I really like to see this collaboration between the researchers at UC Berkeley and Catharine van Ingen from MSR's eScience group - they are using data mining and cubes to help with the scientific research. This is really neat stuff...
Environmental science has enjoyed an explosion in data collection and storage, thanks to ever-improving sensors and computer hardware. But real-world data can be mess and sensors in the field can always be hit by birds or otherwise made to give false readings. The problems compound when data comes in different formats from multiple sources. Digital Watershed is a watershed event for the field, an unprecedented collaboration that will bring all the water data together.
Full story and photos: http://www.coe.berkeley.edu/labnotes/1106/vaningen.html