A National Research Council study committee on “Challenges and
Opportunities in Earth Surface Processes” is seeking your input. The committee’s report will have the greatest impact on future research if it has strong input from a broad spectrum of the interested community. For this reason, your input is very important.
The National Science Foundation has requested that the National Research Council conduct a study which will assess (1) the state-of-the-art of the multi-disciplinary field of earth surface processes, (2) the challenges and opportunities for making advances in the field, and (3) the technical and intellectual needs to meet those challenges and opportunities.
The study committee is addressing the task by considering research on the dynamic biological, chemical, physical, and human processes, interactions, and feedback mechanisms that affect the shape of Earth’s surface across a range of spatial and temporal scales. During its four or five scheduled study meetings, the committee cannot hear from all of the many interested individuals who have important input to this topic, so the committee seeks your help in the form of written contributions on the following set of questions:
- What have been the four most significant conceptual
and/or technological advances in earth surface processes in the last 15 years?
- What are two emergent and fundamental questions that
earth surface processes research can address?
- What challenges (organizational, administrative,
conceptual, philosophical, etc.) exist in conducting the research needed to answer the fundamental questions identified in Question 2?
The committee expects some variety in answers to these questions, and is interested in learning about different viewpoints. We wish to gauge the nature of the variety of views that might exist within the broad field of earth surface processes.
To submit responses to these questions, please go to:
For more information about the study please go to:
Comments received by June 15, 2008, will be considered at the
committee’s next meeting (June 24-26, 2008). However, the committee welcomes input until August 2008. The final report will be released in February 2009.
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