Comprehensive understanding of the earth processes requires integrating information and knowledge across earth science domains, including hydrology, geomorphology, atmospheric sciences, studies of soil and vegetation, geochemistry and geophysics. CZOData is the cyberinfrastructure (CI) supporting integrated analysis and modeling in the critical zone across observatory sites and earth science disciplines. As such, its vision is similar to the vision of EarthCube. We believe that its design ideas and challenges are relevant to EarthCube, in particular the focus on efficient data and knowledge integration across earth science domains to understand, model and eventually manage earth processes. This white paper emphasizes key requirements and design principles of CZOData as an EarthCube prototype.
Zaslavsky, I., M. Williams, A. Aufdenkampe, K. Lehnert, E. Mayorga, J. Horsburgh (2012): Data Infrastructure for the Critical Zone Observatories CZOData: an EarthCube Design Prototype. EarthCube white paper.
This Paper/Book acknowledges NSF CZO grant support.