Global environmental change creates a myriad of challenges in environmental management that necessitates the use of diverse and large datasets in both research and applied settings. Complex systems require that we understand the interactions and feedbacks between subsystems that allow for self-organizing properties to arise. We advance our understanding of complex systems by devoting attention to how these subsystems interface, and associated emergent processes. In environmental systems, identifying the questions that allow for insight into these interfaces becomes more meaningful when working closely with the individuals and organizations that manage and regulate our environmental resources. Continuous engagement with stakeholders ensures that developing questions, research methods, and mechanisms for disseminating knowledge are both organic and holistic — the core of co-production.
Open & Reproducible Research
Reproducible research is essential to scientific rigor and fostering trust in our work, both in academic and non-academic settings. While reproducibility confirms that workflows can be replicated, open data ensures that others may use the same information and test alternative methods, or explore additional questions that may add value beyond the initial intent. Open and reproducible research is a key value that REDI embodies that is reflected in our commitment to transparency in data processing workflows, accessibility of all of our data, and through the training opportunities we provide. These values are critical to the endeavor of creating adaptive and lasting environmental outcomes.
Our Vision for the Future
Our vision is a thriving community, engaged in investigating and solving environmental challenges from local to global scales. REDI serves the members of this community by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and tools needed for innovative and creative environmental scholarship. The foundation is a network of relationships with managers, regulators, consultants and other researchers identifying problems using modern and open practices in data and computing and effectively solving and communicating new knowledge.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Complex systems are incredibly diverse, making them resilient in the face of change. In the same way, answering complex questions about societal and environmental grand challenges must be examined by a diverse community of scholars, practitioners, and students. Listening and incorporating diverse perspectives from inception is critical to developing solutions that are understood by and equitable to all individuals impacted. Respect, discourse, and flexibility will increase our ability to adapt in the face of change.