Contributions Invited for Special Union Session During 2009 AGU Fall Meeting

We invite you to contribute to the 2009 AGU Fall Meeting 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 that have blossomed from this approach.

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 collective 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 time.

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 GEON 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.

The abstract submission deadline is September 3, 2009. To submit an abstract or for more information about AGU abstract submission policies, go to:

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