Associate Professor Mike Dietze hosts NOAA webinar on predicting nature

Associate Professor Mike Dietze hosts “Solving the Challenge of Predicting Nature: How Close Are We and How Do We Get There?” as part of NOAA’s National Ocean Service Science Seminar Series.

Wednesday, September 12, 12-1PM EDT

Is nature predictable? If so, can we use that understanding to better manage and conserve ecosystems? Near-term ecological forecasting is an emerging interdisciplinary research area that aims to improve our ability to predict ecological processes on timescales that can be meaningfully validated and iteratively updated. In this talk I argue that near-term forecasting is a win-win for accelerating basic science and making it more relevant to society. I will focus on the challenges and opportunities in this field, spanning advances in environmental monitoring, statistics, and cyberinfrastructure. I will present a first-principles framework for understanding the predictability of ecological processes and synthesizing this understanding across different systems. Finally, I will highlight ongoing efforts to build an ecological forecasting community of practice.

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