From the subatomic to the planetary, from milliseconds to millennia, and from the origin of the Earth to the present day, the breadth and scale of Earth sciences is immense. The Earth sciences study the processes that support and affect life on the planet, resulting in direct societal, economic, security, and environmental impacts. By incorporating interdisciplinary approaches, Earth sciences better equip us to understand our planet and to address the challenges facing its inhabitants.
The Catalyzing Opportunities for Research in the Earth Sciences (CORES) study will provide advice that can be used by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to set priorities and strategies for investments in Earth science research, infrastructure, and training over the coming decade. The study, sponsored by NSF’s Division on Earth Sciences, will be carried out by a committee of volunteer experts under the direction of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.