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Transforming Geosciences Research


Real-Time Work Aboard the Voyage of Joides Resolution

Continuing her expedition aboard Joides Resolution, EarthCube-funded Scientist Leah LeVay continues to share daily updates; they are found here.
"The science objectives of this cruise are amazing because we are linking processes of the Earth’s mantle, ocean circulation and even climate," said LeVay. "From my perspective, what is unique about this cruise is that we do not have a science party on the ship due to COVID-19 restrictions, so the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) staff are conducting their normal job duties, along with running all of the lab equipment, so that science can continue even in a pandemic. My responsibility on board is to provide a link to co-chief scientists and the rest of the international science party that are ashore, to ensure they are getting the information they need to best analyze collected data."
IODP staff members photograph and archive freshly split sedimentary cores.
Credit: Leah Levay

Comprehensive Ice Sheets Gateway “GHub” Helps Address Sea Level Rise

Researchers at the University at Buffalo recently teamed with colleagues at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Tufts University to publish a special issue paper entitled Building a Glaciology Gateway to Unify a Community in the Concurrency and Computation journal. The journal article provides detailed information about the Glaciology Hub known as the GHub science gateway, which is powered by the HUBzero® Platform at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, located at UC San Diego.

“Sea level rise is a grave concern, making ice melt rates an important area of study,” said GHub Co-Principal Investigator Kristin Poinar, a University at Buffalo geology professor. “The Greenland Ice Sheet in particular is melting and calving ice at an alarming rate -- the equivalent of all of the water in Lake Erie every two years.  This has raised the global sea level by more than one centimeter over the past twenty years.”

Full article.

June 2021 Meeting Recordings Now Available

The 2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting took place June 15-17 and included an array of talks, poster sessions, and listening sessions. If you missed the meeting, recaps and recordings of the sessions are available here.


Team Meetings

Council of Data Facilities (CDF) - Friday, August 13, 12 pm (PDT)
Council of Funded Projects (CFP) - Thursday, September 2, 9:30 am (PDT)
Technology & Architecture Committee (TAC) - TBA
Science & Engagement Team (SET) - Tuesday, September 7, 1 pm (PDT)


$100,000 Available for Governance Budgets

The EarthCube Office is pleased to announce, as part of the ECO Year 3 budget, $100,000 in 2021-2022 EarthCube funding for direct support of Governance body activities. Proposals for 2021-2022 EarthCube Governance Funding are due Friday, October 1, and details are found here.

CDF Announces Three New Members

Renaissance Computing Institute, Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets and DesignSafe have recently joined the CDF, bringing the total number of member organizations to 45. All members are listed here and everyone is invited to attend the upcoming CDF meeting on Friday, August 13, 12pm (PDT).

Learn more on the EarthCube Governance page or email to join any of these groups.


Data Matters: Short-Course Series

August 9-13. Data Matters™ is a week-long series of one- and two-day courses aimed at students and professionals in business, research, and government. Sponsored by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, the National Consortium for Data Science, RENCI and North Carolina State University, the short-course series gives students the chance to learn about a wide range of topics in data science, analytics, visualization, curation, and more from expert instructors. Learn more here.

CloudBank's RRoCCET21

August 10-12. Introducing RRoCCET21, a virtual conference for researchers interested in using cloud computing in their work. Hosted by researchers with a wide range of expertise, this conference explores the benefits and opportunities unlocked by migrating to the public cloud. The program presents the cloud as an accessible platform for research computing, including case studies, discussion time and short tutorials on key tools and technologies. The RRoCCET21 conference is organized by CloudBank, an NSF-funded initiative that helps the computer science community access and use public clouds for research and education. Get the program agenda, event committee and more info here.

EarthRates Broader Impacts workshop

August 12 (2-4pm, EDT). Learn more about the new Broader Impacts Database, Best Practices for JEDI, and Assessment with special guests Rocio Caballero-Gill and Amy Myrbo. Please RSVP here.

NCEAS Environmental Data Science Summit

February 8-9, 2022. As part of a new Environmental Data Science Research Coordination Network, this inaugural annual summit will take place in Santa Barbara, California. This year’s theme is “Harnessing Diversity in Environmental Data Science” and will bring together environmental data scientists to connect, learn, share and collaborate. Participants will be selected through an application process with multiple opportunities for participant funding; details here.


Resources, Training, and Events Regarding FAIR Principles

FAIR For Research Software Working Group (FAIR4RS WG) is leading the research software community in the crucial step of agreeing how to apply the FAIR principles to research software. With formal community review of the draft principles now completed, stay tuned for release of the final FAIR principles for research software. The FAIR4RS WG is now starting to focus on or development of guidelines for implementation of the principles, including identification of use cases. Inputs are welcome on potential use cases and existing FAIR research software guidelines and tools that could be leveraged. Some early adopters have already emerged, including Australian Research Data Commons, ELIXIR, and the Netherlands eScience Center.

Upcoming FAIR4RS WG events include the Workshop on Sustainable Software Sustainability (WoSSS), which will be held October 6-8 (online). This will include a session on applying the FAIR principles to research software.

FAIReScience will be held on September 20 to discuss how FAIR principles are being applied to research software, machine learning, workflows and executable notebooks. Details are here

A recorded interview on how FAIR4RS engagement is structured to maximize involvement is available as part of the 2021 Collegeville Workshop on Scientific Software: Software Teams. 

This month's post was provided by Dan Katz via the Research Software Alliance. We welcome requests for additional FAIR-related topics to share among the EarthCube community and beyond! Please send questions or suggestions to

NNSFational Science Foundation Opportunities and Deadlines

NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers

A new NSF-GEO opportunity for Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRCs) includes the following priority areas for new centers: strategic minerals, climate change, sea level rise, water resources and earth-sun interactions. That said, GEO will entertain center ideas on any topic, as they are building a robust portfolio of industry-university use-inspired research centers. In a nutshell, these centers are university-based and can be single-site or multi-site. They have an industrial advisory board that pays membership fees to be members of the center. This money is used to support faculty-proposed research projects and supports the students, postdocs working on them, faculty/researcher time and research costs. Centers are not contract shops and do not do applied research. Their projects are fundamental in nature, but use-inspired and focused on helping a sector of the economy to overcome hurdles that are preventing that sector from moving forward. The intellectual property that comes from center projects belongs to the university, but is shared among all center members. Members can be companies, other government entities, non-profits or other interested parties and viable center projects must have multiple Members willing to put money in to support any given project. The NSF funding goes to support administrative costs of the center. The new Dear Colleague Letter is here

If you want to know more about the program and how it works, the solicitation is NSF 20-570. Note that there is a short preliminary proposal that will be due in early September and a preliminary proposal is required to submit a full proposal to the December target date. Preliminary proposals are very simple and idea-based and for planning purposes only, so easy to create. 
If you have questions or want to know more about the GEO IUCRC program or have any questions or ideas for a potential Center, please contact Barbara Ransom in the NSF GEO front office.


Science Gateway

Science gateways provide online access to shared, integrated cyberinfrastructure resources for specific scientific and educational communities. These resources can include data, tools, collaboration aids, high performance computing, and guidance. The Science Gateways Community Institute is a great resource for additional insight on science gateways.

For additional Cyberinfrastructure Jargon definitions, please see the EarthCube Office CI Jargon page.


Executive Director - West Big Data Innovation Hub

The West Big Data Innovation Hub is seeking an executive director. Remote applicants from the 13 Western states served by the West Hub are encouraged to apply. Details are here.

Front-End Software Engineering - Utah State University

Utah State University has an opening for a front-end software engineer who understands web development using component-based architecture. The selected candidate will work with a team of faculty, researchers, students, and programmers to design, develop, and maintain web applications supporting water research projects, including development of hydrologic information systems, online collaborative data sharing and water resources modeling environments, and high performance computing systems. These projects include EarthCube-related projects HydroShare and ReproBench. The applicant will have the opportunity to, and be expected to have the versatility to, work on multiple web applications, tools, and services across different projects. This will require taking new initiative and an ability to rapidly acquire and apply knowledge in an evolving software environment. Application review will continue until the position is filled.  Full description and application may be accessed here

Assistant Professor - Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of coastal science. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary research and teaching in the broad area of coastal science. Areas of interest include but are not limited to, novel applications of geospatial analytics and/or machine learning to coastal zone processes, coastal system evolution, geocomplexity, as well as connections to coastal policy and geohealth. The review of applications will begin on August 6. Details are found here.

Postdoc for Machine Learning in Fisheries Acoustics at University of Washington

The Echospace group at the University of Washington is looking for a postdoc to conduct research at the intersection of fisheries/ocean acoustics and machine learning. The project is funded by NOAA Fisheries, with a long-range goal of developing a high-throughput echosounder data analysis pipeline to contribute to fishery stock assessment and ecosystem-based management. The UW Echospace group, based jointly at the UW Applied Physics Laboratory and eScience Institute, is a highly collaborative research group with members with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The postdoc will have opportunities to develop skills including cloud computing and software engineering as integrated components of their work within Echospace and interact with the vibrant ocean sciences and data science communities at UW and in Seattle. More information is here.

Geological Survey of Canada Postdoctoral Opportunities

3D Methods Geoscientist. The Geological Survey of Canada is seeking a qualified postdoctoral candidate, or work experience equivalent, with specialty in 3D geological topology, geoscience knowledge representation and 3D geological modelling. Two-year, extendable, research position with a focus on developing methods for integrating digital geological knowledge with 3D geological modelling and simulation platforms. Must have strong computing background with varied experience in geoscientific data and knowledge organization, theory and practice of 3D modelling, and software development. This research will be undertaken within the Canada 3D project, and in collaboration with the international Loop research project

3D Modelling Geoscientist - The Geological Survey of Canada is seeking a qualified postdoctoral candidate, or work experience equivalent, with specialty in 3D geological modelling of regional scale stratigraphy and structures. Two-year, extendable, research position for developing regional to national-scale 3D geological models of Canadian geology. The successful applicant will function as part of a team to implement and advance innovative methods for 3D geological modelling in data-sparse and knowledge-rich environments, using 2D geoscience information from regional maps, digital elevation models and cross-section interpretations, as well as structural data from surface mapping and bore holes. Requires expert knowledge of some 3D geological modelling platforms, including Gocad-SKUA, Geomodeller, GemPy, CURE, LoopStructural, or Map2Loop. Experience with machine learning applications for integration and joint geophysical and geological inversions is a bonus. Broad knowledge of geological processes, approaches to 3D regional scale geo-mapping and advanced computational techniques for handling, analyzing and modelling of 3D geoscience data. This research will extend Canada3D priority regions through an international research and development collaboration with the international Loop research project.

Volunteer at the GSA 2021 Virtual Data Help Desk

Volunteer to be a Data Expert for the Virtual Data Help Desk at GSA 2021, to be hosted during part of GSA 2021 Connects (October 11-13). This event, which is a program of EarthCube, the GSA Geoinformatics & Data Science Division and the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), connects researchers with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to learn about skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software open and FAIR. You can volunteer to take part in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Answer data questions (monitor Twitter feed and answer where you can)

  2. Share a recorded demo (share a brief recorded demo of a tool or resource, ideally <5 min)

  3. Share a one-pager about your tool or resource.

To volunteer, please complete this brief form, as soon as possible by Friday October 1. Note: contributions of one-pagers or recorded demos will be due by Monday October 3. Learn more about specific options for participating here.

The Data Help Desk is happening virtually after several successful virtual and in-person events at professional meetings over the last few years at the AGU Fall Meeting, the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, the European Geosciences Union, the Ocean Sciences Meeting, and more. Don't miss this chance to help others with data-related questions and to demo your tool or platform! Note: you do not have to be attending the GSA Meeting to participate in this virtual event.

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