[ESIP-all] Last call for IUGG abstracts on data

Mark A. Parsons parsonsm at nsidc.org
Thu Jan 27 19:58:42 EST 2011

Sorry for the mass distribution, but this Union Session on data issues is an important milestone for IUGG, please consider finding a way to australia.  Abstracts due Tuesday!



Mark A. Parsons
Lead Program Manager
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado, 449 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0449, USA
+1-303-492-2359, +1-303-492-2468 (fax)
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======Call for Contributions=======

2011 IUGG General Assembly, Melbourne, Australia

Union Session 05: Data science/informatics and data assimilation in geophysical models (climate, oceanography, hydrology, solid Earth). http://www.iugg2011.com/program-union.asp

Abstract deadline: Tueday 1 February 2011, http://www.iugg2011.com/program-abstracts.asp

Scope: Science has fully entered a new mode of operation. Data science (including e-science) defined as a combination of science, informatics, computer science, cyberinfrastructure and information technology is changing the way all of these disciplines do both their individual and collaborative work. IUGG scientists are facing global problems of a magnitude, complexity and interdisciplinary nature that progress is limited by available knowledge and skills that are required to solve these problems.  At the heart of this new way of doing science, especially experimental and observational science but also increasingly computational science, is the generation of data.  As a result, new opportunities exist for the assimilation of data into a variety of geophysical models that span several geoscience disciplines.

In response to these evolving needs, in late 2008 the IUGG  executive approved the formation of a new Union Commission on Data and Information (UCDI; http://www.iugg.org/about/commissions/ucdi.php and http://www.iugg-ucdi.org). This commission grew out of a report and proposal from the IUGG/IAGA sponsored Electronic Geophysical Year (eGY,www.egy.org 2007-2008). The overall objective is: “UCDI will enable a high level of cooperation within and between scientific communities. This cooperation is needed in order to ensure the availability of modern data and information systems and services, which are globally distributed, provide universal open access, and are sustainable.” (UCDI, Terms of Reference).

The goal of this session is to assess the current state of data science and informatics effort in support of IUGG science and inform IUGG scientists, as well as indicate successful progress made to date and the challenges that presently exist.

Principle Conveners: Peter Fox (UCDI chair, RPI), Charles Barton (UCDI co-chair, ANU), Mark Parsons (NSIDC), Adelina Geyer Traver (UCDI secretary, CIMNE), Roger Proctor (UTas), Richard Swinbank (Secretary of IAMAS/ICDM UK MetOffice), Co-Conveners: Ruth Neilan (JPL/NASA), Alik Ismail-Zadeh (IUGG secretary general, KIT)

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