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All-Hands Meeting Breakout Session 6: Science Engagement and Outreach
Gelu M. Nita (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Heliophysics is in the core of the Geospace science because the solar activity directly determines the conditions of the Earth space environment and atmosphere. For understanding the physical mechanisms of the complex multi-scale processes on the Sun and developing Space Weather forecasting techniques, it is critical to develop a common cyberinfrastructure to collect, access, analyze, share and visualize all forms of data from ground-based and space observatories, as well as from data-driven numerical simulations and modeling, and develop capabilities for their efficient analysis using advanced computer science techniques.
Here we introduce a new Research Coordination Network (RCN) intended to foster new collaborations between Heliophysics and computer scientists, which will result in ideas and concrete plans for developing building blocks supporting the goals of the EarthCube initiative. This RCN will actively encourage involvement of a diverse pool of community members and will provide an organized virtual structure that will promote a science transforming open source knowledge collaboration. This collaboration will enhance the science return from individual research projects run by the RCN participants.
The activities of the RCN will be overseen by a Steering Committee composed of academic Heliophysicists and computer scientists from leading Universities and Research Centers in the field. The RCN will actively involve students and young researchers in its Working Groups and promote and support their participations in the EarthCube meetings. The project outcomes will be published in regular project reports, scholarly articles, and presented at the EarthCube meetings and scientific conferences.