THE CANOPY DATABASE PROJECT
The project's mission is to address issues of data acquisition, management, analysis and exchange relating to canopy studies at all stages of the research process. We develop informatics tools for canopy scientists, document and publish datasets that demonstrate use of these tools, characterize and formalize fundamental structures of the forest canopy, and relate those structures to functional characterizations for retrospective, comparative, and integrative studies.
We also aim to generalize the tools we develop to the larger discipline of ecology and to articulate where current information technology is not adequate for implementing tools for these scientists. We communicate these needs to other researchers in the database and information technology communities.
The project has three foci:
Our efforts to create database tools for the canopy research community will push forward the emerging field of canopy science. Our efforts can be viewed as a model for other emerging areas of ecology where data-integration and sharing can help integrate results from different studies. We seek input from researchers in the field of canopy studies to contribute to the database, and from those outside the field who may have insights into making this process efficient and productive.
The project is funded by the National Science Foundation NSF DBI 04- 17311, CISE 01-31952, BIR 03-19309, 99-75510, 96-3O316, 93-07771, DEB05-05123(OPUS).