Seminar: From Small Models to Big Data. Dr Jim Ascough

We regret to inform you that this seminar has been cancelled.

Dr Jim Ascough, from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be presenting a seminar on USDA’s research on modelling, optimisation, data acquisition and cloud computing in the agricultural sector.

Dr Jim Ascough

Dr Jim Ascough

From Small Models to Big Data: A Long-Term Perspective on the Past,
Present, and Future of USDA-Agricultural Research Service Model Development

The USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has a well-recognized history of developing simulation models, decision support systems (DSS), and other tools such as web-based information systems. This presentation provides an overview of key ARS model/DSS technology developments, highlights notable successes (and failures), and offers insights into current and future ARS initiatives on Big Data and cloud/high performance computing.

Dr. Ascough received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (Civil Eng., 1992) degrees from Purdue University. He completed a two-year postdoctoral study at the ARS National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory where he developed the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) watershed model. He joined the ARS in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1994 as a Research Hydrologic Engineer; much of his work since then has focused on environmental modeling at varying spatial/temporal scales and development of natural resource management decision support systems (DSS). His research has been documented in 200+ publications including 80+ refereed journal publications and 17 book chapters or edited books, and is currently focused on modeling targeted conservation effects at field to watershed scales.

There will be an opportunity to meet with Jim directly after the lecture. Please contact Holger Maier for further information.

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