such as the NSF, will attend the workshop to provide information about funding opportunities.
Additional funds for the workshop are being provided by the Kansas NSF EPSCoR office and the KU Center for Research Inc.
The event builds on a similar conference held late last year in Sioux Falls, S.D.