[Esip-agclimate] Agriculture and Climate Cluster Updates

Brian Wee bwee at massiveconnections.com
Thu Jun 24 14:39:38 EDT 2021

Hello Agriculture and Climate Cluster (ACC):

In this email:
1.  Rescheduled ACC meeting next Tuesday 2021-06-29 1500 hrs EDT.
2.  L. Barbieri's dissertation defense seminar next Tuesday 2021-06-29 0900
hrs EDT.
3.  Public comment regarding USDA's climate strategy (and data needs).
4.  Rescheduled ACC meeting for July 2021.

*1.  Rescheduled ACC meeting next Tuesday 2021-06-29 1500 hrs EDT.*
We have a rescheduled ACC meeting next Tuesday as part of our ongoing
preparation towards the joint ACC-Semantic Harmonization Cluster session at
the ESIP summer meeting.  Our joint session, titled "Identifying technology
capabilities that meet wildfire science and practitioner requirements
will attempt to map technologies (including semantic technology, graph
technology, AI/ML, image analysis) to wildfire practitioner needs.  The
meeting next Tuesday is part of an ongoing conversation with NOAA's
Katherine Rowden, who had previously presented at ACC meetings.  This time,
we'll be focused on ascertaining if there exists data that needs to be
shared between different parties that relate to (1) flooding and debris
flow after wildfires, (2) "values-at-risk" (e.g. livestock, civil
infrastructure, clean water) that may be impacted by flooding and
debris-flow, (3) fire containment areas identified by fire management
teams.  Next Tuesday's discussion will be used as input to the ESIP summer
meeting session.

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*2.  L. Barbieri's dissertation defense seminar next Tuesday 2021-06-29
0900 hrs EDT.*
Some of you know Lindsay Barbieri ("Bar", at the University of Vermont), a
past ESIP fellow who worked with the ACC and led a number of other
activities within ESIP, culminating in a 2018 ESIP Catalyst Award.  Bar is
defending her PhD dissertation this coming Tuesday 2021-06-29 @ 0900 hrs
EDT.  Her defense seminar talk is titled "Shaping Soil:  Examining
Relationships Between Agriculture and Climate Change".  An abstract of her
talk and Zoom connection details can be found at the end of this email.

*3.  Public comment regarding USDA's climate strategy **(and data needs).*
In March 2021, the USDA issued a request for comments (RFC) in relation to
its climate strategy pursuant to President Biden's Executive Order on
"Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad".  On 2021-04-27, the ACC
was given an opportunity to comment on a draft RFC response
 The ACC response, submitted on 2021-04-29, is explicitly attributed to the
ACC and has been reviewed and released to the public by the USDA

*4.  Rescheduled ACC meeting for July 2021.  *
Given the July 4 long weekend, the ACC monthly meeting originally scheduled
for that week has been postponed to the following Tuesday 2021-07-13 1500
hrs EDT.  We shall be attempting a final synthesis of our draft wildfire
practitioner requirements, and perhaps corresponding draft technical
requirements, before refining those requirements at the ESIP summer meeting
the following week.

- Bill Teng & Brian Wee (ACC Co-Chairs)




PhD Dissertation Defense

*Shaping Soil*

*Examining Relationships Between Agriculture and Climate Change*


Lindsay Barbieri

June 29th, 2021

Seminar: 9:00am EST

Defense: 10:00am EST

Remote via Zoom:


E. Carol Adair, Ph.D., RSENR, Advisor

James Bagrow, Ph.D., CEMS Chair

Eva L. Wollenberg, Ph.D., RSENR

Gillian Galford, Ph.D., RSENR

Donna Rizzo, Ph.D., CEMS


Soils are integral grounds for examining relationships between agriculture
and climate change, with agricultural practices shaping soils on over a
third of the earth’s land surface. While not all humans practice
agriculture in similar or damaging ways, nevertheless, dominant
agricultural practices are displacing beings and ecosystems and perturbing
global nutrient cycles across the planet. These entwined imbalances of
dominance and nutrients result in flows of excess nitrogen, phosphorus, and
carbon that are responsible for nearly three-fourths of the eutrophication
of global waters and 12% of the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate
change. Yet, some agricultural practices can help mitigate these negative
impacts while supporting food cultivation. This dissertation endeavors to
contribute important understandings of these practices and their effects on
soil and nutrient flows in three ways. First, an assessment of scientific
evidence for climate change adaptation and mitigation reveals a potentially
worrying lack of robust evidence for synergies between the two objectives,
along with a narrow focus on productivist outcomes. Second, a three-year
field study measuring nutrient flows from dominant agricultural systems in
the Northeastern United States reveals the complication that some soil
practices implemented for reducing nutrient runoff emit more greenhouse
gases. Third, the use of emerging technologies reveals new ways to both
monitor difficult-to-measure greenhouse gases and to consider the roles of
technology in mediating nutrient flows. Agricultural practices shape logics
that in turn shape technologies and practices, and thus these examinations
together deepen understandings of agricultural relationships that are of
particular importance for climate change mitigation.
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