Geohazard Data Sharing In The 21st Century: Three Online Venues For The Scientific Community Abstract


  • Following the many large earthquake disasters of the past two years, members of the geoscience community have quickly mobilized to collect data from each region, sometimes requesting geodetic instrumental support from UNAVCO, an NSF- and NASA-funded geoscience support facility. UNAVCO has also provided online scientific support including: (1) a Supersite page for the immediate sharing of results and data, (2) an interactive forum that facilitates the exchange of logistical and scientific information, and (3) an 'Event Page' which presents selected data, contextual information, and weblinks for a broader scientific audience. A Supersite is declared when the GEO task lead and the Supersites lead from ESA determine that the damage caused by the event is severe enough to justify international cooperation in order to share geophysical data and results. A UNAVCO Forum and Event Page are created once a formal request for geodetic instrumental support has been submitted to UNAVCO by a member of the scientific community or if the disaster (e.g. Japan) is deemed significant enough to warrant a response. This paper will discuss the intent, value, and issues related to these tools, community feedback and web traffic, and possible future directions in supporting the community in scientific communication.

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  • 2011

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