EarthScope is a vast project for deep geoscientific exploration of the entire North American continent, as well as our entire Earth, to better understand the materials it is made of, how it was assembled, and how it works — including its recurring earthquakes and active volcanoes.
EarthScope scientists use state-of-the-art instruments and methods to collect data from seismic waves, crustal movements, Earth's magnetic field, rock and soil samples, and images obtain from aircraft and satellites. Our scientists analyze these diverse sets of data in combination with innovative laboratory experiments and theoretical modeling. The research produces transformative knowledge that helps us better explain geological phenomena, protect ourselves against natural hazards, and locate necessary resources.
The expertise, enthusiasm, and findings of the EarthScope community constitute an increasingly rich resource for enhancing Earth science education in formal (K-12, college, university) and informal (parks, museums, media) settings. The EarthScope National Office education and outreach program facilitates dissemination of EarthScope science to educators and to the public with a focus on free-choice or informal learning environments.
Our vision is to use North America as a natural laboratory to gain fundamental insight into how the Earth operates. The complexity of geologic processes requires contributions from investigators across the Earth sciences working as individuals and as members of multidisciplinary collaborative teams.
Our goal is to enable and encourage scientists to study the Earth in creative new ways, allow innovative ideas to thrive, and ultimately provide new insights into the past, present, and future of the planet we live on.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds EarthScope. EarthScope is being constructed, operated, and maintained in alliance with UNAVCO, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), and is conducted in partnership with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as well as other organizations. Several international organizations also contribute to the initiative.