The NSF funded EFI Research Coordination Network (EFI-RCN) is hosting a NEON Ecological Forecast Challenge with the goal to create a community of practice that builds capacity for ecological forecasting by leveraging NEON data products. The Challenge revolves around the five theme areas listed below that span aquatic and terrestrial systems, and population, community, and ecosystem processes across a broad range of ecoregions that uses data collected by NEON.
As a community, we are excited to learn more about the predictability of ecological processes by forecasting NEON data prior to its release. What modeling frameworks, mechanistic processes, and statistical approaches best capture community, population, and ecosystem dynamics? These questions are answerable by a community generating a diverse array of forecasts. The Challenge is open to any individual or team that wants to submit forecasts and includes categories for different career stages. Individuals or team contacts can register to submit forecasts HERE.
The design of the Challenge is the result of contributions of over 200 participants in the May 2020 virtual EFI-RCN meeting, including partner organizations, and the hard work from the Design Teams that have developed the protocols for each of the themes.
|Terrestrial Carbon and Water Fluxes
Overview of Cyberinfrastructure used in the Challenge
Version 1 of the NEON Ecological Forecasting Challenge Protocols
Thomas, R.Q., C. Boettiger, C. Carey, M. Dietze, A. Fox, M.A. Kenney, C.M. Laney, J.S. McLachlan, J. Peters, J.F. Weltzin, W.M. Woelmer, J.R. Foster, J.P. Guinnip, A. Spiers, S. Ryan, K.I. Wheeler, A.R. Young, L.R. Johnson, S. Burnet, R. McClure, C. Brown, J. Zwart, G. Burba, J. Cleverly, A. Desai, W. Hammond, D. Lombardozzi, M. Bitters, M. Chen, S. LaDeau, C. Lippi, B. Melbourne, W. Moss, K. Gerst, C. Jones, A. Richardson, B. Seyednasrolla, T. Dallas, N. Franz, K. Norman, T. Surasinghe, E. Sokol, K. Yule. (2021). Ecological Forecasting Initiative: NEON Ecological Forecasting Challenge documentation V1.0 (v1.0). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4780155
*This version was used for round 1 of the Forecasting Challenge. The current instructions linked above are for subsequent rounds of the Challenge.
These videos provide a) an overview of why we need forecasts and why we are using NEON data, b) describes Forecasting Challenges in general, and c) provides an overview of the draft Ecological Forecast Standards that the EFI Cyberinfrastructure, Methods & Tools, and Theory Working Groups have developed. The Standards are still in beta testing, but you can find details on this GitHub repo which summarizes the proposed standards.