About



The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is dedicated to accelerating scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems. We support new interdisciplinary collaborations that pursue data-driven solutions to pressing socio-environmental problems. Interdisciplinary collaboration at this level can have a variety of unique computational challenges. SESYNC’s cyberinfrastructure (CI) program exists to provide human and computing resources to help meet the technical demands of your collaborative research project.

Research and Tools

The research computing support offered at SESYNC is driven by the requirements of the science questions our synthesis teams and fellows ask. Many synthesis teams and fellows have faced the challenges involved in bringing together disparate data, methods, theories and tools. SESYNC is committed to helping our supported projects publicly disseminate data and distribute code they develop in an open-source framework. We work with synthesis teams to locate appropriate repositories and long-term storage for these resources.

Training

SESYNC is dedicated to fostering socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis skills and abilities by providing short courses and materials on a wide variety of computing tools and techniques. Participants in training activities develop a better understanding of the mechanics, context, and applications for various tools, enabling both their current projects and future research. All CI training activities are available to synthesis teams and fellows. Select opportunities are open to external researchers.

Services

CI staff are available to assist supported fellows and synthesis teams in conducting research using our cloud-based, virtualized infrastructure. We offer a variety of services, from video conferencing to code parallelization on our cluster. Because working at this scale on the type of architecture we employ is new to many S-E researchers, we are available to assist at every stage.