Rosa Filgueira

By Rosa Filgueira, Research Assistant, School of Informatics, Data Intensive Research Group, University of Edinburgh.

I attended for the first time the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in December 2015 in San Francisco. The main purpose of AGU is to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.  In AGU, you can find a wide range of scientific communities (e.g. Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography, Computer Science, etc.) presenting their latest work in their fields.  And normally, the number of attendees is huge!  This year, there were 25,000 attendees, which means a lot of people to interact with, and a lot of work and presentations to learn about. My view is necessarily a small fragment of the total.

My background is in Computer Science, more specifically in High Performance Computing. However, during the last four years, I have been working in three data-intensive challenging projects, called EFFORT, VERCE and ENVRIplus, which all have Earth science research goals. These projects have given me the opportunity to address multi-disciplinary challenges with Rock Physics and Geosciences communities by enabling them access to HPC resources via advanced services and tools such as workflows and scientific gateways.  Therefore, attending AGU gave me the opportunity to present our latest work, “dispe4py…

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