The COMET Project (for COast-to-Mountain Environmental Transect) is funded by the NSF Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Observatories: Prototype Systems to Address Cross-Cutting Needs (CEO:P) initiative. The project team
includes UC Davis faculty, researchers, and students from computer
science, atmospherics sciences, environmental sciences, oceanography,
and remote sensing.
The goal of the project is to develop a cyberinfrastructure prototype to facilitate the study of the way in which multiple environmental factors, including climate variability, affect major ecosystems along an elevation gradient from coastal California to the summit of the Sierra Nevada.
An understanding of the coupling between the strength of the California
upwelling system and terrestrial ecosystem carbon exchange is the
central scientific question. Additional scientific goals are to better
understand the way in which atmospheric dust is transported to Lake Tahoe and an examination of carbon flux
in the coastal zone as moderated by upwelling processes. The geographic
context is one in which there is a diversity of ecosystems that are
believed to be sensitive to climatological changes.
The dispersion and complexity of the data needed to answer the
scientific questions motivate the development of a state-of-the-art
cyberinfrastructure to facilitate the scientific research. This
cyberinfrastructure is based on the integration of access to
distributed and varied data collections and sensor data streams,
semantic registration of data, models and analysis tools,
semantically-aware data query mechanisms, and an orchestration system
for advanced scientific workflows. Access to this cyberinfrastructure
is provided via specialized "gadgets" and embeddable applications.
More information about the data and models available in this
project can obtained through the navigation menu on the left. A project
summary can be found here.