IMAGe Brown Bag Seminar - Fire Ecology Applications for Information Systems of Big Data from Remote Sensing

08/18/2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
ML - Tower B - 3rd Floor - DARES Lounge

Fire Ecology Applications for Information Systems of Big Data from Remote Sensing

Natasha Stavros
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology

Remote Sensing is increasingly providing unprecedented amounts of highly multi-dimensional data. The underlying reasons for collecting this data is to provide information from which we can glean knowledge and inform both our scientific understanding of the Earth System, but also for decision making. Here I present a framework for how to think about big data and data product definition and development that supports both of these objectives. I relate the framework to examples of fire ecology such as the likelihood of megafire, resolving mechanistic understanding of fire behavior across the landscape and fire danger forecasting.

Biography

Dr. E. Natasha Stavros is a Science Applications System Engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. She specializes in end-to-end data and information system engineering, which includes facilitating collaborations among interdisciplinary researchers and decision makers (managers & policy), mapping inter-organizational information systems, assessing market needs, and architecting and managing projects/tasks to fill gaps between information demand and data supply. She developed these skills as a fire and terrestrial ecosystem ecologist, but applies them in other complex systems, with particular emphasis on NASA flight projects and data systems. She received a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder where her career with NASA began at the Laboratory of Atmosphere and Space Physics (LASP) doing mission operations and data analysis for data product calibration. She received a M.S. in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland specializing in remote observation integration into a mechanistic model for forest management, and a Ph.D. in Forest and Fire Ecology from the University of Washington specializing in linking climate, fire ecology, and air quality degradation.

 

Friday, August 18th 2017

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Mesa Lab, Tower B, 3rd Floor – DARES Lounge

(Bring your lunch)