International workshop on the design of an ecological observatory system for Colombia

November 21–25, 2016, Medellín

During a 5-day workshop in Medellín, Colombia, project participants will meet to identify data streams, computer models, and other resources necessary for the implementation of an ecological observatory system that facilitates scientific research. One key objective would be to quantify essential climate variables ECVs and essential biodiversity variables EBVs. In addition, other components of ecosystem functioning such as land-atmosphere interactions will be addressed within the context of the observatory network. We expect at the end of the workshop to have not only the list of the main data and computation resources, but also a long-term plan for funding and implementation of the observaroty system.

Preliminary Agenda

Monday, November 21, 9:00 am

  • Introductions among participants
  • Introduction to workshop goals
  • Introduction to collaboration tools
  • Introduction to EBVs and ECVs
  • Discussion

Tuesday, November 22, 8:30 am

Wednesday, November 23, 9:00 am

  • Presentations on available datasets
  • The DataCube
  • Presentations on available models and systems
  • Discussion on state variables and observation sets
  • Discussion

Thursday, November 24, 9:00 am

  • Technical design of a network
  • Conceptual workflow for implementation
  • Discussion

Friday, November 25, 9:00 am

  • Strategic planning: involment of other institutions and groups
  • Strategic planning: sources of funding
  • Assignment of writing tasks


The workshop will take place during the days 21, 23, 24, and 25 of November 2016 at the Inntu Hotel in Medellín.