Brainstorm: reorganizing working groups

During the workshop some changes to working groups came up several times, including actively facilitating cross-fertilization and redefining/reorganizing the working groups. I would like to start a brainstorming discussion of how we might reorganize the working groups.

Some possible goals of a reorganization:

  • Facilitate cross-fertilization among disciplines.
  • Align the working groups with research topics / tasks / goals.
  • Facilitate interaction with partner organizations.
  • Make it easier to initiate and sunset working groups.

Here is my brain dump on a possible reorganization. I doubt I have sufficiently captured the breadth of the community. Please refine and/or provide completely different alternatives!

Education and Training

Best practices for education and training. Develop teaching modules.

Software Infrastructure

Best practices (software development and deployment) and standards (API, file formats) for software. Identify and develop common tools.

The Earthquake Cycle

Model the physics of the earthquake cycle (earthquake rupture and radiated seismic waves, postseismic deformation, interseismic deformation, …)

Imaging Earth

Determine the (mechanical?) properties of Earth

Landscape evolution

Modeling the physics of landscape evolution (deformation of the crust, surface processes, …)

Plate Tectonics

(Geo)Dynamo

Magma (rifting, volcanos, …)

Having a Working Group focused on a task or goal achievable in the <2’ish year time frame (bullet point 2) will create opportunities for more to be involved in CIG and create a mechanism that allows a group to easily dissolve (bullet point 4).

In addition, I see where your proposal promotes cross disciplinary (bullet point 1) and interactions across other organizations (bullet point 2).

Brad, this is a great idea. CIG Seismology has traditionally focused on wave propagation but nothing like dynamic rupture simulations – while we have seen such simulations in pylith. Mantle Convection still needs to slot somewhere. It would be nice to see which codes fall into multiple groups, and also which topics suggest other new codes would be needed.

Add: Lithospheric Dynamics

Here is the updated list of revamped working groups:

  • Education and Training
  • Software Infrastructure
  • The Earthquake Cycle
  • Imaging Earth
  • Landscape Evolution
  • Plate Tectonics (or Plate Boundaries)
  • Lithospheric Dynamics
  • Dynamo
  • Magma (rifting, volcanos, …)
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Thanks for starting this discussion @baagaard and I like your proposed reorganization of working group topics, although as @carltape pointed out mantle convection would need to slot somewhere.

Regarding your note about initiating/sunsetting working groups, I wonder if we actually need to have standing committees for these topics.

Could the SSC keep track off CIG activities/initiatives across these topics and then be the primary group that organizes the formation of task-based groups with a definitive duration?

My understanding is the SSC currently reviews CIG postdoc applications. Perhaps the same could be done for groups proposing a CIG-supported meeting, staff assistance with a specific project, etc, etc?

In the above scenario, supported CIG activities are then more closely directed by an elected group and hopefully this would also promote more cross-fertilization among disciplines.

Cheers,
John

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Thanks for starting this discussion @baagaard and I like your proposed reorganization of working group topics, although as @carltape pointed out mantle convection would need to slot somewhere.

Subduction Dynamics?

Matt