The Toolbox Project conducted two successful workshops as part of the Winter Tri-State Meeting of the Western Consortium for Watershed Analysis, Visualization and Exploration (WC-WAVE) in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 13 January 2015. Two Toolbox representatives, Sanford Eigenbrode (Idaho) and Michael O’Rourke (Michigan State), facilitated separate workshops, assisted by WC-WAVE personnel. Thirty WC-WAVE project members participated in the workshops, which ranged over issues related to modeling, uncertainty, the value of basic research, and objectivity. WC-WAVE is part of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Track 2 Research Infrastructure Improvement Program. WC-WAVE goal is to “enable integration of creative observation and analytical strategies using advanced modeling approaches and CI in a virtual watershed platform” (http://westernconsortium.org).
We conduct workshops based on what we call the "Toolbox", a set of prompts that structure dialogue among collaborators about the philosophical dimensions of their work together.