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NSF EarthCube-funded Scientists Release Planet Microbe planet microbe global map

Recently Published Study Details the Global Oceanographic Tool

Because 70 percent of Earth is comprised of oceans, their changes have a great impact on our entire planet. Many oceanographic changes often go unnoticed for years, decades, and sometimes centuries; however, slight variances in sea microbes (microscopic organisms) can provide researchers with tremendous insight into long-term change.

A recent journal article not only explains EarthCube's Planet Microbe project as a platform for marine microbiology, but also discusses how contextual information is fundamental to understanding the microbial genomic content of marine ecosystems. The project, which demonstrates a future direction in marine metagenomic research, delivers an automated system that enables scientists to ask new questions of existing data. In particular, virtual datasets can be used broadly by the geosciences community to refine global ecological models, to inform citizen science efforts and policy, and derive critical information on temporal and spatial data associated with ocean microbes.

“Our goal was to create a web-based platform for scientists to share environmental data sets from world-wide ocean research endeavors,” said Planet Microbe Principal Investigator Bonnie Hurwitz, associate professor of biosystems engineering at the University of Arizona. “Researchers collect water samples measuring an array of characteristics ranging from conductivity and temperature to depth and salinity. With Plant Microbe, scientists’ data sets can easily be uploaded and shared with one another.” Read the blogpost.

EarthCube Project Creates Data Broker to Share Information About Novel Volcano in Tanzania


Virginia Tech Doctoral Student Teams with International Researchers to Learn More about Ol Doinyo Lenga

Considered young in comparison to other volcanoes, Ol Doinyo Lengai has been viewed as a petrological mystery since its first recorded eruption in the late 1800s. While typical terrestrial magma consists of silicon and oxygen, Ol Doinyo Lengai erupts carbonatite magma. Monitoring this volcano’s inflation and deflation in real-time  has been one of the case-studies for the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded EarthCube project CHORDS (Cloud-Hosted Real-time Data Services for the Geosciences) for several years. Scientists from  Virginia Tech, Ardhi University in Tanzania, and the Korea Institute for Geosciences and Mineral Resources (KIGAM)  researchers set up the monitoring project to better understand the East African Rift and the hazards of the volcano.

“We have recently implemented real-time Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) sensors on Ol Doinyo Lengai that allow us to collect one data point per second,” said Joshua Jones, a Virginia Tech doctoral student. “We created a data broker coined TZVOLCANO to collect and share the sensor information with the broader scientific community.”  Read the blogpost.

EarthCube Webinar


The 2021 NSF EarthCube Solicitation

Have you wanted to become a funded project under the NSF EarthCube initiative?  The EarthCube community is interested in recruiting new partners and encouraging their participation in the upcoming NSF call for new capabilities, pilots, and research coordination networks (proposals due March 2, 2021). This is not an official NSF webinar, but is meant to give timely and helpful advice with time for questions and answers. Participation by EarthCube Office, Leadership Council, and community. Friday, Nov. 6, 11 am PTRead announcement and register for the webinar.

Your Opinion, Please microphone


Attention Geoscience Researchers and EarthCube Builders: the EarthCube Office wants to hear what you think!

Please take our survey!

Geoscience Researchers Confidential Survey: GeoScientists

EarthCube Builders Confidential Survey: Builders

EarthCube Materials CollectionEarthCube materials at UCSD library

The EarthCube Office has been working to gather materials produced by the organization over the life of the NSF initiative, and create a collection that will be stored at the UCSD Library. This collection of materials from the EarthCube Project includes organizational and governance documents, white papers, presentations, and reports produced by EarthCube Leadership Council and related Governance committee working groups, and Office staff.

Work continues to develop document processing workflows, generate metadata, and submit documents. The UCSD Library provides outstanding support for this, and we are able to get DOIs minted for materials submitted. Here are some of the recent documents that are now available through the UCSD Library Digital Collections: Explore the collection - we'll provide updates in future newsletters.


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3D Data Viz Challenge

Digital Rocks Portal

Reuse 3D data from the EarthCube Digital Rocks Portal to create graphic, video, or 3D printed visualizations and compete for sponsored cash prizes up to $1,000. All details are here including videos and Python Notebooks from their visualization mini-course for porous materials data. Entry deadline: Dec. 1, 2020.

SGCI Focus Week

Gateway Virtual Teamwork

Virtual: Nov 30 - Dec 10, 2020. Strategies for Developing and Maintaining Your Gateway. Teams can register and attend the full workshop with instructor feedback (best option for developing a sustainability strategy). Limited seats.

Or just attend sessions of interest "a la carte" (no instructor feedback).
Register by Nov. 23.
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Major Conferences


AGU American Geophysical Union Fall Mtg [virtual] 2020 Dec 1-17


AMS American Meteorological Society [virtual option] 2021 Jan 10-14



Data Help Desk


Volunteer as a Data Expert or Provide a Tool Demo Video

Volunteer to be a Data or Software Expert for the Virtual Data (and Software) Help Desk at AGU 2020, to be hosted within the #AGU20 Fall Meeting (Dec. 7-11 & 14-16, 2020). This event, sponsored by EarthCube and further supported by AGU and 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 in one or more of the following ways:
  • Answer data questions (monitor platform and answer where you can)
  • Share a recorded demo of a tool or resource (ideally <5 min)
  • Share a one-pager about your tool or resource
To volunteer, please complete this brief form by Nov. 13, 2020. More details about how you can contribute are in the Volunteer Guidelines. Don't miss this chance to help others with data-related questions and to demo your tool or platform! Questions? Contact

AGU 2020 At a Glance


EarthCube Projects Presenting

With nearly 40 EarthCube-related presentations scheduled for AGU 2020, keep an eye out for: AMGeO, BALTO, CCHDO, CSDMS, Data Discovery Studio, EarthChem, GeoCODES, GeoDeepDive, GeoSciCloud, iSamples, Jupyter meets the Earth, LinkedEarth, MagIC, Pangeo, QGreenland, StraboSpot and many more.

Mark your Calendars for the EarthCube Town Hall: EarthCube: A Community-Driven Cyberinfrastructure for the Geosciences—A Progress Report, Monday, 7 Dec. 2020: 10:30 - 11:30 PST.


EarthCube Team Meetings

Technology & Architecture Committee (TAC)  -  Mon Nov 2, 11 am PT
Council of Funded Projects (CFP)  -  Thu Nov 5, 9:30 am PT
Science & Engagement Team (SET)  -  Tue Nov 10, 1 pm PT
Council of Data Facilities (CDF)  -  Fri Nov 13, 12 pm PT

Email us to join any of these groups:


NSF Opportunities NSF



The Carpentries & CyVerse

Science Engagement Postdoctoral Position

This is a joint The Carpentries postdoc position between The Carpentries and CyVerse across a range of activities to develop, enhance, and expand the capacity of The Carpentries and CyVerse to develop curriculum, and build communities and opportunities for training in digital and computational science skills. The successful candidate will collaborate broadly across CyVerse (Univ. of Arizona), The Carpentries  (remote), and community groups. Full listing.

Environmental Science & School of Data Science

Environmental Data Science Position - Assoc/Full Professor

The University of Virginia seeks applicants whose research and teaching address questions in environmental science using novel approaches to the data cycle to advance knowledge of environmental systems, and to solve problems of societal relevance. Approaches of interest include data acquisition, analytical workflows, and data-driven computational methods (e.g. machine-learning, statistical or simulation approaches).This position is open to all areas of the environmental sciences but will prioritize data science research and teaching in the hydrologic, atmospheric, or geoscience domains. Full listing.

UCAR Unidata has two job openings

Educational Designer

We are looking for an educational designer to help us help our community of scientists, educators, and students learn how to use Unidata software and data services to support their scientific research. For more information, see our blog post and the official posting.

AI/ML Software Engineer

We are looking for an Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) developer to interact with Unidata’s community of researchers and educators and to help them harness AI/ML approaches to data analysis.For more information, see our blog post and the official posting.
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