CSDMS groups

CSDMS Groups

Working Groups

CSDMS currently has five Working Groups, which includes three environmental (or discipline) working groups, two integrative working groups, seven focus research groups and two initiatives. CSDMS has as of today 1559 members, and as of June, 2016, membership came from 132 U.S. universities, 25 U.S. Federal Labs, 29 U.S. corporations, 334 foreign research institutions (223 academic, 32 private, 79 government) from more than 62 different countries, (see also member distribution per country). See this map to find out where all CSDMS members are located. Working groups typically meet once per year, coordinating much of their activity via remote communication systems. Chairs of the Working Groups form the Executive Committee of CSDMS.

Learn more about the charge of the working groups (PDF file).

  1. Terrestrial Working Group (Chair, Nicole Gasparini), 739 members, weathering, hillslope, fluvial, glacial, aeolian, lacustrial
  2. Coastal Working Group (Chair, Brad Murray), 577 members, delta, estuary, bays and lagoons, nearshore
  3. Marine Working Group (Chair, Courtney Harris), 365 members, shelf, carbonate, slope, deep marine
  4. Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Working Group (Chair, Wei Luo), 238 members, targeting researchers with model & visualization tools; planners with decision-making tools; and educators with pre-packaged models to help illustrate surface processes, tools to build intuition.
  5. Cyberinformatics and Numerics Working Group (Chair, Tian-Jian (Tom) Hsu; Vice-chair, Scott Peckham), 221 members includes technical computational aspects of the CSDMS, ensures that the modeling system properly functions and is accessible to users; software protocols are maintained, along with model standardization and visualization; works with our cyberinformatic partners.

Focus Research Groups

CSDMS currently has seven Focus Research Groups or FRGs. FRGs differ from Working Groups in that they serve a unique subset of our surface dynamics community, and usually represent a well-developed community. FRGs are often co-sponsored by another organization. FRGs are similarly supported by the CSDMS Integration Facility as Working Groups, including access to CSDMS High Performance Computers. FRG's typically meet once per year, coordinating much of their activity via remote communication systems. Chairs of FRGs report directly to the CSDMS Executive Director, and often to the Chair or Director of the co-sponsoring organization.

  1. Hydrology Focus Research Group, 587 members, represents the hydrological modeling community, and is being co-sponsored by CUAHSI. This FRG deals with aspects of the hydrological system that impact earth-surface dynamics. (Co-Chairs, Venkat Lakshmi and Mary Hill)
  2. Carbonates and Biogenics Focus Research Group, 107 members, is the outgrowth of the recent NSF effort to coordinate the Carbonates and Biogenics modeling community and their development of a numerical Carbonates and Biogenics workbench (Co-Chairs, Peter Burgess and Chris Jenkins)
  3. Chesapeake Focus Research Group, 77 members, is our first 'geographically-focused' effort representing and co-sponsored by the Chesapeake Community Modeling Program, with their unique collection of models and field data set (Chair, Raleigh Hood)
  4. Geodynamics Focus Research Group, 149 members. represents the geodynamic modeling community, and is being co-sponsored by GeoPRISMS. This FRG deals with aspects of the geodynamic system that impact earth-surface. (Co-Chairs, Phaedra Upton and Mark Behn)
  5. Critical Zone Focus Research Group, 94 members, is originated to develop compatibility between CSDMS architecture & protocols and developed models & data produced by the co-sponsor Critical Zone Observatory (Chair, Lejo Flores)
  6. Human Dimensions Focus Research Group, 99 members. Represents the Human Dimensions community and is co-sponsored by the AIMS and CoMSES NET.(Co-Chairs, Moira Zellner and Mark Rounsevell)
  7. Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group, 78 members. Represents the Ecosystem Dynamics community and is co-sponsored by the International Society for Ecological Modeling. (Co-Chairs, Brian Fath and Kim de Mutsert)


CSDMS hosts two initiatives to advance earth-surface process modeling across disciplines. The Initiatives will connect researchers, and supports focused research on pressing scientific questions proposed by our research community and involve partnerships with scientists in the fields of ecology, global sustainability, coastal vulnerability and continental margin dynamics.

  1. Coastal Vulnerability, 107 members, represents the Coastal Vulnerability modeling community. This initiative deals with aspects of coastal vulnerability with emphasis on deltas and their multiple threats and stresses. (Chair, Brad Murray)
  2. Continental Margin Initiative, 58 members,represents the Continental Margin modeling community. The goal of this initiative is to model extreme oceanic and atmospheric events on generating turbidity currents in the Gulf of Mexico. (Chair, Courtney Harris)

Groups Area

The links below will guide you to the different group web sites. Each community has its own web site set up, such to pursue their goals the best.

Chair Working Groups (WG) / Focus Research Groups (FRG) Members
Nicole Gasparini Terrestrial WG 739 Members
Brad Murray Coastal WG 577 Members
Courtney Harris Marine WG 365 Members
Wei Luo Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) WG 238 Members
Tian-Jian (Tom) Hsu Cyberinformatics and Numerics WG 221 Members
Venkat Lakshmi Hydrology FRG 587 Members
Peter Burgess and Chris Jenkins Carbonates and Biogenics FRG 107 Members
Raleigh Hood Chesapeake FRG 77 Members
Phaedra Upton and Mark Behn Geodynamics FRG 149 Members
Lejo Flores Critical Zone FRG 94 Members
Moira Zellner and Mark Rounsevell Human Dimensions FRG 99 Members
Brian Fath and Kim de Mutsert Ecosystem Dynamics FRG 78 Members
Brad Murray Coastal Vulnerability Initiative 107 Members
Courtney Harris Continental Margin Initiative 58 Members
All members of CSDMS