Intelligent Systems
ECI4S
Encompass Cyber Infrastructure for Sustainability

Sustainability in Chile

Sound science and adequate models of systems are necessary for environmental and earth resource decisions, yet frequently it is insufficient. In the case of complex resource management problems the challenge is to extract meaningful information from data, seek patterns, identify unknown insights, and make sense of the information and new knowledge. Simultaneously, scientific knowledge alone is insufficient to change practice, creating opportunities for end users to interact with data together with group decision support processes are key challenges to transforming science-based information into actionable knowledge.

The ENCOMPASS project began as a multi-year case study in the Atacama Desert of Chile to design and implement a knowledge transfer model for energy-water-mining conflicts in the region. ENCOMPASS is a scientific platform for sharing data, algorithms, and educational modules that was funded as part of the Fulbright Nexus program for energy, innovation, and engagement. The project seeks to improve levels of understanding and open possibilities for collaborative problem solving by engaging industry, academics, and indigenous communities in a long-term participatory modeling process.

A pilot version of the ENCOMPASS tool uses open source systems to deliver data and models for use in group decision support for sustainability science problems. Since 2009 the initiative has brought people into collaborative discussions, building technical knowledge and bridging across sectors that are often at odds over management of earth resources. While active deliberation is currently underway, the project began in the shadow of marked conflict and tensions among participants. Methodologically, tensions have been reduced by combining social process with information delivery that leverages interactive touch screen applications.

An award in 2011 from the U.S. Department of State’s newly established Fulbright Nexus program was pivotal in implementing the core cyberinfrastructure and stakeholder engagement processes that underpin all project activities. Research results from the ENCOMPASS project indicate that the gesture-enabled touch screens are useful for establishing an accessible environment for deliberation because subject matter experts and laypeople can interact with information with equal ease. Social process has been critical for bridging scales, managing group expectations and relationships, and addressing differences in epistemological and cultural perspectives.

To date, the project has increased technical capacity among stakeholders, resulted in the creation of two for-profit companies (re:3D, a global 3D printing business and Terraplay, an Educational Technology company), an Indigenous community operated non-profit entity (Allyus sin Fronteras), enabled cross-sector collaboration between mining and indigenous stakeholders, and produced an interactive application for group decision support. Currently, participants are co-designing a renewable energy plant with the goal of establishing operation by the indigenous community as a sustainable business called ECOGES. The proposed plant serves as a focal topic for participatory modeling and a sustained dialogue process for the multi-sector stakeholder group and it is another direct result of the ENCOMPASS project.

Fulbright NEXUS Program Videos
Allyus Sin Fronteras

Allyus Sin Fronteras is a non-profit entity created as part of the ENCOMPASS CI project to bring indigenous community members from the Atacama region together for socio-entrepreneurial ventures that benefit original communities in sustainable ways.

re:3D, Inc.

re:3D is one of Austin’s newest start-ups, committed to trailblazing new frontiers in 3D printing. Our flagship technology, large format 3D printers, maximizes output volumes with respect to size, speed, and quantity of objects printed during a single production run. re:3D is also at the forefront of material science, developing novel printer feedstock including cost-efficient recyclables and enriched composites. With a global online marketplace and a localized presence in Latin America, re:3D is reaching untapped emerging markets worldwide. Our diverse team looks forward to an active presence in the international entrepreneurial community and sharing our experience in StartUp Chile, one of the world’s largest global accelerators.

Learn more at: www.re3d.org

Publications

Pierce, S.A., and Figueroa, E.B., Assessing Resilience and Developing Adaptive Capacity with Cyberinfrastructure mediated deliberation, (in prep).

Pierce, SA, Figueroa B, E, 2014, Essential elements for participatory modelling: Using deliberative engagement and gesture-enabled interfaces to implement energy-mineral-water solutions in the Atacama Desert, Chile, Ames, D.P., Quinn, N.W.T., Rizzoli, A.E. (Eds.), 2014. Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, June 15-19, San Diego, California, USA. ISBN: 978-88-9035-744-2.

Pierce, S.A.,**Malin, R.A., Figueroa, E.B., 2012, Sustained dialogue for geothermal energy resources in Chile, Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education (JCWRE), Issue 149, p. 76-86. *IAH abstract presentation invited for full publication in special issue on international water security

Pierce, S.A., Jakeman, A., El Sawah, S., Figueroa, E., Simmons, C. and Jenevein, R., 2012, Linking Scientific Models to People: Decision Support Engine for Participatory Modelling Experiments and Engagement, Eds. Gil, Y., A Long Tail Workflow Paradigm Highlight in EarthCube Workflows Roadmap, National Science Foundation, September 2012, accessed here.

Markovich, K.H. and Pierce, S.A., 2012, Integrated Remote and in situ Assessment of a Playa Lake Groundwater System in Northern Chile, in in Hydrogeology of Arid Environments, eds Rausch R, Schuth, C., Himmelsbach, T., Germany, Borntraeger Science Publishers, ISBN 978-3-443-01070-6, p. 92.

Malin, R., *Franks, M., Pierce, S.A., 2011, Using Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) imagery to gauge thermal flux: Preliminary method development and evaluation applied to the El Tatio geothermal field, in Let’s Talk Ore Deposits, Proceedings of the 11th Bienniel Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits Meeting, eds. Barra F., Reich, M., Campos, E., Tornos, F., Antofagasta, Chile, 984 p.

Fulbright NEXUS Program Videos
Allyus Sin Fronteras

Allyus Sin Fronteras is a non-profit entity created as part of the ENCOMPASS CI project to bring indigenous community members from the Atacama region together for socio-entrepreneurial ventures that benefit original communities in sustainable ways.

re:3D, Inc.

re:3D is one of Austin’s newest start-ups, committed to trailblazing new frontiers in 3D printing. Our flagship technology, large format 3D printers, maximizes output volumes with respect to size, speed, and quantity of objects printed during a single production run. re:3D is also at the forefront of material science, developing novel printer feedstock including cost-efficient recyclables and enriched composites. With a global online marketplace and a localized presence in Latin America, re:3D is reaching untapped emerging markets worldwide. Our diverse team looks forward to an active presence in the international entrepreneurial community and sharing our experience in StartUp Chile, one of the world’s largest global accelerators.

Learn more at: www.re3d.org

Publications

Pierce, S.A., and Figueroa, E.B., Assessing Resilience and Developing Adaptive Capacity with Cyberinfrastructure mediated deliberation, (in prep).

Pierce, SA, Figueroa B, E, 2014, Essential elements for participatory modelling: Using deliberative engagement and gesture-enabled interfaces to implement energy-mineral-water solutions in the Atacama Desert, Chile, Ames, D.P., Quinn, N.W.T., Rizzoli, A.E. (Eds.), 2014. Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, June 15-19, San Diego, California, USA. ISBN: 978-88-9035-744-2.

Pierce, S.A.,**Malin, R.A., Figueroa, E.B., 2012, Sustained dialogue for geothermal energy resources in Chile, Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education (JCWRE), Issue 149, p. 76-86. *IAH abstract presentation invited for full publication in special issue on international water security

Pierce, S.A., Jakeman, A., El Sawah, S., Figueroa, E., Simmons, C. and Jenevein, R., 2012, Linking Scientific Models to People: Decision Support Engine for Participatory Modelling Experiments and Engagement, Eds. Gil, Y., A Long Tail Workflow Paradigm Highlight in EarthCube Workflows Roadmap, National Science Foundation, September 2012, accessed here.

Markovich, K.H. and Pierce, S.A., 2012, Integrated Remote and in situ Assessment of a Playa Lake Groundwater System in Northern Chile, in in Hydrogeology of Arid Environments, eds Rausch R, Schuth, C., Himmelsbach, T., Germany, Borntraeger Science Publishers, ISBN 978-3-443-01070-6, p. 92.

Malin, R., *Franks, M., Pierce, S.A., 2011, Using Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) imagery to gauge thermal flux: Preliminary method development and evaluation applied to the El Tatio geothermal field, in Let’s Talk Ore Deposits, Proceedings of the 11th Bienniel Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits Meeting, eds. Barra F., Reich, M., Campos, E., Tornos, F., Antofagasta, Chile, 984 p.