Continental Scientific Drilling (CSD) is at a critical stage of growth in the United States. Opportunities to apply CSD technologies are rapidly expanding into disciplines and initiatives (e.g. Critical Zone Observatories) where there was little or no interest in drilling as recently as a decade ago. The need for CSD to address a wide array of earth and environmental science questions has been well documented through several recent workshop and NRC reports (Walton et al, 2009, 2010; Brigham-Grette et al., 2011; NRC, 2011). As a result of recent meetings (2011, 2012) of the Science Planning and Education and Outreach Committees of DOSECC a plan was put into place to provide NSF with broad community input concerning specific CSD science objectives in six broad areas:

Scientific Drilling and the Evolution of the Earth System: Climate, Biota, Biogeochemistry, and Extreme Events (Conveners: Lynn Soreghan, Andrew Cohen)

Drilling, active tectonics and magmatism (volcanics, fault zones, Geoprisms, post-SAFOD). (Conveners: John Shervais, Jim Evans, Virginia Toy, James Kirkpatrick, John C. Eichelberger and Amanda Clarke)

Drilling into High-enthalpy Geothermal Systems: A Collaborative Initiative to Promote Scientific Opportunities. (Conveners: Wilf Elders, Joseph Moore, Aleex Schriener, and Lucien Bartnicki)

Drilling, sampling, and imaging the depths of the critical zone. (Conveners: Clifford Riebe, Jon Chorover)

C
yberinformatics for Paleogeoscience (Conveners: Anders Nore, Jack Williams, Kerstin Lehnert, Shanan Peters, Eric Grimm, Julie Brigham-Grette, Emi Ito, Dave Anderson, Lisa Boush)

Broadening the Scope of Education and Outreach to Enhance the Scientific and Societal Impacts of Continental Scientific Drilling (Conveners: Shelton Alexander, others)

A recent NSF Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 12-111) highlighted NSF's desire to "facilitate planning activities that are necessary to support earth science proposals requiring continental scientific drilling" and that such activities might include both workshop support and community planning activities. Organizational discussions concerning this series of workshops which meet these criteria are well underway and several of them have already been formally submitted to NSF for funding. However the "community planning" element which NSF identified could be greatly enhanced by a concerted effort to coordinate both the execution and outcomes of those workshops.

The project deliverable will be a combined workshop report that documents and synthesizes the findings of all of these meetings vis-à-vis the needs of the continental scientific drilling community.


References Cited
Brigham-Grette, J., Walton, A.W., Cohen, A.S., and Rack, F. 2011, Toward a Strategic Plan for U.S. Continental Scientific Drilling: Into the New Decade. DOSECC Workshop Publication 3, 28pp.

National Research Council, 2012, New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences: National Academy Press, 174pp.

Walton, A.W., Miller, K.G., Koeberl, C., Shervais, J., Colman, S., Hickman, S. and Clyde, W., 2009, The Future of Continental Scientific Drilling-U.S. Perspective. DOSECC Workshop Publication 1, 60pp.

Walton, A.W., Brigham-Grette, J., Shervais, J. and Snyder, W., 2010, Developing the U.S. Initiative in Continental Scientific Drilling. DOSECC Workshop Publication 2, 45pp.

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