February 6 & 7, 2024 | Santa Barbara, CA

Hosted by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Environmental Data Science (EDS) is a growing field of interdisciplinary approaches to investigating and answering environmental questions with modern data science tools. The field is broad, diverse, and expanding. This Summit aims to bring together all types of environmental data scientists to lay the foundation for a more cohesive and collaborative transdisciplinary community.

The goals of the Summit are to build community and foster collaboration within the Environmental Data Science community. This year’s theme is Communicating and Translating Environmental Data.


Applications are closed.

Participation is limited to 100 attendees, with an application required. We are able to provide funding for up to 60 participants. Funding will cover travel to Santa Barbara, lodging, and the Summit registration fee. In order to attend you must first apply. Applications will be used both to select participation and award funding.

Participant attendance is not limited by sector, discipline, background, or career stage. If you use data to ask questions about our environment and how we interact with it, this Summit is for you!


Below is a sample agenda. A more detailed agenda will be available closer to the event.

February 6


Registration & Breakfast

Check in at the lobby of the Cabrillo Pavilion and enjoy a light continental breakfast to start the day.

9:00 Keynote Speakers and Facilitated Activities


Provided on site - multiple options for dietary restrictions

1:00 Ideation Session
5:00 Sunset cocktail hour

Dinner on site

Multiple options available for dietary restrictions

February 7

8:30 Breakfast - Enjoy a light continental breakfast to start the day
9:00 Welcome to Day 2
10:00 Breakout group work


Provided on site - multiple options for dietary restrictions

1:00 Continued breakout group work
3:30 Group Presentations
5:00 Closing

Location & Lodging

The Summit will take place at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion, situated adjacent to the beach.

The Mar Monte Hyatt Hotel is directly across the street from the Pavilion and will be the most convenient hotel for attendees. There are additional hotels within walking distance from the Pavilion.

Event Parking

If you are not staying at the Mar Monte Hotel, there is ample parking in city parking lots next to the Cabrillo Pavilion. Parking at these waterfront lots costs $3.50/hour or $18 for the day. There is free parking within a short walking distance along Cabrillo boulevard, near the East Beach volleyball courts and near Dwight Murphy Field

Steering Committee

Ben Halpern | Elizabeth Wolkovich | Noam Ross | Amanda Whitmire | Susan Shingledecker | Dawn Wright | Dorris Scott | Leah Wasser

A Research Coordination Network, hosted by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and funded by the National Science Foundation.

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