Genomic Observatories Network
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Building a global network of premier research sites working to generate genomic observations that are well contextualized and compliant with global data standards. Coordinating a set of long-term, place-based, DNA-centric programs that quantify biotic interactions in an ecosystem and develop models of biodiversity to predict the quality and distribution of ecosystem services.
The goal of the Genomic Observatories Network is to preserve Earth’s life support systems and promote sustainable development through a better understanding of the human-environment interaction. Our approach is to apply cutting-edge genomic technologies to observe the flux of genetic variation — the Earth’s “biocode” — across human and natural ecosystems. We link these genetic data to other biophysical and socioeconomic data and integrate the resulting information in predictive models. These models aim to map the quality and distribution of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides under various scenarios of human activity.