What is Environmental Intelligence?

February 28, 2017
By Jessica Rohde

Traditionally, researchers collect data, develop models, and communicate results through well-established channels that are often slow and inefficient.  While the vetting of scientific results ensures that the conclusions are of the highest quality, the process is not well-aligned with the need for rapid information delivery in the face of environmental transitions that are putting stress on ecosystems and human populations.  As the Arctic continues to experience dramatic changes, there is an urgent imperative to expedite timely, reliable and actionable information to stakeholders.

Environmental Intelligence (EI) is a system through which information about a particular region or process is collected for the benefit of decision makers through the use of more than one inter-related source.  EI is timely, reliable and suitable for decision matrix support and integrates observations with modeling and effective data management.  The Environmental Intelligence Cycle includes the collection, processing, analysis, assessment and application of information that then informs the next round of information collection.  The faster the Environmental Intelligence Cycle can be prosecuted, the more responsive an entity or agency can be to the needs of stakeholders.

The IARPC EI Collaboration Team provides an ideal platform for working across the observing, modeling, and data management components of the EI space. The EICT supports the end-to-end integration of research and application efforts across the linked and iterative steps of problem identification, environmental observing, understanding, prediction, and decision support.  Since most decision-making contexts require a holistic view, integration of research across the components of the Arctic System, as well as interactions with other parts of the Earth System, is essential.

The EICT welcomes diverse participation from researchers interested in integrating the observing, modeling, and data management components of research in the Arctic. If you can contribute, please request an account on the IARPC Collaborations member space and join the EICT.  

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of the Environmental Intelligence Collaboration Team Leaders Jeremy Mathis(NOAA) and Anjuli Bamzai (NSF).

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