New EarthScope Science Program & New EarthScope National Office Solicitation Are Live on NSF website

By Ramon Arrowsmith |
New EarthScope Science Program & New EarthScope National Office Solicitation Are Live on NSF website
EarthScope stations map

Hi everyone,

New documents from NSF are live on the NSF Web site:

  1. The new EarthScope solicitation is SF 14-552, and is available from both of the links below:

    http://www.nsf.gov/earthscope

    http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14552/nsf14552.htm

    The main changes from the prior solicitation are:

    • Proposals must explicitly state which of the EarthScope science targets, as outlined in the 2010 EarthScope Science Plan, the project is intended to address. 
    • All resubmitted proposals must contain a separate section of the Project Description explicitly describing what changes have been made to the proposal in response to previous NSF review comments and concerns.
    • PI must contact an EarthScope Program Director prior to submitting any proposal with an annual project budget exceeding $300,000, or the proposal may be returned without review.
    • Proposals must contain a Supplementary Document containing a list of all the conflicts of interest of all Senior Personnel.
  2. The EarthScope National Office solicitation is NSF 14-553, and is available from this link:

    http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14553/nsf14553.htm

    The main changes for this one are:

    • An explicit expectation that the EarthScope National Office will promote significant synthesis and integration of EarthScope science and broader impacts.
    • An explicit requirement that an office management plan be included in the proposal as a Supplementary Document.
  3. There is a new NSF Dear Colleague Letter posted that describes NSF plans for SAFOD and is available from this link:

    http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14058/nsf14058.jsp?org=NSF

Propose away!
Ramon

Professor Ramon Arrowsmith
Director EarthScope National Office
Chair EarthScope Steering Committee
School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University

50th Anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake

By Ramon Arrowsmith |
50th Anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake
At 5:36 pm on March 27, 1964, the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America, and the second largest in history, rattled coastal Alaska for close to 4 minutes.

The commemorations of the 1964 great Alaska earthquake provide an important opportunity to reflect on earth processes and hazards. EarthScope is an important asset and community increasing our knowledge of the processes. This knowledge is useful for decreasing hazards.

>>> Continue reading "50th Anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake"

Alaska Interpretive Workshop

By Sarah Robinson |
Alaska Interpretive Workshop

The EarthScope National Office will be hosting an Interpretive Workshop in Anchorage, Alaska April 28-30, 2014. This 3-day workshop will feature presentations by prominent geoscientists and interpretive professionals to help convey the story of the magnificent landscapes, geology, and natural hazards of the Alaska-Yukon region. For more information or to apply, visit the workshop page.

Where is EarthScope?

By Sarah Robinson |
Where is EarthScope?
IRIS 3d EQ browser, Alaska earthquakes

Find out where EarthScope stations are now! Check out our current status page, or look at our maps page for past and present instrument maps.

EarthScope Highlighted in Physics Today

By Sarah Robinson |
EarthScope Highlighted in Physics Today
The thickness of Earth’s crust beneath the continental US as mapped using ambient noise tomography. The thickest portion, in the high Rocky

Physics Today author Toni Feder gives the EarthScope project a well-rounded overview/update in her article "Scoping out the North American continent, 10 years on". The article covers all three observatories (US Array, PBO, and SAFOD) and includes interviews with Bob Busby, Ramón Arrowsmith, Meghan Miller, Stephen Hickman, David Simpson, and others.

New 3D Earthquake Browser Released from IRIS

By Sarah Robinson |
New 3D Earthquake Browser Released from IRIS
Image shows 3D view of IRIS earthquake browser, with the Aleutian Islands in Alaska being the selected region of interest.

The IRIS Education and Public Outreach team has recently released a new 3D earthquake browser, which allows users to select a region anywhere in the world and access real earthquake data. After selecting a region, viewers can select "3D view" and see the location, depth, and magnitude of the events selected in that region. Each "sphere" represents an earthquake event. The larger the sphere, the larger the reported earthquake magnitude. Color coding indicates depth of the event.

This new tool by IRIS has vast educational applications besides just being fun to play around with. It is visually pleasing and easy to use. You can read the IRIS newsletter article on their website to find out more about it. 

SPREE: Studying North America’s Broken Heart

By Sarah Robinson |
SPREE: Studying North America’s Broken Heart
Image credit: SOURCE: GRAVITY MAP, G. R. KELLER; GLOBE, C. STEIN

The SPREE project looks to study the mid-continent rift in North America. This array of seismometers is capturing nationwide attention with an article in the science journal "Nature". For more information, read the article.

EarthScope Geoevents

By Sarah Robinson |
EarthScope Geoevents
Visit the Geo Events page to see the most recent geo events!

Recent geologic events are now highlighted on the EarthScope website as "Geo Events". These Geo Events highlight EarthScope-related science such as large earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and more. Visit the Geo Events page to see the most recent geo events!

From the pre-GSA EarthScope 4D Evolution workshop: A few straightforward ways that regionally

By Sarah Robinson |
From the pre-GSA EarthScope 4D Evolution workshop: A few straightforward ways that regionally
Image courtesy EarthScope National Office

From the pre-GSA EarthScope 4D Evolution workshop:

A few straightforward ways that regionally based EarthScope research can support Earth science education, locally and nationally.

The exciting scientific presentations and discussions at the pre-GSA EarthScope workshop on Four-dimensional evolution of the conterminous US also prompted suggestions and brief discussion on ways that regionally based EarthScope-funded projects such as SPREE, OIINK, NELE, and SESAME could contribute geoscience teaching resources:

>>> Continue reading "From the pre-GSA EarthScope 4D Evolution workshop: A few straightforward ways that regionally"