Developing a comprehensive conceptual arhictecture to support Earth sciences

Tuesday, 16 December 2014: 5:31 PM
Chaowei Phil Yang1, Chen Xu2, Min Sun1 and Zhenlong Li2, (1)George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA, United States, (2)George Mason University Fairfax, Fairfax, VA, United States
Global challenges require the comprehensive understanding of the earth system to make smarter descisions about scientific research, operational management, and educational activities. We conducted in the one and half year a comprehensive investigation about how to develop a comprehensive conceptual architecture for developing a cyberinfrastructure that can help address such global challenges. This includes three aspects of research and outreach: we first analyzed the conceptual architecture requirements from the earth science domains and the exisiting global and national systems from different agencies and organizations to consolidate a list of requirements from scientific, technological, and educational aspects. A conceptual design by considering these reqquirements and the latest development in enterprise arhictecture was conducted based on our past decade's investigation about cyberinfrastructure architecture for supporting different aspects. We also organized several levels of reviews by different levels of experts from different organizations and background to help us comment the completeness, reasonability, and practicality of the design. A comprehensive conceptual design will be released for public comments this spring to solicit the general comments for reaching a design as comprehensive as possible. The final design is scheduled to be published in 2015 to contribute to the general world wide scientists and CI builders in the geoscience domain and beyond.