Seber, D., Steer, D., Sandvol, E., Sandvol, C., Brindisi,
C., and Barazangi, M.
Design and development of information systems for the geosciences: An application
to the Middle East
GeoArabia, 5(2), 269-296, 2000.
As our understanding grows of how the Earth
functions as a complex system of myriad interrelated mechanisms, it becomes clear
that a revolutionary and novel approach is needed to study and understand it.
In order to take advantage of an ever-growing number of observations and large
data sets and to employ them efficiently in multidisciplinary studies aimed at
solving earth system science problems, we are
developing a comprehensive Solid Earth Information System (SEIS). The complex
nature of the solid earth sciences raises serious challenges for geoscientists
in their quest to understand the nature and the dynamic mechanisms at work in
the planet. SEIS forms a first step in developing a broader and more comprehensive
information system for earth system sciences designed for the needs of the geoscientists
of the 21st century. In a way, SEIS is a step towards the Digital Earth. Application
of SEIS to the complex tectonics of the Middle East shows that information systems
are crucial in multidisciplinary research studies and open new avenues in research
efforts. SEIS includes an Internet module that provides open access to anyone
interested. Researchers as well as educators and students can access this knowledge
and information system at http://atlas.geo.cornell.edu.
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This paper was published in GeoArabia by Gulf Petrolink.
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Key Figures and Captions
Figure 17. Depth-to-Moho map in the Middle East.