[unav_all] 2009 Fall AGU session U19: Scientific Progress in Geophysics from 25 Years of Sharing Data and Resources

David James james at dtm.ciw.edu
Tue Jul 28 10:06:16 MDT 2009

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to contribute to the 2009 Fall AGU session U19: Scientific
Progress in Geophysics from 25 Years of Sharing Data and Resources.

Session U19 focuses on the pivotal role that organized sharing of
resources and data has played and continues to play in advancing
geophysical research.  The session has broad goals: a celebration of the
success of IRIS's 25 years of shared instrumentation and open data
exchange, an appraisal of how similar community efforts can facilitate
exciting new opportunities for research across all disciplines of
geophysics, and a clarion call to highlight the scientific successes  
have blossomed from this approach.


U19: Scientific Progress in Geophysics from 25 Years of Sharing Data and

Twenty-five years ago the U.S. seismological community committed  
itself to
the notion that sharing seismological data and instrumentation would
dramatically advance research and education in seismology.  The  
undertaking that grew from that commitment proved remarkably successful,
not in the least because vast improvements in instrumentation went
hand-in-hand with the establishment of a global network, the acquisition
of a large communal pool of portable instrumentation, and agreements on
data archiving and free data exchange that were revolutionary at the  
The explosion of resources and open data that flowed from the IRIS
consortium transformed the science of seismology, revolutionized our
holistic understanding of the structure and dynamics of our planet, and
ushered in an exciting new era of cross-disciplinary research. A strong
interconnection has developed between advances in seismological research
and complementary progress in marine geophysics, mineral physics,
geodynamics, tectonophysics, geodesy, geochemistry, petrology, and
planetary science.  Rapidly evolving integrative research has impacted
areas as varied as tsunami monitoring, episodic tremor and slip, deep
earth structure, and climate-change induced ice sheet seismicity, and it
is a principal cornerstone of EarthScope.  The successful IRIS model has
since been widely emulated by others, including the COMPRES, CIG, and  
consortia, and it challenges other research communities to embrace the
principles of shared resources and open data exchange.  We welcome
contributions from all geophysical and related disciplines that address
the critical role played by organized sharing of data and resources in
advancing geophysical research and influencing future directions.


Please note that the deadline for electronic abstract submission is
September 3rd, 2009. For additional information see
http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm09 or contact one of the conveners.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.


David James.  james at dtm.ciw.edu
Guust Nolet.  nolet at geoazur.unice.fr
Rhett Butler.  rhett at iris.edu
Robert Liebermann.  robert.liebermann at sunysb.edu

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