Geoff Abers

Associate Director

Seismology, Geology And Tectonophysics

Adjunct Professor

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

www.ldeo.columbia.edu/user/abers

Education and Employment

 

Interactions IRIS

 

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

 

Statement

My career has been completely built on the revolution in data access, instrumentation, and quality that IRIS engendered.  Open access has made data easy and has facilitated a level of quality control that we now take for granted, as has the free, well-maintained, and spectacular arrays of portable broadband seismographs. A stint as Chair of MARGINS also taught me how to look beyond seismology for the biggest and most compelling scientific opportunities.  Looking forward, there are challenges to IRIS in adapting to increasingly powerful computational and data exchange resources, in taking global leadership in science, and in starting to conceptualize the next big thing.  At the same time, it is critical that we maintain the core support and facilities that made IRIS, as well as the community consortium approach that has given it leadership.  It would be a privilege to serve IRIS.