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Geoinformatics
Cyberinfrastructure for the Solid Earth Sciences

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G. Randy Keller, Chaitanya Baru, Peter Fox, Deborah L. McGuinness, Sriram Krishnan, Ravi Madduri, Michael Gurnis, Walter Landry, Eh Tan, Luis Armendariz, Leif Strand, Michael Aivazis, Mian Liu, Youqing Yang, Qingsong Li, Gang Luo, Huai Zhang, James A. Boyden, R. Dietmar Müller, Trond H. Torsvik, James A. Clark, Mark Turner, Hamish Ivey-Law, Robin J. Watson, John S. Cannon, Amit Chourasia, Stuart Wier, Charles Meertens, Peter Sadler, Cinzia Cervato, Hassan Babaie, Ilya Zaslavsky, David Maidment, Robert Casey, Timothy Ahern, Raed Aldouri, Ilkay Altintas, Daniel Crawl, Christopher Crosby, J. Ramon Arrowsmith, Viswanath Nandigam, Ann Gates, Paulo Pinheiro da Silva, Leonardo Salayandia, Omar Ochoa, Aida Gandara, Nicholas Del Rio, Ian Jackson, Richard Hughes, Sierd Cloetingh, H. P. Bunge, Jens Klump, Joachim Wächter, Peter Löwe, Ralf Bill, Matthias Lendholt, K. V. Subbarao, Arun Agarwal, Rajeev Wankar, M. Lee Allison, Linda C. Gundersen, Stephen M. Richard, Ryan Clark, Wolfgang Grunberg
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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521897150

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  • Advanced information technology infrastructure is increasingly being employed in the Earth sciences to provide researchers with efficient access to massive central databases and to integrate diversely formatted information from a variety of sources. These geoinformatics initiatives enable manipulation, modeling and visualization of data in a consistent way, and are helping to develop integrated Earth models at various scales, and from the near surface to the deep interior. This book uses a series of case studies to demonstrate computer and database use across the geosciences. Chapters are thematically grouped into sections that cover data collection and management; modeling and community computational codes; visualization and data representation; knowledge management and data integration; and web services and scientific workflows. Geoinformatics is a fascinating and accessible introduction to this emerging field for readers across the solid Earth sciences and an invaluable reference for researchers interested in initiating new cyberinfrastructure projects of their own.

    • Provides an accessible introduction to the applications of cyberinfrastructure in the Earth sciences for readers without specialist computer knowledge
    • Presents numerous international case studies to demonstrate the benefits of geoinformatics projects across a broad spectrum of geoscience disciplines
    • Edited by two pioneers of geoinformatics who are ideally placed to summarize the latest developments and initiatives
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    "This advanced compilation provides an overview of geoinformatics....[It] may serve the reader by giving examples or strategies that they might employ in their own research." -I.D. Sasowsky, CHOICE

    "This volume has a place in a number of libraries: for university libraries, this is an excellent addition. For scientists wanting to rethink their use of computational resources..this is a good resource..." - Rob Harrap, Geomatica

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521897150
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 46 b/w illus. 41 colour illus. 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    Introduction:
    1. Science needs and challenges for geoinformatics G. Randy Keller
    2. Introduction to IT concepts and challenges Chaitanya Baru
    Part I. Case Studies from Other Disciplines:
    3. Semantic cyberinfrastructure: the virtual solar-terrestrial observatory Peter Fox and Deborah L. McGuinness
    4. Cyberinfrastructures for life sciences and biomedicine Sriram Krishnan and Ravi Madduri
    Part II. Modeling Software and Community Codes:
    5. Development, verification and maintenance of computational software in geodynamics Michael Gurnis, Walter Landry, Eh Tan, Luis Armendariz, Leif Strand and Michael Aivazis
    6. Parallel finite element modeling of multi-timescale faulting and lithospheric deformation in the western US Mian Liu, Youqing Yang, Qingsong Li, Gang Luo and Huai Zhang
    7. Next-generation plate-tectonic reconstructions using GPlates James A. Boyden, R. Dietmar Müller, Michael Gurnis, Trond H. Torsvik, James A. Clark, Mark Turner, Hamish Ivey-Law, Robin J. Watson and John S. Cannon
    Part III. Visualization and Data Representation:
    8. Visualization of seismic model data Amit Chourasia
    9. The UNAVCO GEON Integrated Data Viewer for exploration, analysis, and integration of geoscience data Stuart Wier and Charles Meertens
    Part IV. Knowledge Management and Data Integration:
    10. Data and tools for geologic timelines and timescales Peter Sadler and Cinzia Cervato
    11. Modeling geodynamic processes with ontologies Hassan Babaie
    Part V. Web Services and Scientific Workflows:
    12. Service orientation in the design of a community hydrologic information system Ilya Zaslavsky and David Maidment
    13. Web services for seismic data archives Robert Casey and Timothy Ahern
    14. Development of robust data system for gravity and magnetic anomaly data: a case study of a community-based effort for point data Raed Aldouri and G. Randy Keller
    15. Scientific workflows for the geosciences: an emerging approach to building integrated data analysis systems Ilkay Altintas, Daniel Crawl and Christopher Crosby
    16. Online access and processing of Lidar topography data Christopher Crosby, J. Ramon Arrowsmith, Viswanath Nandigam and Chaitanya Baru
    17. Use of abstraction to support geoscientists' understanding and production of scientific artifacts Ann Gates, Paulo Pinheiro da Silva, Leonardo Salayandia, Omar Ochoa, Aida Gandara and Nicholas Del Rio
    Part VI. Emerging International and Other Efforts:
    18. It's not your data, it's everyone's: the benefits of a corporate approach to scientific information Ian Jackson and Richard Hughes
    19. TOPO-EUROPE and cyberinfrastructure: quantifying coupled deep earth-surface processes in 4D Sierd Cloetingh and H. P. Bunge
    20. OneGeology – from concept to global project Ian Jackson
    21. Geoinformatics developments in Germany Jens Klump, Joachim Wächter, Peter Löwe, Ralf Bill and Matthias Lendholt
    22. iGEON: networking the Indian geosciences community through GEON K. V. Subbarao, Arun Agarwal, Rajeev Wankar and Chaitanya Baru
    23. Geoinformatics in the public service: building a cyberinfrastructure across the geological surveys M. Lee Allison, Linda C. Gundersen and Stephen M. Richard
    24. Application of the U.S. geoscience information network to deploying a national geothermal data system Stephen M. Richard, Ryan Clark and Wolfgang Grunberg
    Index.

  • Editors

    G. Randy Keller, University of Oklahoma
    G. Randy Keller is a Professor of Geophysics and McCollough Chair at the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, University of Oklahoma. He has collaborated with Chaitanya Baru since the emergence of geoinformatics as an organized scientific initiative in the USA in the late 1990s, helping to lead and organize the US Geoinformatics initiative and communicate its potential to colleagues around the world both informally and through many appointments to advisory committees. He is also a Principal Investigator on the GEON (Geoscience Network) project that is a major effort funded by the National Science Foundation. Professor Keller's research has focused on applications specific to the geosciences.

    Chaitanya Baru, University of California, San Diego
    Chaitanya Baru is a Distinguished Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego. He has collaborated with G. Randy Keller since the emergence of geoinformatics as an organized scientific initiative in the USA in the late 1990s, helping to lead and organize the US Geoinformatics initiative and communicate its potential to colleagues around the world both informally and through many appointments to advisory committees. He is also a Principal Investigator on the GEON (Geoscience Network) project that is a major effort funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr Baru's work at the San Diego Supercomputer Center has involved cyberinfrastructure activities across a range of scientific subject areas.

    Contributors

    G. Randy Keller, Chaitanya Baru, Peter Fox, Deborah L. McGuinness, Sriram Krishnan, Ravi Madduri, Michael Gurnis, Walter Landry, Eh Tan, Luis Armendariz, Leif Strand, Michael Aivazis, Mian Liu, Youqing Yang, Qingsong Li, Gang Luo, Huai Zhang, James A. Boyden, R. Dietmar Müller, Trond H. Torsvik, James A. Clark, Mark Turner, Hamish Ivey-Law, Robin J. Watson, John S. Cannon, Amit Chourasia, Stuart Wier, Charles Meertens, Peter Sadler, Cinzia Cervato, Hassan Babaie, Ilya Zaslavsky, David Maidment, Robert Casey, Timothy Ahern, Raed Aldouri, Ilkay Altintas, Daniel Crawl, Christopher Crosby, J. Ramon Arrowsmith, Viswanath Nandigam, Ann Gates, Paulo Pinheiro da Silva, Leonardo Salayandia, Omar Ochoa, Aida Gandara, Nicholas Del Rio, Ian Jackson, Richard Hughes, Sierd Cloetingh, H. P. Bunge, Jens Klump, Joachim Wächter, Peter Löwe, Ralf Bill, Matthias Lendholt, K. V. Subbarao, Arun Agarwal, Rajeev Wankar, M. Lee Allison, Linda C. Gundersen, Stephen M. Richard, Ryan Clark, Wolfgang Grunberg

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