[unav_all] Future Seismic & Geodetic Facility Needs Workshop: Sign up for Workshop Webinars; Submit White Papers by April 15th

Meghan Miller meghan at unavco.org
Wed Apr 1 14:30:43 MDT 2015

Sent on behalf of the Workshop Organizing Committee:

Webinars and White Papers for the Workshop on 
Future Seismic and Geodetic Facility Needs in the Geosciences

On May 3-6, 2015, the Workshop on Future Seismic and Geodetic Facility Needs in the Geosciences will be held to gather community input for NSF on the key scientific questions and emerging areas of research the geosciences community will be pursuing in 2018 and beyond, and the seismic and geodetic facility capabilities that will be required to support this research. A report will be drafted to summarize community priorities and recommendations, led by co-editors Rick Aster and Mark Simons. To enable all community members to contribute to this process, a series of webinars will be held in advance of the workshop and submission of white papers is encouraged. Broad participation in the webinars and white papers is particularly critical because workshop attendance is limited to 120 people. Additional information about the workshop, and the meeting agenda, can be found at the following link:

We encourage all members of the community related to the SAGE and GAGE facilities to submit white papers in order to have the broadest possible contribution to the workshop and report. These 1-2 page white papers should describe important scientific questions or problems that individuals and/or groups will be working on in the next decade and the seismic and/or geodetic facilities capabilities needed to support that science. The whitepapers will be available publicly, 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 attend the workshop or not. A web form to submit whitepapers is available on the workshop website under the “Whitepaper” tab. (Please note format and word limits.) You can also view whitepaper submissions on that same tab.  
The deadline for whitepaper submissions is April 15, 2015.   

The workshop organizers are also planning on holding four webinars prior to the workshop to provide another forum for input to the workshop. Webinars will open with brief presentations, but a significant fraction of each hour will be devoted to structured discussion among participants. Participants are encouraged to review prior strategic planning reports (e.g. the Seismology and Geodesy Grand Challenge documents, the New Research Opportunities in Earth Sciences NRC Report, and the EarthScope Science Plan). Reports may be found on the workshop website (box on right).  

Webinar: Supporting Broader Educational Impacts
Wednesday, April 8th, 5-6 pm EDT/2-3 pm PDT
Leader: Dr. Cathryn Manduca, Carleton College
Participants in this webinar will synthesize the guidance from recent education reports that bears on the ability of the SAGE/GAGE facilities to strengthen broader educational impacts. We will discuss key ideas from reports such as Engage to Excel (PCAST report), the Next Generation Science Standards, STEM Learning is Everywhere, and Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation as well as reports and guiding documents from Earthscope, IRIS and UNAVCO relating to their education and outreach activities. What do we learn from recent education reports that should shape our thinking about the facilities? Are there other emerging ideas that should be guiding our thinking about the ability of the facilities to support broader impacts? Michael Wysession and Dave Mogk will provide opening overviews and perspectives followed by group discussion and synthesis.

Webinar: Evolving landscapes and global environmental change
Thursday, April 9th, 2:30-3:30 pm EDT/11:30-12:30 pm PDT
Leader: Dr. Sridhar Anandakrishnan, Pennsylvania State University
Participants in this webinar will discuss and summarize recent "grand challenge documents" such as the Earthscope Science Plan and the Seismological and Geodetic Grand Challenges document in the context of these themes and processes. Geophysical instruments - in particular the dense and growing networks of geodetic and seismological instruments - can be invaluable in measuring environmental change (water, land, ice, and air movements and change; vegetation; human impacts).

Webinar: Time-variant behavior of faults and magmatic systems and related hazards
Monday, April 13th, 1-2 pm EDT/10-11 am PDT
Leader: Dr. Zhigang Peng, Georgia Institute of Technology
This webinar will focus on defining 1) key science questions related to faulting processes and magmatic systems and their related hazards and 2) the facilities (seismological, geodetic, magnetotelluric and infrasound) that are needed to address make progress in these areas.

Webinar: Earth structure, rheology and geodynamics
Tuesday, April 14th, 3-4 pm EDT/12-1 pm PDT
Leader: Dr. Maureen Long, Yale University
This webinar will explore frontiers in understanding Earth structure, rheology and geodynamical processes and link these research questions to priorities for future seismological, geodetic and MT facilities.

You must register to attend a webinar. Registration links are available in this email and on workshop website under the “Webinar” tab. Webinars will open 15 minutes before the scheduled start time, please consult Andy Frassetto (andyf at iris.edu) if you have any additional questions.

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