Greenland natural science data workshop: An NSF-funded workshop to assess the current data ecosystem and map the path forward

Dates: October 5-6, 2022

Location: In person at the University of Colorado, Boulder, or Virtually

This workshop will bring together members of the Greenland-focused data and research community to share plans, discuss open opportunities, and chart the necessary developments in Greenland-focused data and tools to support the next decade of science in service to communities in Greenland and across the globe. Based on funding requirements, the workshop will focus primarily on gathering the U.S.-based research community. Limited funds are available, however, to support international participation. Applications are encouraged from those in natural sciences and also experts in adjacent fields interested to collaborate with and influence natural science work (e.g., community experts, social scientists, etc.

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Photo credit: John Cassano

Workshop Description, Goals, Activities

With the swift expansion of Greenland-focused research, the National Science Foundation and other funders have supported the development of key data, tools, and programs. As these projects mature, however, coordination and community discussion is required to ensure that projects are working together, that gaps in data, tools, and workflows are identified, and that there is a shared vision for future development that can support efficient and effective research across a broadening group of participants. The workshop will focus primarily on data, tools, and workflows necessary to improve organization and insight within the natural sciences and ensure this community is well-prepared to contribute within broader models of co-production and interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, or convergent research. We hope that the workshop is one activity within a larger continuum that should include data use, data sovereignty, and co-production discussions hosted in Greenland.

Workshop attendees will work together to:

  • Map the ecosystem of Greenland natural science data archives, tools, and workflows
  • Identify and prioritize gaps in the data and tool ecosystem
  • Brainstorm routes to close gaps in the data to insight system
  • Bring judgment and prioritization to identified routes

  • There are two levels of possible participation:

    Level 1: In Person

    The workshop will accommodate up to 40 in-person participants. Workshop activities will occur during 9am-5pm MT on both October 5 and 6. Lunch and morning/afternoon snacks are provided. Travel, accommodation, and other meals are not provided, but some financial assistance is available for travel and/or accommodation.

    In-person meeting times (both days):
    0900 – 1700 US Mountain Time

    Level 2: Virtual

    The workshop will accommodate a limited number of virtual participants. Virtual activities will occur during 9:30am-12pm MT on both October 5 and 6. Virtual participants are expected to attend the full program for both days. Zoom will be used as the primary virtual platform.

    Virtual meeting times (both days):
    0930 – 1200 US Mountain Time
    1330 – 1600 Nuuk
    1530 – 1800 UTC

    Preliminary Agenda

    Day 1 goals:
  • Map the ecosystem of Greenland natural science data archives, tools, and workflows
  • Identify and prioritize gaps in the data and tool ecosystem

  • Day 2 goals:
  • Brainstorm routes to close gaps in the data to insight system
  • Bring judgment and prioritization to identified routes

  • Organizing committee

  • Twila Moon, Deputy Lead Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder. Lead PI for the NSF-funded QGreenland project, member of the Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean Science (GRISO) Network Steering Committee, Convergence Research lead for the Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO). (Organizing Committee Chair)
  • Jason Briner, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Buffalo, Lead PI for the NSF-funded GHub project, member of the GRISO Paleo Working Group.
  • Claire Porter, Acting Co-Director, Polar Geospatial Center. Co-PI on the NSF-funded Polar Geospatial Center, Project Manager for the ArcticDEM and REMA initiatives.
  • Matthew Jones, Director of Informatics at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara, Lead PI for the NSF-funded Arctic Data Center, co-PI on the NSF NNA-funded Permafrost Discovery Gateway (PDG) project, and Director for the DataONE repository network.
  • Kenneth Mankoff, Senior Associate Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Cooperative for Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado Boulder; GRISO Data Working Group lead; QGreenland layer contributor.
  • Elizabeth Cassano, Senior Associate Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder. (Workshop Coordinator)


  • Please direct questions to Twila Moon (twila.moon@colorado.edu) and Liz Cassano (elizabeth.cassano@colorado.edu). Thank you!

    This workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation Award 2230428.