Joint Fall 2017 Meeting of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources and its standing Committee on Earth ResourcesBoard on Earth Sciences and Resources
November 13, 2017
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW Washington DC 20418
DAY ONE:Geoscience in Four Dimensions: Integration of geological, geophysical, and geospatial data to advance US economic growth and security Geosciences are critical for the economic growth of the United States, and also provide a vital contribution to national security. Geological, geophysical and geospatial data (sometimes called geo-referenced data) have fundamentally enhanced the nation?s growth and security through the identification, development, and stewardship of mineral, energy, and water resources; identification of potential hazards; location and development of new infrastructure; and transformation of geospatial intelligence. When combined with elevation and deformation data more recently available from lidar and InSAR technologies, geological and geophysical data are essential for decisions and planning from local to national levels. Additionally, the advent of new sensors and technologies for collecting and storing information about rock properties and fluid flow from the deep Earth to the shallow subsurface have greatly expanded our capacity to address geotechnical engineering and design problems, location and extent of mineral and energy resources, well and mine construction, water infrastructure issues, flow and quantity of groundwater, and hazardous waste monitoring and cleanup. The potential to combine, analyze, visualize, and interpret both surface and subsurface data through space and time offers the potential for new insights and information that can support economic growth and societal and security needs. PURPOSE: This session will examine the opportunities and needs to expand the availability, integration, and innovative application of geological, geophysical and geospatial data. OBJECTIVE: Understanding how integration of geological, geophysical, and geospatial data can serve the needs of local, state, and national decision-making.