CSDMS plans on strong and fully integrated Education and Knowledge Transfer components. CSDMS EKT (currently 340 members) will focus its knowledge transfer efforts on three CSDMS end-user groups: researchers, planners, and educators. CSDMS will target:
- Researchers with model and visualization tools for the testing of hypotheses in support of data interpretation, and development of field programs. The archiving of benchmark data sets, documented source code, and the ability to download models with user-friendly graphical interfaces are key components of the Center's knowledge transfer objective.
- Planners with decision-making tools to run scenarios, and relate GIS output to environmental factors and land use while quantifying uncertainties.
- Educators with pre-packaged models to help illustrate surface processes, tools to build intuition with “what-if”-type model runs, case studies that integrate field data and model simulations, and exploratory exercises for students.
Our principal education audiences are university students, especially undergraduates, faculty and teachers at the secondary school and college levels. CSDMS closely coordinates EKT activities with the EKT programs at the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED), a funded NSF Science and Technology Center devoted to developing a predictive, quantitative understanding of the processes that shape the Earth's Surface.
Where the 340 Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Working Group members are located