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Coming in August: EarthCube at NJIT

NJIT’s leadership in the study of the Sun will bring scientists from across the nation to campus in August for a three-day session of the National Science Foundation’s EarthCube initiative dedicated to the science-driven cyberinfrastructure needs of solar-terrestrial research.

Beginning August 13, members of the NJIT community can join experts who will share their knowledge in areas such as observation, theory, 3D modeling, high-performance computing, and data analysis and management. The focus will be on gaining greater capabilities for understanding aspects of solar physics relevant to what’s known as the “Earth system,” which includes interactions extending from the surface of our nearest star to the upper atmosphere of our home planet.

Launched in 2011, EarthCube is a collaborative partnership between the National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Geosciences and the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. It’s also a virtual community with over 2,500 participants. They include atmosphere, computer, information and social scientists, as well as educators, data managers and contributors in other diverse fields.

EarthCube aims to:

  • Transform research and data-management practices within the geosciences community over the next decade
  • Provide researchers and educators with powerful new capabilities, including access to data and visualization tools
  • Vastly improve the productivity of the geosciences community
  • Accelerate Earth-system research
  • Provide a knowledge-management framework for the geosciences

The upcoming NJIT EarthCube workshop has been made possible by a grant of nearly $100,000 from the National Science Foundation. The grant was awarded to principal investigator Gelu Nita, associate research professor of physics, and co-investigators Gregory Fleishman, research professor of physics; Andrew Gerrard, professor of physics and director of the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research; Dale Gary, distinguished professor of physics and director of the Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array radio astronomy facility; and Alexander Kosovichev, professor of physics and director of the Big Bear Solar Observatory.

All are members of the local organizing committee for the event, along with Vincent Oria, associate professor of computer science and Marek Rusinkiewicz, dean of the College of Computing Sciences. Additional assistance in setting up the workshop has been provided by representatives of other universities and organizations, including ADNET Systems, Inc., Johns Hopkins University, MIT, NASA, National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, National Solar Observatory, Siena College, SRI International, University of New Hampshire and Wright State University.

Participation in the EarthCube workshop is by invitation only, and interested participants from the NJIT community can request an invitation from the local organizing committee by contacting Cheryl James, NJIT Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, at cheryl.james@njit.edu or 973-596-5376. The workshop will begin in Ballroom A of the Campus Center at 8:30 a.m. on August 13.

The workshop will also be live-streamed. Visit the Solar-Terrestrial End-User Workshop to register for virtual participation in order to receive streaming information.