EC EarthCube: Deep Seafloor Processes and Dynamics
Community Workshop

June 5-7, 2013
University of Rhode Island
Graduate School of Oceanography
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Workshop Announcement


At the interface of Earth’s interior and its external/surface environment lies the deep seafloor environment. The seafloor serves as the primary conduit for mass and heat transfer between sub-seabed and ocean systems, which operate on vastly different time and mass scales. Dynamics at this interface drive global (bio)geochemical elemental cycles, control global ocean chemistry, shape the surface atmospheric and climate system, and define the Earth’s surface via tectonic processes. The seafloor-ocean interface also hosts some of the most diverse and extreme ecosystems in the biosphere, including deep-sea hydrothermal vents, cold seeps, mid-ocean ridges, deep-water coral ecosystems, ridge flanks, and plate margins, to name only a few. Research in deep seafloor processes spans a variety of disciplines as well - petrology, geology, geophysics, hydrogeology, aqueous geochemistry, micro- and macro-biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology - and the transformational science in deep seafloor systems occurs at the interface of these disciplines. True interdisciplinary research in deep seafloor dynamics requires mining and integration of large datasets from disparate disciplines and data integration and management are key components to the future success of interdisciplinary research in this field.


Scientists working in the deep seafloor environment comprise a model interdisciplinary end-user group that will benefit from the NSF EarthCube initiative. Integration of datasets generated by the deep seafloor research community could serve as a framework for analogous systems where integration of spatial and temporal cross-disciplinary data is crucial to the continued success of research efforts. The EarthCube End-User Domain Workshop for Deep Seafloor Processes and Dynamics will bring together the major stakeholders in the deep seafloor research community and cyberinfrastructure specialists to chart the data integration and management needs into the EarthCube domain. As part of previous efforts to increase the participation of early career scientists in deep seafloor research, applications from graduate students, post docs and assistant professors and other early career scientists are especially encouraged.

Workshop Goals

  • Engage scientists in the deep seafloor community into the EarthCube initiative so that this field is well-represented as this resource is developed.
  • Educate this group of scientists about the cyberinfrastructure possibilities so that they may be incorporated into current and future research avenues.
  • Engage early career scientists to shape the future of their field.
  • Workshop Documents

  • NSF EarthCube GEO Domain Workshops
  • Workshop Executive Summary Template
  • Report-out Note Template
  • Science Drivers Template
  • EarthCube Science Scenarios Template
  • Workshop Agenda

    Workshop Agenda is available here

    Preliminary Breakout Group Assignments

    Workshop Participation

    Please join our Online Earthcube End-User Group

    Participation is by application -- space and travel funds are limited. Virtual participation will also be available for participants who cannot join us in Rhode Island.

    Application Deadline: April 30, 2013

    Participant selections will be made in early May. We will work to accommodate as many people that space and travel funding can permit. Broad disciplinary representation as well as representation by all career stages (senior, mid, and early) are desired and will be considered in the selection process.

    Workshop Organizers/Hosts

  • Vicki Ferrini, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Karyn Rogers, Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • Annette DeSilva, ex officio member, UNOLS
  • Workshop Logistics & Contacts


    University of Rhode Island - Graduate School of Oceanography
    Narragansett Bay Campus
    Narragansett, RI

    Travel and Accommodations

    Directions, hotel & carpool information

    Contact Info

    Travel and Accommodation Information:
    Annette DeSilva, UNOLS: office AT

    Workshop Information:
    Karyn Rogers, Carnegie Institution: krogers AT or
    Vicki Ferrini, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: ferrini AT

    Workshop Report

    Executive Summary (PDF)

    Funding for this workshop has been provided by the National Science Foundation nsf