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The Science Standing Committee is tasked with maintaining the connection between the academic geoscience and technology communities in EarthCube, and ensuring that end-user requirements are identified and prioritized. 

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Chair/Leadership Council Representative Emma Aronson, University of California, Riverside (June 2018 - May 2020)
Co-chair: Kristen Rasmussen , Colorado State University (January 2018 - December 2020)
Current Activities

If you have comments on or would like to become involved in any current activity, or have a suggestion for a future Science Committee activity, please register your interest or idea by emailing Contact in the EarthCube Office.

Integrated Science and Technology/Architecture Activities

Ensuring the scientific and technical communities speak and process the same language is key to advancing EarthCube’s mission, not least because semantic technologies and ontologies (that involve naming and defining the types and properties of, and interrelationships between entities) play an increasing role in scientific workflows and knowledge infrastructures. At the most basic level, EarthCube needs to promote a common vocabulary for describing and classifying essential variables, data structures, workflows, etc. As a first step to generating this common vocabulary, the Science and Technology/Architecture Committees are holding a joint Sci-Tech Workshop in Berkeley, CA, on April 23 and 24 which will (in the context of the cyberinfrastructure products domain scientists want) initiate and provide essential content for a semantic wiki; and delineate processes for defining essential variables and use cases in different geoscience domains. 

Strategic Science Plan: Geoscience 2020

The Strategic Science Plan: Geoscience 2020 is a living document that is evolving and will continue to evolve until August of this year (2015), at which point it will be submitted to the NSF as a component of EarthCube's overarching Scope and Vision document. The procedure being followed to develop the Science Plan was initiated in the Fall of 2014, culminating with two workshops. The EarthCube Scope and Vision Workshop took place in Berkeley, CA, on March 25 and 26. The core questions being asked of participants in this workshop were: What is EarthCube-enabled science?  How can EarthCube support different needs and research agendas, and generic as well as specific science drivers and use cases? Participants in the EarthCube Sci-Tech Workshop, to take place in Berkeley, CA, on April 23 and 24, will determine whether or not cyberinfrastructure products domain scientists want are technically and logistically feasible, and seek to establish when and in what form they might be made available for use.
Contact: Emma Aronson (UC Riverside)


Participation in the science committee and all its activities is based on volunteered effort. The Science Committee Charter explains the purpose of the committee’s existence; the conditions governing membership; its organizational structure; and the roles and responsibilities of its members. Acknowledging that there are necessary trade-offs between fulfilling the Science Committee’s responsibilities in a way that assures everyone's confidence and the need to fulfill those responsibilities within prescribed timeframes, the core question being addressed is: How can the Science Committee best fulfill its responsibilities while conducting business openly?
Contact: Ken Rubin (U Hawaii)

Web Services

The Science Committee desires to maintain a distinct and vibrant presence on the EarthCube website. To accomplish this it is necessary to determine how the Science Committee can optimize its web space, and identify what content and which tools will be of most use; an overarching objective being to promote interaction and information exchange between domain scientists and the Science Committee. The core question being addressed is: What kind of information, laid out in what way, will motivate domain scientists not already involved with EarthCube to want to become more involved?
Contact: Mimi Tzeng (Dauphin Island Sea Lab)