Esri at the 4D Workshop: Deep-time Data Driven Discovery and the Evolution of Earth

05-28-2018 07:32 PM
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Esri Chief Scientist Dawn Wright  is an invited speaker for the 4D Workshop: Deep-time Data Driven Discovery and the Evolution of Earth


The 4-D Workshop will be convened June 4-6, 2018 in Washington DC with sponsorship by NASA, the USGS, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Keck Foundation, the Earth Life Science Institute (Japan), the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Templeton Foundation, and others. 


The Senior Advisory Council for the event includes the current President of the National Academy of Sciences (Marcia McNutt), the former president of the National Science Foundation (Rita Colwell), the former corporate vice president of Microsoft (Tony Hey), Chief Data Officer of NOAA Ed Kearns, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography Margaret Leinen, Executive Director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Christine McEntee, Executive Director of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Erin Robinson.


The objective of the event is to “explore ways to advance our understanding of Earth’s complex co-evolving geosphere and biosphere through the collection, analysis, and visualization of large and growing data resources. It is a prelude to a potential long-term program to invent, modify, and apply emerging methods of data analysis and visualization to elucidate our planet’s past, present, and future. Earth’s evolution has been an intertwined succession of increasingly complex physical, chemical, and biological events. Therefore, 4D’s organizing principal is an integrated approach that will enable humankind to achieve a comprehensive picture of the co-evolution of life and rocks, while collaborating with research teams around the world.”


The workshop results will tie into the Keck- and Sloan-supported Deep-Time Data Infrastructure: ( 


Dawn Wright has been asked to speak at the first plenary session on the second day of the event, on "Artificial intelligence and machine learning for Earth surface data and conservation priorities" (with thanks to Omar Maher, David Gadsden, and Nathan Shephard for materials). She has also been asked to participate in and possibly chair breakout sessions, will be presenting a poster on Esri’s phase 2 of the  Ecological Marine Units, and may be contributing content to the Workshop's White Paper.

About the Author
Dawn was appointed Chief Scientist of Esri in October 2011 after 17 years as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. As Esri Chief Scientist, she reports directly to Esri CEO Jack Dangermond with a mission to strengthen the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while representing Esri to the national and international scientific community. Dawn maintains an affiliated faculty appointment as Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State. Follow her on Twitter @deepseadawn. More info. also at and