Welcome to Earth Science on Grid
This page presents an effort to bring together scientists in the area of Earth Science that are interested in Grid Computing. It has begun in the framework of the European 'Enabling Grids for E-sciencE' project.
Earth Science is an all-embracing term for the sciences related to the planet Earth. It deals with the structure and composition of the Earth, its origins, physical features, changing aspects, and all of its natural phenomena. The following fields of science are generally categorized within the geosciences:
- Geology describes the rocky parts of the Earth's crust (or lithosphere) and its historic development. Major subdisciplines are mineralogy and petrology, geochemistry, geomorphology, paleontology, stratigraphy, structural geology, engineering geology and sedimentology.
- Geophysics and Geodesy investigate the figure of the Earth, its reaction to forces and its magnetic and gravity fields. Geophysicists explore the Earth's core and mantle as well as the tectonic and seismic activity of the lithosphere.
- Soil science covers the outermost layer of the Earth's crust that is subject to soil formation processes (or pedosphere). Major subdisciplines include edaphology and pedology.
- Oceanography and hydrology (includes limnology) describe the marine and freshwater domains of the watery parts of the Earth (or hydrosphere). Major subdisciplines include hydrogeology and physical, chemical, and biological oceanography.
- Glaciology covers the icy parts of the Earth (or cryosphere).
- Atmospheric sciences cover the gaseous parts of the Earth (or atmosphere) between the surface and the exosphere (about 1000 km). Major subdisciplines are meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric physics.
- A very important linking sphere is the biosphere, the study of which is biology. The biosphere consists of all forms of life, from single-celled organisms to pine trees to people. The interactions of Earth's other spheres - lithosphere/geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and/or cryosphere and pedosphere - create the conditions that can support life.
European Grid Infrastructure (EGI)
The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) is one of the largest multi-disciplinary grid infrastructure in the world, providing reliable and scalable computing resources to the European and global research community. With more than 40 participating countries it currently provides more than 250.000 cpu cores and more than 100 Petabyte of storage. You can read more about EGU on it's official homepage http://www.egi.eu/