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NCEAS: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis  (University of California-Santa Barbara)

CEAS: Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis  (University of California-Santa Barbara)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), is a Center for Analysis and Synthesis funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NCEAS supports cross-disciplinary research that uses existing data to address major fundamental issues in ecology and allied fields, and their application to management and policy. NCEAS is a unique institution with an explicit mission to foster synthesis and analysis, turn information into understanding and, through effective collaboration, alter how science is conducted.

The mission of NCEAS is to advance the state of ecological knowledge through the search for general patterns and principles in existing data; organize and synthesize ecological information in a manner useful to researchers, resource managers, and policy makers addressing important environmental issues; and influence the way ecological research is conducted and promote a culture of synthesis, collaboration, and data sharing.
The Center facilitates integrative research aimed at synthesizing existing data and information, and subsequently making these data and inferences widely available . NCEAS also fosters new techniques in mathematical and geospatial modeling, dynamic simulation, and visualization of ecological systems.

Education & Outreach

Education and outreach are integral to NCEAS activities. NCEAS scientists and staff participate in dozens of meetings around the world to promote synthesis, analysis, and ecoinformatics, and to assist in the development of other synthesis activities and centers. NCEAS scientists meet with local, state and federal agencies, policy makers, and non-governmental organizations to provide scientific evidence about ecological issues, ecosystem-based resource management, and conservation issues. Training is offered at all levels of sophistication, from elementary school through graduate training and continuing education of professionals. Many opportunities to gain experience in providing outreach activities are available to resident scientists.

NCEAS is committed to increasing the public understanding of science, fostering interest in ecology and technology professions, particularly among underrepresented groups, and contributing to the local community. The Center offers resources and activities to scientists and the public to meet these goals.

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  • Computer generated image of human impact on the oceans
According to a study conducted by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), more than 40 percent of the world's oceans are heavily affected by human activities, and few, if any, areas remain untouched.
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