29
Apr
2014

Just a few short days before Earth Day, the April edition of Inside the Discovery Cloud focused on the Planet & Environment research area, with talks by Argonne’s Scott Collis and UChicago’s Elisabeth Moyer. Moyer, co-director of the CI’s Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) and assistant professor in the Department of Geophysical Sciences, works on both the experimental and the modeling sides of climate research, giving her a unique perspective on how models are constructed and used for science and policy. In her talk, Moyer looks back at the motivation for forming RDCEP five years ago: to build decision-making tools that connect climate, energy, and economic models.​

25
Apr
2014

April’s Inside The Discovery Cloud talks dealt with the other kind of clouds, those that we see in the sky above. For the Planet & Environment edition of the series, we invited Scott Collis of Argonne National Laboratory and Elisabeth Moyer of the University of Chicago to talk about their work on both the experimental and modeling sides of atmospheric research.

23
Apr
2014

The importance of moving data can’t be underestimated. In a time of increasingly far-flung scientific collaborations, advanced instruments, and rapidly ballooning datasets, getting data from point A to point B can be the primary brake on the speed of discovery. But once the data reaches its destination, there’s still much to be done, and many tasks that can be accelerated using cloud-based cyberinfrastructure: sharing data securely, analyzing it, even publishing datasets for other scientists to use and build upon.

10
Apr
2014

Through civic hacking events and open data portals, the Obama administration has embraced the potential of data and programming to improve the performance of government for its citizens. As academia and industry increasingly moves toward using computational techniques to inform policy decisions, these more ambitious efforts have also attracted the attention of the White House. On April 4th, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) convened a panel called “Analytical Techniques to Improve Public Policy Decision-Making” at their regular meeting, inviting CI Senior Fellow Charlie Catlett and three other experts to report on the promise of this young research area.

08
Apr
2014

In the era of “Big Data”-based science, accessing and sharing of data plays a key role for scientific collaboration and research. The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has implemented  a new feature of the Globus software that will allow researchers using the Center’s computational and storage resources to easily and securely access and share large data sets with colleagues. ​SDSC is the first supercomputer center in the National Science Foundation’s XSEDE (eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) program to offer the new and unique Globus sharing service. 

07
Apr
2014

It’s a short question, but a massive one: How will climate change impact Chicago? Scientific studies and climate models tell us that climate change is happening, and make broad forecasts about how different the Earth’s climate will be over the next century. But when it comes to making specific predictions about how climate change will affect the lives of people in a particular city, today’s models don’t provide any clear answers.