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Thu, 01 Oct 2009

Semantic Tools for Ecological Data Management (Semtools)
The Semantic Tools for Data Management (Semtools) project is tackling critical issues in the management and use of heterogeneous scientific data. Existing approaches to managing data and associated metadata fail to adequately capture the semantics of the scientific process, thereby impeding the utility of those data for important scientific issues. Semtools will provide new capabilities for data access, discovery, integration, and visualization by developing software tools that utilize semantically annotated data and metadata. This project will create semantic enhancements to the EML structured metadata format, the Morpho metadata editing software, and the Metacat metadata and data management system. Semtools is a collaboration between NCEAS, UC Davis, and the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER. Funded in 2008 by the National Science Foundation - DBI-0743429.
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Three major fires burn Santa Barbara Coastal watersheds in less than a year
Two major blazes, the Tea fire in November 2008 and the Jesusita Fire in May 2009, have occurred in the Santa Barbara area since the July 2008 GAP Fire that charred nearly 10,000 acres of watershed lands in the Goleta foothills, resulting in the loss of nearly 300 homes. The total acreage burned in less than one year in these three fires exceeds 20,000 acres of watershed lands located in and above the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta. Additional information and maps is available from the County Public Works Department. SBC-LTER collects data that will help evaluate the effects of these 3 major fires on the composition of runoff and stream discharge in a variety of catchments. Automated monitoring instruments such as rainfall gauges, a stream flow gauge and a remote solar powered webcam maintained by the USGS and cooperating agencies were added on San Pedro Creek in Goleta in 2008. Real time data for stream flow are available on the USGS website, and are also harvested by the Climate and Hydrology Database (CLIM/HYDRODB).
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2009 LTER All Scientists Meeting
SBC-LTER was represented by ~20 participants at the LTER All Scientists Meeting September 14-16, 2009 in Estes Park, Colorado. For more information on the meeting and program visit the Santa Barbara Coastal's posters and Powerpoint presentations can be found on our internal data server.
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Tue, 11 Aug 2009

SBC Investigator, Steve Gaines, receives award from Joint Ocean Commission
SBC Investigator Steve Gaines received the first Marc J. Hershman Excellence in Mentoring award from the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative at the Coastal Zone ’09 conference in Boston, MA. This award was established to honor the memory of Professor Marc Hershman, a leader in the field of ocean and coastal policy and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. The award is presented to individuals in the academic community who educate, train and inspire students and post-docs to pursue careers in ocean and coastal policy thus exemplifying the legacy of Professor Hershman. More information on this award and Steve's research can be found in the press release on this web site:
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Wed, 15 Jul 2009

SBC Investigator, Brad Cardinale, receives UCSB Plous Award
SBC-LTER Investigator Brad Cardinale was given the 2009-10 Harold J. Plous award, one of UCSB's most prestigious faculty honors. The award honors outstanding teaching and mentoring of students in biodiversity and ecosystems research. Dr. Cardinale joined the faculty in 2005, and has won international acclaim for his research documenting the impact species extinction on biolgical processes. More information on Brad's research can be found on his lab's web site:
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Wed, 13 May 2009

EML 2.1.0 Released
An upgrade of our data exchange specificiation, Ecological Metadata Language (EML-2.1.0) is now available at SBC LTER's Information manager acted as the coordinator for the release of this version.
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Fri, 27 Feb 2009

SBC Investigator, Sally Holbrook presents at NSF
SBC-LTER and MCR-LTER Investigator, Sally Holbrook, presented a talk at the 8th Annual LTER Mini-symposium hosted by the National Science Foundation on February 26. The theme of this year's symposium is: Ecological Connectivity and Climate in a Changing World: Perspectives from Long-Term Ecological Research. Sally's talk is titled "Connectivity and Species Change". The symposium will be attended by a broad spectrum of representatives from federal agencies and as well as legislators. More information and the agenda can be found here:
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Mon, 09 Feb 2009

SBC LTER featured on NASA's Earth Observatory
SBC and the LTER were featured on NASA's Earth Observatory Image of the Day on February 9, 2009. To view the image, go to this link: SBC collects data in the kelp beds visible close to the coast in the image.
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Sun, 01 Feb 2009

LTER Investigators join Coastal Barrier Island Network
SBC investigator Jenny Dugan and Don Young from VCR participated in the inaugural meeting of the Coastal Barrier Island Network (CBIN) in Galveston, TX in January. Jenny was invited to join CBIN to represent coastal marine ecology interests in barrier islands along with a west coast perspective. The CBIN project, recently funded by the National Science Foundation, will develop an interdisciplinary network to address the effective management of barrier island ecosystems under the pressure of global climate change (e.g., sea level rise and increased hurricane activity) and continued urbanization. Through the CBIN, scientists from a wide variety of fields, as well as municipal planners, will participate in workshops, summer courses for students, newsletters, and an interactive website that will emphasize public and educational outreach activities. For more information on the CBIN, go to this link:
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Thu, 15 Jan 2009

SBC Investigator, Dave Siegel, named AAAS Fellow
SBC Investigator David Siegel was awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of his research and distinguished contributions in the fields of ocean optics and bio-optics, ocean color-remote sensing, implications of ocean mixing and spatial interactions in population dynamics. Dave is a professor in the Department of Geography and the director of the Institute for Computational Earth System Science. Dave and 5 other UCSB faculty will receive their awards at the Fellow Forum on February 14th during the 2009 AAAS annual meeting in Chicago, IL. More information on Dave's research can be found on his webpage: (
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