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CSDMS Groups

Working Groups


CSDMS currently has five Working Groups, which includes three environmental (or discipline) working groups and two integrative working groups, seven focus research groups and three initiatives. As of today, CSDMS is proud to have 2139 members from 75 different countries (see also member distribution per country, or find out on a map 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.

  1. Terrestrial Working Group (Co-Chairs, Nicole Gasparini and Leslie Hsu), 1067 members, weathering, hillslope, fluvial, glacial, aeolian, lacustrial
  2. Coastal Working Group (Co-Chairs, Andrew Ashton and Talea Mayo), 801 members, delta, estuary, bays and lagoons, nearshore
  3. Marine Working Group (Co-Chairs, Mike Steckler and Julia Moriarty), 488 members, shelf, carbonate, slope, deep marine
  4. Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Working Group (Chair, Kevin Xu), 359 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 (Co-Chairs, Olaf David and Scott Peckham), 308 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, 830 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. (Chair, Venkat Lakshmi)
  2. Carbonates and Biogenics Focus Research Group, 160 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, 120 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, 334 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, 193 members, is originated to develop compatibility between CSDMS architecture & protocols and developed models & data produced by the co-sponsors Critical Zone Observatory and International Soil Modeling Consortium (Co-Chairs, Lejo Flores and Michael Young)
  6. Human Dimensions Focus Research Group, 191 members. Represents the Human Dimensions community and is co-sponsored by the AIMS and CoMSES NET.(Co-Chairs, Moira Zellner and Derek Robinson)
  7. Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group, 222 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 four 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 initiative, 240 members represent the Coastal Vulnerability modeling community. This initiative deals with aspects of coastal vulnerability with emphasis on deltas and their multiple threats and stresses. (Co-Chairs, Andrew Ashton and Talea Mayo)
  2. Continental Margin Initiative, 126 members represent 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)
  3. AI&ML initiative, 140 members represent the Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning community. The goal of this initiative is to promote and support the uptake of artificial intelligence &machine learning for the surface model community. (Initiative leads: Chris Jenkins, Jeff Obelcz)
  4. Exploring interoperability of open modeling platforms Initiative, 84 members represent the open modeling platform interoperability community. The goal of this initiative is to investigate possibilities to make earth surface models that operate on a platform interoperable for other platforms. (Initiative leads: Min Chen, Albert Kettner)
  1. River Network Modeling Initiative, 108 members represent the community around the development and applications of modeling tools for river channel evolution, including sediment supply and transport. The initiative supports applications in basic and applied research and on timescales of <1 year to geologic timescales. (Initiative Chairs: Allison Pfeiffer and Katy Barnhart)