Management Models for Future Seismological and Geodetic Facilities and Capabilities: Proceedings of a Workshop

Management Models for Future Seismological and Geodetic Facilities and Capabilities: Proceedings of a Workshop


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Modern geoscience research informs many important decisions and projects, such as geological disaster preparation, natural resource extraction, and global development. This critical research relies on technology and collaboration at state-of-the-art seismological and geodetic facilities. Currently, these facilities provide a wide variety of observation systems that support scientists' understanding of Earth and its changing environmental systems. As emerging technologies develop rapidly, seismological and geodetic facilities have new capabilities and more complex management and research communication systems. This requires a reevaluation of management structures and best practices within these facilities.

The National Academies convened a 1.5-day workshop to discuss management models of theoretical seismological and geodetic facilities of the future. Initial discussions built upon a 2015 Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology community workshop report, which identified current and future capabilities of these research facilities. Management models from other types of scientific facilities were used as a springboard for further discussions about management and decision-making models that could be applied to seismological and geodetic facilities. Workshop participants also emphasized the importance of distributing capabilities among multiple facilities. Lastly, this workshop explored complex management topics in these facilities including instrumentation, user support services, data management, education and outreach, and workforce development capabilities. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780309496193
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication date: 10/05/2019
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

Interpreting the Statement of Task 3

Sponsor Expectations 3

Workshop Organization 4

Organization of This Proceedings 4

2 Current, Emerging, and Frontier Capabilities of Seismological and Geodetic Facilities 5

Description of the 2015 Community Workshop 5

Description of Current, Emergent, and Frontier Capabilities 6

Moderated Questions and Answers 8

3 Management of Current Division of Earth Sciences-Sponsored Seismological and Geodetic Facilities 11

Management of Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) 12

UNAVCO Management of the Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE) 16

Moderated Discussion with IRIS and UNAVCO Management and Boards of Directors 19

4 Other Facility Management Models 23

Management of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) 23

Management of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) 26

Management of NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) 30

Moderated Discussion with Facility Managers 33

5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Management Models for Accommodating Seismological and Geodetic Facility Capabilities 37

Summary of Breakout Group 1 Discussion Themes 38

Summary of Breakout Group 2 Discussion Themes 38

Summary of Breakout Group 3 Discussion Themes 39

Summary of Breakout Group 4 Discussion Themes 40

6 General Comment Period 43

7 Management Models for Future Seismological and Geodetic Facilities 45

Management Structure's for Independent Seismological and Geodetic Capabilities 45

Management Structures for Centralized Seismological and Geodetic Capabilities 50

Plenary Discussion 53

8 Observations Regarding Managing Facility Capabilities and Potential Uses for this Proceedings 57

Instrumentation 57

User Support Services 57

Data Management 58

Education and Outreach 59

Potential Uses for This Workshop Proceedings 59


A Workshop Planning Committee Member Biographies 61

B Workshop Agenda 65

C Workshop Presenter and Panelist Biographies 73

D Workshop Participant List 77

E Transcript from Workshop General Comment Period 79

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