Real-life impacts of innovative science revealed in four Cybera project videos

Leading-edge Alberta-based research initiatives in resource management, climate change and space weather phenomena are showcased in four project videos released by Cybera today. The videos highlight four CANARIE-funded Network-Enabled Platform (NEP) projects managed by Cybera: the Canadian Space Science Data Portal (CSSDP), the Cloud-Enabled Space Weather Modeling and Data Assimilation Platform (CESWP)GeoChronos, and the Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Sensing (GeoCENS). Collectively, the projects represent a $4.6 million investment in Alberta-based research and development teams.
 
'€œThese videos demonstrate Cybera'€™s leadership in ground-breaking, Alberta-based initiatives like these CANARIE-funded NEP projects,'€ says Robin Winsor, Cybera President and CEO. '€œThrough an in-depth look at these projects, Cybera is educating viewers about the impact and potential of cyberinfrastructure technologies on research and society.'€
 
'€œThe videos powerfully demonstrate how advanced networks like CANARIE and Cybera, and other cyberinfrastructure technologies, are transforming research and opening up new possibilities for understanding our earth, our universe, and how both are changing over time,'€ says Jim Roche, CANARIE President and CEO. '€œCANARIE is proud of our partnership with Cybera and the research and development teams that are driving Canadian leadership in environmental and space science research.'€
 
The results of these projects have the potential to impact government and industry decision-making processes. For example, the GeoCENS project is shedding light on how social and economic activities impact the earth'€™s ecosystem. '€œSensor web technologies, such as GeoCENS, have the potential to revolutionize the way scientists collect, access and share environmental sensing data,'€ says Steve Liang, Co-Principal Investigator for GeoCENS.
 
Discoveries made using the GeoChronos portal will also contribute to environmental management and policy. '€œIn GeoChronos we are exploring the use of the latest technologies to provide earth observation scientists with new and effective ways to share and access scientific data and applications,'€ says Cameron Kiddle, GeoChronos Technical Lead. '€œThe video does a great job in highlighting the potential impact of the GeoChronos platform.'€
 
In the area of space science, data shared in the CSSDP web portal will enable satellite-sensitive sectors to better protect their systems from the disruptive impacts of space weather fluctuations. '€œThe CSSDP web portal facilitates access to distributed data, computer models and analysis tools, and promises to transform how space scientists strive to understand the effect of the Sun on the near-Earth space environment,'€ says CSSDP Principal Investigator, Robert Rankin.
 
Similarly, CESWP uses cloud-computing technologies to simplify researcher access to space weather simulation tools and models while reducing operational complexities and costs. '€œCESWP and its technologies are going to open an entire new world of possibilities for researchers,'€ says Barton Satchwill, CESWP Senior Developer.
 
For more information about these, and other Cybera pilot projects, please click here.