The Swiss Geosciences Community presents its Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2025–2028
4 July 2021
The Swiss Geosciences Community completed its Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2025–2028. It recommends strengthening the multidisciplinary nature of the geosciences by putting all activities under the roof of the Integrated Swiss Geosciences. They will be supported by four specific research infrastructure pillars (Figure 1) that provide the basis for a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary integrated and harmonized geoscientific research environment.
Pillar I, Integrated Long-term Observatory (Geo-OBSERVE) integrates the unique long-term observation efforts that make Switzerland one of the most data rich areas on Earth. Pillar II consists of a multi-faceted, Mobile Infrastructure which can be deployed for temporary Monitoring (Geo-MOBILE). Pillar III, Geo-TIME facilities (Geo-TIME) consists of a distributed network of state-of-the-art Swiss facilities to determine timescales and rates of geoscientific events. The final Pillar IV, Data Infrastructure for the Geosciences (Geo-DATA) is designed to provide a large-scale open data and analytics facility for linked geodata, as well as storage facility for unique physical samples.
These infrastructures are conceived as distributed or centralized infrastructures to foster a strong collaborative national geoscientific community, attractive for international links with related networks such as eLTER.
This roadmap is the product of a grassroots effort by the Swiss Geosciences community. The working groups recognized the urgent need to develop a holistic approach for geosciences, which allows capturing and providing an improved understanding of large-scale processes that shaped the past and will shape the future of Planet Earth.
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