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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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