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Press Release 09-196

National Science Foundation Advisory Committee Offers New Vision for the Geosciences

Releases report: "GEO Vision: Unraveling Earth's Complexities through the Geosciences"

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Cover of the NSF's Advisory Committee for Geosciences GEO Vision report.

NSF's Advisory Committee for Geosciences has released a new report: GEO Vision.

Credit: NSF Advisory Committee for Geosciences


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Map of Earth's global electrical conductivity.

Geoscientists recently mapped Earth's global electrical conductivity in 3-D for the first time.

Credit: Anna Kelbert


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Illustration showing the  interactions between the Sun and the Earth.

Newly uncovered interactions between the Sun and the Earth affect our climate.

Credit: UCAR


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Photo of researcher viewing snow-capped mountains.

Increased desert dust blowing in the wind is altering mountain ecosystems.

Credit: Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies


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Photo of geoscientists using Doppler-on-Wheels to study tornado formation.

Geoscientists are using instruments like the Doppler-on-Wheels to study tornado formation.

Credit: Josh Wurman, CSWR


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Photo of ancient fossil leaves.

Ancient fossil leaves tell a story of sudden loss of biodiversity that may have current parallels.

Credit: John Weinstein, The Field Museum


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An aerial view of Long Island shows its low-lying shores, vulnerable to rising sea-levels.

An aerial view of Long Island shows its low-lying shores, vulnerable to rising sea-levels.

Credit: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


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Photo of glacier in background and ice-free areas in foreground.

The history of glaciers in Peru and around the world is under study by geoscientists.

Credit: Joe Licciardi


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Photo of the hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus and the mother ship.

The hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus may be tethered or untethered to a mother ship.

Credit: WHOI


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Photo of diver surrounded by jellyfish.

Jellyfish and other small sea creatures drive large-scale mixing in the oceans.

Credit: John Dabiri, Caltech


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Artist's rendering showing the solar wind as it streaks by Earth.

This artist's rendering shows the solar wind as it streaks by Earth.

Credit: NASA


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The locations of the new Ocean Observatories Initiative are shown in this graphic.

The locations of the new Ocean Observatories Initiative are shown in this graphic.

Credit: Center for Environmental Visualization, University of Washington


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Map showing seismic stations across the continent.

NSF EarthScope scientists have installed seismic stations across the continent.

Credit: EarthScope


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