NEON - National Ecological Observatory Network

This is the organization I was mentioning @Jason_Bosch - funded by NSF and run by Battelle. Battelle also runs about eight department of energy labs. The technologies they are using will underpin biodiversity offset markets. Located in Boulder with different data collection installations across the continent.

The data is being fed to Arizona State University’s “sustainability” programs using the open-source platform Symbiota.

Everything is getting digitized an integrated from old specimens to remote-sensing data sets.

I also see that parametric insurance is being planned for biodiversity - coral reefs and mangroves. Interesting slideshare from last year from Swiss RE on new business models of ecosystem services.


That video even mentions North American lichen. Who watching that would ever think that this data would be tied to financial offset markets and insurance schemes? Very few I’m sure. Thanks for the links.

I see the WWF has a lot of reports on “Nature and Spatial Finance” Nature and Spatial Finance | WWF

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I’m not sure how long it will take before it’s all linked to the big game. Right now they are pitching it mostly for “research,” etc., but the fact that the data storage is situated at ASU (Michael Crow, In-Q-Tel) says something. My gut says we are in the phase where the infrastructure of standardization is being installed - taxonomy, remote sensing, machine learning and bid data analytics.

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Stefan Metzger’s patent:

The mission of the program is to sustain the capability of the tri-agency NEXRAD network to reliably observe and detect hazardous weather in support of forecast and warning programs, protection of military assets, the National Airspace System, and the national economy through timely infusion of technology transition and new capabilities.

NEXRAD provides essential data needed to achieve DOC/NOAA/NWS strategic objectives and goals. No other observation system is capable of providing these unique remote sensing data.

Department of Commerce (DOC):

Strategic Goal – Strengthen U.S. Economic and National Security Strategic Objective – Reduce Extreme Weather Impacts

Key strategies include:

1. Evolve the National Weather Service to deliver better forecasts, earlier warnings, and clearer communication of high-impact weather and water events.

2. Strengthen partnerships with America’s weather industry and other members of the weather, water, and climate enterprise.

3. Deploy the next generation of satellites, aircraft, ocean-going ships, and observation and data gathering systems.

4. Develop and deploy next-generation environmental observation and modeling systems to make informed planning, resources management, and investment decisions.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

Future Vision – Healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient in the face of change

Long-term Goal – Weather-Ready Nation

Objectives to achieve this goal include:

1. Reduced loss of life, property, and disruption from high-impact events
2. Improved freshwater resource management
3. Improved transportation efficiency and safety
4. Healthy people and communities due to improved air and water quality services
5. A more productive and efficient economy through environmental information relevant to key sectors of the U.S. economy

From November 2009:

This white paper examines why a larger array of innovative institutions, behaviors, technologies, and services is needed – specifically in the context of what we call “the climate imperative.” We explore possible mechanisms that can encourage the more robust development of innovative programs and policies within the State of California, with special attention to the activities of the California Public Utilities Commission. The potential for future innovation is described in the context of California’s impressive past technological and institutional achievements, especially as they impact energy efficiency improvements and energy policy more broadly. Notwithstanding its past achievements, we contend that if the Golden State is to meet the climate imperative head-on it will need to promote significantly greater levels of innovation in the development of new ideas, new services, and new technologies – and to do so at a scale that has not been previously imagined or managed. This will demand innovation in all of the four stages of the technology development pipeline. This paper is divided into four sections. The first two are the introduction and history of energy efficiency-related innovation in California. The main body of the paper identifies five large themes: (i) advancing ideas throughout the entire four-stage development pipeline, (ii) providing a compelling narrative, (iii) encouraging collaboration and interaction, (iv) exercising “solution swarming” techniques, and (v) directing what we might call “purposeful innovation.” All are relevant to addressing the climate imperative. We further contend that a full exploration of these five themes can yield valuable additional insights for the state of California. We conclude with five specific “next-step” recommendations derived from this larger review.

@AMcD See Solution-Oriented Swarm Intelligence

Preliminary Report


by F. A. Huff, R. C. Beebe, D. M. A. Jones, G. M. Morgan, Jr., and R. G. Semonin