Long Range Science Plan for Seismology (LRSPS)

September 18th – 19th, 2008
Denver, CO

The National Science Foundation has directed the IRIS consortium to assist the seismological research community in preparing a Long Range Science Plan for Seismology (LRSPS) by the end of this year.

The fundamental LRSPS process will be to explore and document the most exciting directions for seismology on a decadal time frame with the community.  The principal product will be a concise and exciting report (with on-line supporting materials) to appeal to a broad range of NSF, Congressional, and wider interests and funding sources.  With large-scale leadership changes inevitable in Washington DC this year, we expect this report to be especially valuable for making the case for seismological research at a pivotal time.

The IRIS Board has selected Rick Aster, Don Forsyth, and Barbara Romanowicz to co-chair this effort, and Thorne Lay to serve as the Science Plan editor. As part of this process, we are organizing a 2-day NSF-funded workshop to gather community input to steer the LRSPS process. The results of the workshop will be used by an LRSPS writing group to articulate a series of key scientific questions and recommendations for future research directions that will be widely distributed through printed documents and web-publication that will be suitable for use by broad and diverse constituencies ranging from the research community to government agencies.

The workshop will be limited to 120 participants. The deadline for full consideration is August 4, and successful applicants will be notified by August 11.  Accepted applicants will be provided with full on-site support for lodging and meals but will be expected to cover their own transportation costs.

View the LRSPS website: http://www.iris.edu/hq/lrsps/

View the agenda: http://www.iris.edu/hq/lrsps/agenda.htm

The LRSPS Forum is also available at:

The forum serves as a place to discuss topics at the workshop.