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Visualization Technologies for Human-Environment Interactions

March 8th, 2012 / in research horizons, resources / by Erwin Gianchandani

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) — the newest of the national synthesis centers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) focused on fostering synthetic, actionable science related to the structure, functioning, and sustainability of socio-environmental systems — has issued a call for participation in a July workshop on visualization technologies that support research on human-environment interactions. Abstracts are due by April 20th, and travel expenses for lead authors will be covered by SESYNC.

According to the call:

One of SESYNC’s strategic goals is to foster the development of computational tools and services in support of researchers including scholars studying human-environment interactions.


SESYNC is hosting this workshop to focus especially on the visualization and use of spatial datasets from the social and environmental sciences. The workshop will discuss and identify some of the current visualization challenges and emerging opportunities in using spatial datasets to study human-environment interactions. We expect the meeting to be a ‘problem-solving’ workshop wherein domain scientists from the social and environmental sciences can learn about visualization tools and resources available for their work and computational scientists can learn about the as-yet unmet visualization needs in the domain sciences.


More specifically, the workshop will bring computational and domain scientists together to: (i) discuss some of the visualization challenges associated with using spatio-temporal datasets; (ii) recommend possible collaborative IT efforts that could be supported under the SESYNC’s programs or through other funding mechanisms; and (iii) set up a network of researchers to interact on a regular basis, share information, and exchange ideas about the priorities identified during the workshop.


SESYNC invites interested computational and domain scientists to submit abstracts (at most one page) related to the main goals of this workshop. Abstracts will be reviewed by a SESYNC Committee and a subset will be invited to participate in the workshop, subject to meeting capacity.

Submissions are due by e-mail to by April 20th. The workshop will take place July 23-24 in Annapolis, MD.

To learn more, check out the full full call for participation.

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)

Visualization Technologies for Human-Environment Interactions