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Special Interest Group (SIG) Breakout Sessions

These are the breakout sessions associated with the 2024 NSF SAGE/GAGE Community Science Workshop.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mountain Time (UTC-6:00)


The Common Sensor Platform (CSP) is a unified NSF GAGE and SAGE Facilities engineering effort that is working to create a scalable, modular instrument platform that will be configurable to multiple types of geophysical instrumentation and adaptable to a variety of terrestrial environments.

In this session, we will present our first round of project deliverables, including the version 1 (v1) CSP station design, technical documents, and resources we have developed for users. We will also share our successes in building collaborative engineering practices and procedures across our instrumentation groups. Most importantly, we will be using this time to actively seek community feedback on our v1 design and will solicit ideas for the next round of CSP engineering efforts.


The major goals for the session are to: a) introduce our v1 design to our PI community; b) communicate the engineering processes and workflows we have established thus far; and most importantly, c) receive feedback from our users and community members on our work to date. The feedback we receive will help inform our v2 design and identify new ideas and improvements to our future efforts.

Primary contact: Marianne Okal (EarthScope Consortium; marianne.okalat


SZ4D is a community-driven initiative for a long-term, interdisciplinary research program to define the limits and possibilities of predicting geohazards. This effort focuses on subduction zones, which host seismic, volcanic, landslide, and tsunamigenic hazards and their interactions. The purpose of this SIG is to update the community on recent and planned SZ4D activities, highlight opportunities available through existing programs such as SZNet, and seek community input on future directions.


1) We seek to inform community members of the latest SZ4D efforts and initiatives and opportunities to engage with SZ4D. 

2) Efforts are underway to refine plans for instrumental arrays envisaged in the SZ4D Implementation Plan (Hilley et al., 2022) in preparation for instrumentation proposals. These arrays would include seismic, geodetic and other geophysical, geological, geochemical and environmental instruments, and community feedback is essential. 

3) SZ4D is also working to catalyze and coordinate other activities required to address the science questions outlined in the SZ4D Implementation Plan, including facilitating PI collaborations, and the SIG offers an opportunity for discussion and networking by interested community members to identify knowledge gaps and discuss strategies to address them.

Primary contact: Donna Shillington (Northern Arizona University; donna.shillingtonat


Accelerate into the Future: Your On-Ramp to Cloud Computing Awaits! Cloud computing is not just at the forefront of technological advancement—it’s redefining the landscape of research and opening new doors for collaboration and open science. Join our session to explore the exciting developments and opportunities on the horizon for the EarthScope community. EarthScope Data Services has made substantial strides in developing a new cloud-based data management platform, an evolution of the NSF GAGE and SAGE physical data centers. This platform is modernizing NSF SAGE and GAGE data systems for enhanced access and laying the groundwork for extensible capacity. Importantly, this platform introduces new capabilities for researchers.

This session will include a comprehensive overview of the On-Ramp project that aims to help the geophysical community leverage cloud-computing for transformative research, reproducible open science and education. Additionally, this session will feature presentations on use cases to illustrate how these cloud architectures will enhance research opportunities. We will also dedicate time for a Q&A session to address the community’s questions and concerns. Don’t miss this chance to be part of the conversation!


Sharing progress and plans with the community, listening to feedback from the community

Primary contact: Tammy Bravo (EarthScope Consortium; tammy.bravoat

Thursday, June 27, 2024 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am Mountain Time (UTC-6:00)


This SIG session will bring together scientists to share successes and lessons learned from recent community experiments, including–but not limited to–the Cascadia Initiative, AACSE, ENAM-CSE, CASIE, Oklahoma wavefields, etc. We encourage anyone with interest in using community data, proposing or participating in a future community experiment to attend.

The SIG will be primarily discussion based, with a focus on ways for these experiments and resulting data to maximize impact and ensure board participation in acquisition, analysis and scientific collaboration.

We especially encourage early career researchers and students to participate! 


Work towards a white paper/Eos with community best practices for maximizing participation and impact.

Primary contact: Lindsay Worthington (University of New Mexico; lworthingtonat


Join us for an interactive Special Interest Session focused on establishing and maintaining effective group norms and protocols in geoscience research settings. This session will delve into the intricacies of setting up norms that foster collaboration, respect, and productivity, whether in the field, on research vessels, or in laboratory environments.

We will discuss insights into best practices for developing and implementing group norms that ensure smooth operation and communication within research teams. The session will also explore the importance of building robust protocols that streamline workflows, enhance safety measures, and promote efficiency in geoscience research settings.

We invite you to join us to share your efforts and gather community needs.


Knowledge Sharing: Foster a community-driven exchange of knowledge and experiences related to establishing and maintaining effective group norms and protocols in geoscience research settings.

Best Practice Identification: Identify and highlight best practices for developing and implementing group norms that enhance collaboration, respect, and productivity within research teams.

Problem Solving: Facilitate discussions aimed at addressing common challenges faced by research teams in establishing and maintaining effective group norms, and collectively develop strategies to overcome these challenges.

Networking and Collaboration: Provide a platform for participants to network, collaborate, and build relationships with other members of the geoscience research community who share an interest in this topic.

Community Needs Assessment: Gather insights and feedback from community members to better understand their needs and challenges related to group norms and protocols in geoscience research, with the aim of informing future initiatives and resources.

Primary contact: Anika Knight (EarthScope Consortium, anika.knightat


Open science is an umbrella term describing open and participatory research practices, where publications, software, and data are shared freely. Mandates for open access publication, open data, and open sourcing of software are becoming more common from funding agencies and from publishers, leading to shifts in how we plan and conduct research, conceptualize research products, and share results.

The goal of this session is to present ideas and open up discussions on how open science practices can and should work in the geophysics community. The session will include some short presentation on definitions of open access/open data/open source and good practices for individuals and groups, combined with broad discussions on topics like the benefits of and potential barriers to open science, community norms surrounding open science, and expectations for reproducibility with open data/code.


We hope participants will leave with an understanding of open science terminology and some new ideas on how to make their work more “open” both to the scientific community and more broadly. As various funding and publication mandates (and general good citizenship?) push towards more openness it’s useful to get the community talking about what we’re already doing, what we could improve on, and what positive changes might look like for geophysics in particular.

Open science terms aren’t always well understood by researchers, so one purpose of this session is to demystify the jargon (e.g., differences between green/gold/diamond open access) and show how open science concepts can be understood in the context of geophysics (e.g., how does open data align with common embargo period policies).

Beyond defining terminology, by discussing common open science questions in (small) group settings, the goal is for participants to come away with a sense for the concrete actions they might want to take towards open science practices as well as an understanding of cost/benefit for their work. This works in two directions: participants may learn strategies from each other for how to implement open science practices or work around various resource limitations, and the community as a whole can learn what common barriers (beyond just money) are that keep people from doing things like publishing OA and making their data and code available.

Primary contacts: Hannah Mark (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; hmarkat and Anant Hariharan (University of California, Santa Barbara)