The Roadmap concept and examples

A Roadmap for what?

The exercise and forthcoming meeting will aim to address four top level questions, taking account of what we have achieved and current and future priorities:

  • What do we think are the top science priorities in the Earth Sciences?
  • What is the expected impact of the Earth sciences research?
  • What infrastructure do we need to undertake research to address these priorities?
  • What is the added research value in Europe as a whole (International programmes, EU programmes and National programmes)?

Stakeholders that should benefit from this research are:

  • The national agencies, funders of ES research in Europe
  • The national and European governments representing the people of Europe
  • European and international industry; specifically: the raw materials and resources, insurance and environmental sectors.

Previous examples

This is not the first exercise of its kind and roadmaps for research programmes and infrastructure, reflecting the needs of different communities, regions and subject areas have been previously prepared. The reader is directed to the following initiatives and their outputs.

C21 Earth Sciences (2010)

A UK-centred forward look to the needs of the Earth Sciences community in the 21st century.

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS): A New View of the Universe: Big Science for the Big Society

RAS encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The big science for big society report sets out some of the ways in which astronomy has an impact on wider society.

UK Science and Technologies Facilities Council Solar System Advisory Panel (STFC-SSAP)

STFC-SSAP recently published its Roadmap for Solar System Research (July 2015) identifying three overarching themes which encompass the outstanding scientific questions to be addressed over the next two decades.

The International Ocean Discovery Program Science Plan for 2013-2023

Illuminating Earth's Past, Present and Future.

2016 Australian National Research Infrastructure Roadmap

The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy drives research excellence and collaboration between 35,000 researchers, government and industry to deliver practical outcomes. This will ensure Australian researchers can access world class major national research infrastructure.

US National Science Foundation Dynamic Earth: GEO Imperatives & Frontiers 2015–2020 (2014)

Input and feedback was sought and received from many sources including GEO program officers, professional society conferences, advisory committees, decadal surveys, town hall meetings, working group collaborations between AC GEO members and GEO staff, and the research community. NSF–level strategic goals, administration–level priorities and principles, and the perspectives of the four GEO divisions are also captured in this "living" document. The goal of this document is both to lay out a near–term plan for geosciences research supported by NSF and to highlight the importance and breadth of the scientific enterprise funded by GEO.

US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences (2011)

A national strategy to sustain basic research and training across all areas of the Earth sciences can help inform many of the most urgent societal issues that will face the planet in coming years. Issues including fossil fuel and water resources, earthquake and tsunami hazards, and profound environmental changes due to shifts in the climate system could all be informed by new research in the Earth sciences.

NSF Earthcube

The goal of The US National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative, EarthCube, is to transform the conduct of research by supporting the development of community-guided cyberinfrastructure to integrate data and information for knowledge management across the Geosciences. Earth System Model Coupling Roadmap.

Future Earth

Future Earth is a new 10-year international (ICSU: International Council for Science) research initiative that will develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades. Future Earth will mobilize thousands of scientists while strengthening partnerships with policy-makers and other stakeholders to provide sustainability options and solutions in the wake of Rio+20.