S-E2 Towards a food-energy-water-nexus data and data science community

Data and data science are crucial in addressing the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus for understanding problems, connections, and impacts as well as for monitoring Earth resources for timely detection and management of risks, e.g., hot-spots of resource choke-points. Challenges include fragmented data with diverse collection protocols, representations, monitoring frameworks, and analysis tools with little coordination among producers and consumers.

This symposium will review a draft report from a recent NSF workshop on data science for FEW nexus and continue discussions towards building a FEW nexus data community via a panel discussion, which will explore experiences of other data communities (e.g., Climate, Astronomy) and assess new opportunities (e.g., NSF Big-Data Spokes) to increase use and sharing of available data and to help automate data life-cycle.

Moderator: Shashi Shekhar, McKnight Distinguished University Professor, University of Minnesota


  • Chaitanya Baru, Senior Advisor for Data Science, National Science Foundation
  • Vipin Kumar, Regents Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Ranga Vatsavai, Associate Professor in Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University
  • Alex Szalay, Alumni Centennial Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Bradley Doorn, Program Manager, Earth Science Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Lawrence Buja, Director, Climate Science and Applications Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dr. Bradley Doorn is the Program Manager for Water Resources in the Applied Science Program of the Earth Science Division of NASA. He also serves as the Applied Sciences Program Lead on three satellite missions, among various interagency and international leadership duties. Previously, Dr. Doorn was the Remote Sensing Coordinator and Division Director of the International Production Assessment Division of the Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA. He also spent nearly 10 years on active duty as a Topographic Engineer in the U.S. Army. Dr. Doorn received his doctorate and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University in Geodetic Science and Surveying and his bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. 202-358-2187, Bradley.Doorn@nasa.gov

Lawrence Buja directs the Climate Science and Applications Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. USDA’s new “Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System” report shows climate change risks extending across every element of the global food system critical for food security, including processing, storage, transportation, trade, and consumption, with important implications for the US. The food-energy-water community will need to extend the federated big data approaches that transformed the climate science community over the last decade to address the much harder problem of integrating diverse, interdisciplinary data assets to identify effective adaptation and mitigation intervention points. Most recently he was P.I. on USDA’s Global Food Security report for the US National Climate Assessment. 303-497-1330, southern@ucar.edu

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