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USGS Job Opportunity, Ridgecrest Airborne LiDAR Data, Fellowships, IRIS/UNAVCO Naming Contest, and More!

Date: 06/17/2020

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

1. All Ridgecrest airborne lidar is now available
2. The Recruitment of Young Research Fellow or Researcher at JAMSTEC
3. Reminder - new position in the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Office
4. First Plenary Surface Topography and Vegetation (STV) Workshop - SAVE THE DATE: 7/9/2020
5. UNAVCO and IRIS Non-profit naming contest


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1. All Ridgecrest airborne lidar is now available:

Dear SCEC Colleagues;

We are pleased to announce the release of an updated 2019 lidar dataset, collected by the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) and funded by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF EAR-1945781 & EAR-1945754), covering 784 square kilometers of the region impacted by the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake sequence in southern California. This new release adds data over Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, and now covers the main surface fault ruptures of both the M 6.4 and M 7.1 Ridgecrest earthquake sequence. In addition, all data have now been classified by NCALM, meaning that points are now identified as either having hit the ground or vegetation, etc.

Here is the link to the announcement, including slider images and a sample KMZ file:

Updated release of Ridgecrest earthquake sequence airborne lidar data

Get the data:

Ridgecrest foreshock (M 6.4) & mainshock (M 7.1) surface fault rupture areas

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like a reprint of our team's SRL paper.*

Many thanks to all co-authors and everyone else involved in making this possible.

2. The Recruitment of Young Research Fellow or Researcher at JAMSTEC:

This is Masayasu Uchiyama, manager of Human Resources Section at JAMSTEC.

I am happy to announce the recruitment of Young Research Fellow or Researcher at JAMSTEC.
I would appreciate it if you could share this recruitment information with appropriate sections within your institute.

・JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow 2021

Closing date: July 28, 2020, 13:00 p.m. JAPAN TIME/JST
For further information, please visit our website:
Please submit the application through the following website:

JAMSTEC Young Research Fellow Recruiting Team

3. Reminder - new position in the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Office:

With apologies for cross and repeat postings, we'd like to remind everyone of a position opening in the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Office. The previous deadline has been extended until June 19th. Please don't hesitate to contact Gavin Hayes if you have questions about the position.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Natural Hazards Mission Area is seeking to fill a Geophysicist position in the Program Office for the Earthquake Hazards Program (EHP). The position will primarily be focused on the strategic direction and budgeting priorities of the EHP and the Global Seismographic Network (GSN) and Geomagnetism Programs. Both the EHP and GSN are the USGS contributions to the four-agency National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). The USGS Geomagnetism Program is the USGS contribution to the multi-agency National Space Weather Program. These programs support work at regionally-managed USGS science centers, as well as by university and state partners. This position will also provide support for the Advanced National Seismic System, which is a cooperative effort to collect and analyze seismic and geodetic data on earthquakes, issue timely and reliable notifications of their occurrence and impacts, and provide data for earthquake research and the hazard and risk assessments that are the foundation for creating an earthquake-resilient nation.

A description of the position and details on how to apply can be found on USAJOBS. Applications will be accepted until June 19. There are two separate announcements, one open to current and former Federal employees and the other open to all U.S. citizens. The GS-14 position will be filled in either Golden, CO, or Reston, VA.

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Dora Brooks (dbrooks@usgs.gov). If you have questions about the duties, please contact Gavin Hayes (ghayes@usgs.gov).

4. First Plenary Surface Topography and Vegetation (STV) Workshop - SAVE THE DATE: 7/9/2020:

First Plenary Surface Topography and Vegetation (STV) Workshop
Thursday, July 9, 8 am - 1 pm PT/11 am - 4 pm ET

The NASA Surface Topography and Vegetation (STV) Incubation Study will hold its first community workshop on Thursday July 9, 2020. The STV incubation study is being conducted by an STV team at the request of NASA in response to recommendations made in the 2017-2027 Earth Science Decadal Survey. This first virtual workshop in an ongoing series will introduce the STV Team and study to members of the relevant science and applications communities, and begin to collect their input.
An email will be distributed soon with a workshop registration link and survey of interests.

The Decadal Survey recommended high-resolution global topography, including bare surface land topography, ice topography, vegetation structure, and shallow water bathymetry as a Targeted Observable (TO). Targeted observables address key priorities within and across disciplinary lines for a set of science objectives related to a common aspect of the Earth system. The survey identified STV as an Incubation Observable and called for assessment of next-generation measurement approaches that could be ready for spaceborne implementation in 10+ years. The survey recommends focused and sustained attention by NASA to the Incubation Observables to establish the associated prospective scientific and other user communities, and to make progress towards maturing both measurement capabilities and implementation concepts within this decade.
In late 2019 NASA established an STV Incubation Study Team. The objective of the incubation study team is to identify science and applications priorities, gaps in the specification of requirements and in technology capabilities needed to meet those priorities, and methods and activities to fill those gaps. The study team will develop a white paper for delivery to NASA outlining potential future methods and activity areas, such as modeling, Observing System Simulations Experiments (OSSEs), field campaigns, data analysis and evaluation of a range of potential observing system architectures utilizing emerging sensor, platform and information technologies, and activities to advance those technologies to the point where they could support future space-based STV observations. The team will produce a preliminary Science and Applications Traceability Matrix (SATM) that includes relevant societal or science questions, Earth science and application objectives, geophysical observables, product requirements and draft concepts of associated measurement approaches. The white paper and preliminary SATM will be used by NASA Headquarters to help inform future solicitations to advance STV.
The team will solicit input from the broader community through online questionnaires and a series of virtual workshops. The first plenary workshop will be held Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 8 am - 1 pm PT/11 am - 4 PM ET. At this first workshop the team will introduce the STV study and progress to date. There will be time for input, questions, and clarification. Subsequent workshops will be discipline specific. Additional plenary meetings will allow the community to provide input to the STV SATM and white paper.

Additional information about the study is available at

The decadal survey can be found here:

5. UNAVCO and IRIS Non-profit naming contest:

Dear UNAVCO and IRIS community,

IRIS and UNAVCO are working towards merging to become a new entity. What should this new, combined non-profit be named? We need your suggestions! Provide us with your best, most inspired names and taglines. The strongest candidates will be shared with the UNAVCO and IRIS staff, who will vote for their favorites. The top 3 choices will be sent to the Boards of Directors for both organizations to select the winner. The person who submits the winning entry will receive a joint goodie bag from IRIS and UNAVCO, and a $150 gift certificate. (Any mentions of UNAVRIS, IRAVCO, or Shaky McShakeface will receive demerits ;).


Deadline for submissions is July 15, 11:59 PDT.

Winners will be announced in August.

We look forward to seeing your ideas!


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