Skip to main content

Basic Research Opportunities in Earth Science

View Cover

Purchase Options
Purchase Options MyNAP members save 10% online. Login or Register



Basic Research Opportunities in Earth Science identifies areas of high-priority research within the purview of the Earth Science Division of the National Science Foundation, assesses cross-disciplinary connections, and discusses the linkages between basic research and societal needs. Opportunities in Earth science have been opened up by major improvements in techniques for reading the geological record of terrestrial change, capabilities for observing active processes in the present-day Earth, and computational technologies for realistic simulations of dynamic geosystems. This book examines six specific areas in which the opportunities for basic research are especially compelling, including integrative studies of the near-surface environment (the “Critical Zone”); geobiology; Earth and planetary materials; investigations of the continents; studies of Earth’s deep interior; and planetary science. It concludes with a discussion of mechanisms for exploiting these research opportunities, including EarthScope, natural laboratories, and partnerships.


Suggested Citation

National Research Council. 2001. Basic Research Opportunities in Earth Science. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Import this citation to:

Publication Info

168 pages |6 x 9
  • Paperback: 978-0-309-07133-8
  • Ebook: 978-0-309-17150-2

Table of Contents

skim chapter
Front Matter i-xiv
Executive Summary 1-10
1. Basic Earth Science and Society 11-34
2. Science Opportunities 35-88
3. Findings and Recommendations 89-124
Appendix A: Earth Science Programs 125-146
Appendix B: Community Input 147-152
Acronyms 153-154

Copyright Information

The National Academies Press and the Transportation Research Board have partnered with Copyright Clearance Center to offer a variety of options for reusing our content. You may request permission to:

  • Republish or display in another publication, presentation, or other media
  • Use in print or electronic course materials and dissertations
  • Share electronically via secure intranet or extranet
  • And more

For most Academic and Educational uses no royalties will be charged although you are required to obtain a license and comply with the license terms and conditions.

Click here to obtain permission forBasic Research Opportunities in Earth Science.

Translation and Other Rights

For information on how to request permission to translate our work and for any other rights related query please click here. Customer Service

For questions about using the service, please contact:

Copyright Clearance Center
22 Rosewood Drive
Danvers, MA 01923
Tel (toll free): 855/239-3415 (select option 1)

Loading stats for Basic Research Opportunities in Earth Science...