Implementation of Cost Recovery for PASSCAL Instrumentation

Tuesday, June 14, 10:45a-12:15p ET

Organizer: Kent Anderson (IRIS)

Description: The NSF has requested that the PASSCAL program implement a per-experiment cost recovery system to collect revenues for the use of SAGE portable instrumentation. Funds collected will support the sustainment and recapitalization of the portable instrument pool. This SIG will describe the rollout timeline, cost recovery tiers for various users, and cost estimation techniques to assist in proposal development.

SIG Goals: Inform the portable instrumentation PI community on how new costs for PASSCAL instrumentation will be assessed so as to help better plan and develop proposal costs.


Designing the Future of the GSN

Tuesday, June 14, 10:45a-12:15p ET

Organizers: Colleen Dalton (Brown University), Ved Lekic (University of Maryland)

Description: The Global Seismographic Network (GSN) has provided low-noise, high-fidelity, very-broadband seismic recordings for nearly four decades, enabling progress in structural and source seismology. As we contemplate ways of innovating, evolving, and sustaining the GSN, it is crucial to consider how the end-user community sees its scientific targets and methodologies changing in the coming decades. The goal of this SIG is to discuss ideas for the future capabilities, geographic distribution, and goals of the GSN, taking note of emerging technologies, changing geopolitical conditions, and scientific priorities. We plan to organize the discussion around a handful of strawman scenarios for the GSN in 2032, and have a conversation about the role of the GSN in the merged EarthScope consortium.

SIG Goals: To discuss ideas for the future capabilities, geographic distribution, and goals of the GSN, taking note of emerging technologies, changing geopolitical conditions, and scientific priorities.


Recharging the Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Center (OBSIC): current progress and new opportunities

Tuesday, June 14, 10:45a-12:15p ET

Organizers: James Gaherty (Northern Arizona University), John Collins (OBSIC/WHOI), Andrew Barclay (OBSIC/WHOI), Nathan Miller (USGS/WHOI)

Description: The Ocean Bottom Seismic Instrument Center (OBSIC) has been operated at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution since 2018. During this session we will hear updates from OBSIC on recent and ongoing experiments, current instrumentation, and newly available data products. This will also be an opportunity to collect feedback from the community on the new facility model, future instrumentation and data, and other topics of interest to this broad audience. We encourage the participation of individuals who have limited experience with marine seismic instrumentation and data but are interested in its capabilities.

The OBSIC program seeks community input and discussion of several emerging new opportunities within OBSIC, including: (a) the recently funded build of new broadband instruments; (b) opportunities for use of new rapid-response instruments acquired in collaboration with the USGS; (c) planning for development of a new active-source fleet; (d) potential improvements and expansion of amphibious-experiment capabilities; (e) future opportunities for new low-cost narrow-band passive-source instrumentation; and (f) other topics of community interest.

SIG Goals:
1) Provide community updates on OBSIC activities, including newly available data products, a new rapid-response capability, and a funded expansion of the broadband OBS fleet
2) Identify community needs for future investment in seafloor seismic instrumentation, specifically increasing capacity for short-period instrumentation and amphibious, shore-crossing science
3) Seek community input into plans to seek funding for new instrument development.

Teaching geophysics in-person and online: Sharing existing resources and soliciting instructional support needs

Tuesday, June 14, 10:45a-12:15p ET

Organizers: Mike Brudzinski (Miami University of Ohio), Eileen Evans (California State University, Northridge), IRIS and UNAVCO education staff

Description: A number of valuable geophysics-focused educational resources have been created in recent years, which both students and faculty members can access for learning at the undergraduate and graduate level. These resources are available at the individual activity/lab, unit, module (multiple units), technical short course, and complete course level. Many have been created or modified to be effective in the online environment of the past 2 years. In this SIG, you will learn about existing geodesy and seismology teaching resources and give critical input on remaining areas of need, regarding both content and modes of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level (e.g. mostly in person, hybrid, online, flipped classroom). We will also discuss what types and modes of instructor professional development will help the community continue to better integrate geophysics learning into their courses.

SIG Goals:
1. Overview existing undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning resources.
2. Identify areas of remaining areas of need for geophysics (particularly geodesy and seismology) teaching and learning resources.
3. Categorize these needs as most appropriate for undergraduate and/or graduate level
4. Gather information about the ways in which faculty teach online and what would be most helpful in terms of supplementing their course curriculum and providing professional development.


WInSAR Townhall

Tuesday, June 14, 10:45a-1:45p ET

This townhall coincides with the Tuesday morning SIG sessions and will continue through the lunch hour as well.  Because a separate lunch will be offered for participants of the WInSAR townhall gathering, we kindly request that you register in advance if you plan to attend by sending a message to workshop@iris.edu

You can find a full description of the WInSAR townhall at this link.


Subduction Zones in Four Dimensions: Progress in Developing the SZ4D Initiative

Wednesday, June 15, 10:45a-12:15p ET

Organizers: Andy Frassetto (IRIS), Mike Brudzinski (Miami U), Emily Brodsky (UCSC), Harold Tobin (UW), Diana Roman (Carnegie), George Hilley (Stanford), Mark Behn (Boston College)

Description: The SZ4D Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) are in the midst of a multi-year effort to shape plans for an interdisciplinary, multi-agency, and international decadal-scale research effort to study the fundamental processes underlying geohazards in subduction zones. The objective is to convene a broad spectrum of the research community to reach consensus on key elements of such a program, including prioritized science plans, field and laboratory infrastructure, modeling and computational capability, and building equity and capacity efforts. The “umbrella” SZ4D RCN encompasses about 75 researchers from a wide variety of disciplines working together to formulate the key scientific drivers, envision new transformative data collection facilities, and develop a program to grow the SZ4D community through coordinated efforts that have broader collective impact. In a closely allied effort, the Modeling Collaboratory for Subduction (MCS) RCN is fostering an organized modeling community that can more deeply investigate SZ4D science questions and developing the elements of the infrastructure and science program that rely on simulation. The collective SZ4D team is pursuing multiple funding and development paths toward realization of the goals. The RCN efforts has published a draft Implementation Plan and is seeking to revise it based on community input with a final submission target of Fall 2022. The goal of this SIG will be to inform the SAGE/GAGE community of recent developments in the SZ4D RCN activities and solicit input into the planning process. SZ4D is also seeking SAGE/GAGE community members to help populate a committee governance structure that will be critical in guiding the development of the SZ4D Science Center.

SIG Goals: The goal of this SIG will be to inform the SAGE/GAGE community of recent developments in the SZ4D RCN activities and solicit input into the planning process. SZ4D is also seeking SAGE/GAGE community members to help populate a committee governance structure that will be critical in guiding the development of the SZ4D Science Center.


Common Cloud Platform: Progress Towards Cloud-based Data Services

Wednesday, June 15, 10:45a-12:15p ET

Organizers: Henry Berglund (UNAVCO), Chad Trabant (IRIS), David Mencin (UNAVCO), Jerry Carter (IRIS)

Description: The Common Cloud Platform (CCP) is an initiative jointly developed by the data services directorates of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Seismological Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (SAGE) facilities and Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE). The purpose of the Common Cloud Platform is to provide a unified system for the current and future needs of the GAGE and SAGE facilities. This includes the ingestion, derivative product generation, archiving, curation, and distribution of a wide variety of geophysical and related data types, with an emphasis on geodetic and seismological types. This new platform represents a major technological change for facility operation and a significant opportunity for the research community to explore new data processing possibilities. This SIG is meant to provide an update on current status and thoughts of a cloud based future, and its associated challenges along with a forum for community input.

SIG Goals: We aim to communicate the current status of our cloud platform developments, anticipated implications for researchers, and to collect feedback.


Concepts for an NSF Instrument Facility (IF): Collaboration and Improvement of UAS Services for the NSF community

Wednesday, June 15, 10:45a-12:15p ET

Organizers: Christopher Crosby (UNAVCO), Scott W Tyler (U Nevada Reno)

Description: Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) represent an evolving and important set of tools for earth science and engineering. While low-cost UAS can be acquired and operated by individual PIs for simple surveying or photography, very high-resolution observations using advanced sensors are often out of the reach for most researchers.

Over the past 5 years, NSF supported instrument centers have developed specialized UAS and UAS sensor capacity; however, this has largely been done independently and at very modest levels of support. Nevertheless, there has been growing success in supporting NSF and other federal researchers’ needs in the areas of topographic mapping, geothermal imaging, wildlife inventories, post-disaster monitoring and critical zone observations.

Recent conversations between five major NSF Instrumentation Facilities (IF) with UAS aircraft, sensor, and data capability (NHERI RAPID, UNAVCO-GAGE, NCALM, OpenTopography and CTEMPs) have focused on what UAS services are available across these NSF-supported centers, and how UAS resources and data access for the earth science and engineering communities could be improved. This SIG will review the current state of facility support for UAS in support of earth science and engineering, and will offer the community a chance to discuss future needs, opportunities, and challenges.

SIG Goals: We hope to present ideas and suggestions from a recent white paper on UAS related collaborations and improvements in community support. We will seek community input on that document. In addition, we hope to gain input on new objectives and opportunities for supporting the community with UAS services.


Mentorship Pathways in International Collaborations

Wednesday, June 15, 10:45a-12:15p ET

Organizers: Maureen Long (Yale University), Cindy Ebinger (Tulane University), on behalf of the International Development Seismology Committee

Description: Collaboration among international partners can offer rich opportunities to further critical research, share resources, and cultivate a community that lifts the field up. This SIG will build on the successful international panels from GAGE/SAGE 2021, which brought together geophysics researchers from around the world to share their experiences and opportunities for collaboration. This session will explore mentorship as a mechanism to foster new and existing opportunities for meaningful and productive international engagement. Mentorship applies to scientists at all career levels, and includes mid-career scientists and those seeking to publish in high impact journals.

SIG Goals:
- Bring together a cross-section of international AND U.S.-based participants interested in cultivating mentorship opportunities throughout and among the global geodesy, seismology, and geophysics communities.
- Provide a forum for internationally based researchers to share their thoughts on local and international mentorship opportunities.
- Provide an opportunity for open discussion about ideas and ways forward to support and encourage mentorship opportunities (of students as well as early and mid-career professionals) as a global community.
- Overview resources available for international mentorship, particularly those for scientists and students from countries with limited science infrastructure.
- Seek feedback from international participants regarding webinars and virtual conference attendance as opportunities for mentoring and cohort-building.

Intended audiences:
- People in resource-limited countries to learn about opportunities and resources related to international collaboration and mentoring.
- People from resource-rich countries to learn about opportunities and resources related to international collaboration and mentoring.


Visioning a DAS facility to advance SAGE-GAGE Science

Wednesday, June 15, 10:45a-12:15p ET

Organizer: Herb Wang (University of Wisconsin)

Description: Rapid growth of DAS applications in geoscience makes it likely that SAGE-GAGE researchers will increasingly employ DAS in projects. DAS technology, optical fiber availability, data management, and data analysis are also changing at a high rate. How might a DAS facility within SAGE-GAGE be designed to promote science initiatives?

SIG Goals: The participants as future users of a DAS facility within IRIS-UNAVCO will provide user community input in the form of a short report.