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Workshop on Future Seismic and Geodetic Facility Needs in the Geosciences

1 December 2014


A 2 1/2 day workshop will be held May 4-6, 2015 to gather community input for the National Science Foundation on the most important scientific questions, research opportunities, and broader impacts that the community will be pursuing in 2018 and beyond, and the seismic and geodetic facility capabilities that will be required to support this research and associated education, outreach, training and workforce development. Two types of capabilities will be identified:

  • Foundational facilities are those seismic and geodetic capabilities without which geoscience research, as practiced today, could not continue
  • Frontier facilities are new capabilities, beyond those that might presently exist, which will be required to make rapid progress in addressing one or more science grand challenge questions

See the Official workshop webpage for additional information about the workshop and the meeting agenda, and an on-line application form to attend the workshop. Workshop attendance will be limited to 120 people, chosen by the Workshop Organizing Committee, including ~20 participants from various Federal agencies (NSF, NASA, USGS, NOAA, DOE). Applications to attend the Workshop close February 15, 2015.

White papers

Because attendance at the workshop will be limited, 1-2 page “whitepapers” are being solicited describing important scientific questions or problems that individuals will be working on in the next decade and the seismic and/or geodetic facilities capabilities needed to support that science. These whitepapers will be available to breakout groups at the workshop and incorporated into the final workshop report. Everyone is encouraged to submit whitepapers, regardless of whether you plan to apply to attend the workshop. Whitepaper submissions will close April 15, 2015.


There will be four two-hour webinars before the workshop to review existing science priorities and future facility needs. Webinar topics will include: (1) Grand Challenges in Seismology and Geodesy, (2) New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences (NROES), and EarthScope & GeoPRISMS Science Plans, (3) 2014 UNAVCO Workshop Report, and (4) 2014 IRIS Workshop Report. Registration for these webinars will be available on the workshop website.

Preliminary workshop agenda

Sunday - May 3, 2015

afternoon Registration
late afternoon Buffet dinner
evening Reports from the pre-workshop webinars

Monday - May 4, 2015

early morning Buffet breakfast
early morning Workshop Expectations and Organization – National Science Foundation, Organizing Committee
morning Plenary and Breakout Sessions I: Rheology and Geodynamics at Many Scales from Global Sensor Networks
midday Group lunch
afternoon Plenary and Breakout Sessions II: Fault and Volcano Systems: Time-Variant Earthquake Cycles and Magmatism from Dense Networks
evening Group dinner and Keynote talk

Tuesday - May 5, 2015

early morning Buffet breakfast
morning Plenary and Breakout Sessions III: Evolving Landscapes: Interactions among the Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Cryosphere and Lithosphere
midday Group lunch
afternoon Plenary and Breakout Sessions IV: Expecting the Unexpected: Discovery-mode Science from New Technologies
evening Group dinner

Wednesday - May 6, 2015

early morning Buffet breakfast
early morning Reports from breakout session leaders
late morning Workshop Summary – Organizing Committee
late morning Draft Outline and Writing Timeline – Report Committee
midday Group lunch

Planning committee

Lucy Flesch, Co-Chair, Purdue
Karen Fischer, Co-Chair, Brown
Greg Beroza, Stanford University
Roland Burgmann, University of
 California, Berkeley
Kristine Larson, University of Colorado
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
Susan Schwartz, University of
 California, Santa Cruz
Leigh Stearns, University of Kansas
Kelin Whipple, Arizona State University
Doug Wiens, Washington University

To learn more or to apply

Workshop location:
Leesburg, Virginia

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