I went on a business trip recently to the Biosphere. Yeah, like the one you probably first learned about either as a side topic in elementary school or via Pauly Shore in a movie.
Despite all that, the Biosphere was pretty cool. It’s actually called Biosphere 2 because Biosphere 1 is technically … the earth we live on. Hey, I don’t make the rules, I’m just the messenger. Biosphere 2 is about 40 minutes north of Tucson in a fairly secluded area. They have housing (casitas) on site, a conference center, gift shop, cafe, and of course, the Biosphere itself. I was attending a workshop and gave a talk to the group of 60+ professionals there, many of whom were much smarter than me.
While there, we got a chance to take an official tour of the Biosphere facility where we saw the ocean, rain forest, desert, original living quarters, and etc. We also spent an entire day in the field visiting an area that burned south of Tucson
near partially through the town of Sierra Vista (the Monument Fire). I have been working on some analysis to track the regeneration of the burned vegetation using satellite imagery so we can know when a watershed has “recovered” and the risk to the life and property has lessened. I spent some time validating my work down there by comparing the recovering landscape to my map products.
Like most trips, it’s fun to see new things and meet new people, but it’s always good to be home.