Collaborative Modeling Workspace - RAM
The NC CSC utilizes the USGS's Resource for Advanced Modeling (RAM) workspace as a venue for collaboration between university scientists, USGS and other researchers, and land manager and stakeholders. The RAM provides a collaborative working environment for up to 20 people, supported with networked, wireless computing capability for running and testing various scientific models at a variety of spatial scales, from county to global levels. Models use various predictor layers that can include current and future climate layers (near- and long-term projections), remote-sensing derivatives (such as MODIS phenology metrics), land cover, topography, and anthropogenic features.
The RAM is home to a visualization wall composed of 24 wall-mounted monitors in a 6x4 array that can be configured to show a single map spread across all 24 monitors, 24 individual monitor outputs, or a combination of intermediate-sized outputs. Investigative teams and working groups can employ the “VisWall” for presentations, demonstrations, and robust data exploration.The NC CSC utilizes this space in part for its Software for Assisted Habitat Modeling and ST-SIM software , which provides the main ecological response modeling tool in the RAM.