Geosciences Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2025 - 2028 by the Swiss Geosciences Community

Eugster, Werner and Baumgartner, Lukas P. and Bachmann, Olivier and Baltensperger, Urs and Dèzes, Pierre and Dubois, Nathalie and Foubert, Anneleen and Heitzler, Magnus and Henggeler, Katharina and Hetényi, György and Hurni, Lorenz and Müntener, Othmar and Nenes, Athanasios and Reymond, Caroline and Röösli, Claudia and Rothacher, Markus and Schaub, Marcus and Steinbacher, Martin and Vogel, Hendrik and Andres, Miriam and Anselmetti, Flavio and Asse, Daphné and Boivin, Pascal and Bonadonna, Costanza and Bouffard, Damien and Brockmann, Elmar and Burlando, Paolo and Caricchi, Luca and Chiaradia, Massimo and Farinotti, Daniel and Fierz, Charles and Gessler, Arthur and Giuliani, Gregory and Grand, Stéphanie and Grosjean, Martin and Guisan, Antoine and Hagedorn, Frank and Haslinger, Florian and Heiri, Oliver and Hermann, Jörg and Hernandez Almeida, Ivan and Hunkeler, Daniel and Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe and Iosifescu-Enescu, Ionuț and Jaccard, Samuel and Jäggi, Adrian and Kipfer, Rolf and Kouzmanov, Kalin and Leuenberger, Markus and Lever, Mark Alexander and Linde, Niklas and Lupi, Matteo and McKenzie, Judith Ann and Mestrot, Adrien and Moscariello, Andrea and Payne, Davnah and Quintal, Beatriz and Randin, Christophe and Reimann, Stefan and Rigling, Andreas and Schirmer, Mario and Tinner, Willy and Valley, Benoît and Walter, Fabian and Wicki, Fridolin and Wiemer, Stefan and Zajacz, Zoltán. (2021) Geosciences Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2025 - 2028 by the Swiss Geosciences Community. Swiss academies communications, 16 (4). pp. 1-55.

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This roadmap is the product of a grassroots effort by the Swiss Geosciences community. It is the first of its kind, outlining an integrated approach to research facilities for the Swiss Geosciences. It spans the planning period 2025-2028. Swiss Geoscience is by its nature leading or highly in-volved in research on many of the major national and global challenges facing society such as climate change and meteorological extreme events, environmental pol-lution, mass movements (land- and rock-slides), earth-quakes and seismic hazards, global volcanic hazards, and energy and other natural resources. It is essential to under- stand the fundamentals of the whole Earth system to pro-vide scientific guidelines to politicians, stakeholders and society for these pressing issues. Here, we strive to gain efficiency and synergies through an integrative approach to the Earth sciences. The research activities of indivi- dual branches in geosciences were merged under the roof of the 'Integrated Swiss Geosciences'. The goal is to facilitate multidisciplinary synergies and to bundle efforts for large research infrastructural (RI) requirements, which will re-sult in better use of resources by merging sectorial acti- vities under four pillars. These pillars represent the four key RIs to be developed in a synergistic way to improve our understanding of whole-system processes and me- chanisms governing the geospheres and the interactions among their components. At the same time, the roadmap provides for the required transition to an infrastructure adhering to FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data principles by 2028.The geosciences as a whole do not primarily profit from a single large-scale research infrastructure investment, but they see their highest scientific potential for ground-break-ing new findings in joining forces in establishing state-of-the-art RI by bringing together diverse expertise for the benefit of the entire geosciences community. Hence, the recommendation of the geoscientific community to policy makers is to establish an integrative RI to support the ne- cessary breadth of geosciences in their endeavor to ad-dress the Earth system across the breadth of both temporal and spatial scales. It is also imperative to include suffi-cient and adequately qualified personnel in all large RIs. This is best achieved by fostering centers of excellence in atmospheric, environmental, surface processes, and deep Earth projects, under the roof of the 'Integrated Swiss Geosciences'. This will provide support to Swiss geo-sciences to maintain their long standing and internatio- nally well-recognized tradition of observation, monitor-ing, modelling and understanding of geosciences process-es in mountainous environments such as the Alps and beyond.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Geowissenschaften > Geoökologie (Heiri)
UniBasel Contributors:Heiri, Oliver
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT)
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