The traditional methods used to solve Earth’s environmental issues have not been entirely successful in addressing many 21st century problems. These complex issues require the application of vast amounts of data, information and knowledge in order to be fully understood and addressed. No single group has all of the data, tools or capabilities; these problems can be solved only by bringing diverse communities together to have a collective impact. The infrastructure to support the technical requirements needed for this approach must continue to evolve from a traditional, stove-piped, single function system approach toward a dynamic, service oriented system that builds on existing components.

In 2001, FES was formed to play this vital coordination role for the Earth science data and technology community. FES houses expertise that fosters the development of a research community able to cut across traditional discipline boundaries and address system-wide problems central to the access and use of Earth science data and information.

We use collective impact to facilitate partnerships, strengthen collaborations and promote innovation across Earth science research, data and technical communities. This approach drives the field of Earth science forward by encouraging and inspiring individuals and organizations to work together to find and adopt new solutions to pressing issues in Earth, environmental and data science. When institutions and scientists to take advantage of our centralized infrastructure, dedicated staff and structured processes, they’re able to focus on their research and work more effectively and efficiently.

FES enables scientists and institutions to accomplish goals and solve complex problems in Earth science by:

Helping the Earth science data and technology communities innovate and grow

Identifying new ways to support the research done by Earth scientists and institutions

Enabling research groups to actively coordinate their actions and share lessons learned

We support numerous large science communities and projects with a suite of infrastructure services, which include professional staff support, strategic planning, meeting planning, fundraising, grant and financial management services. Members of the communities with which we work range from graduate students to senior-level scientists at institutions such as the NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data observation centers, as well as government research laboratories, research universities, nonprofits and commercial enterprises. These represent a variety of scientific domains that include land, atmosphere, ocean, solid earth, ecology, data and social sciences.

By linking Earth scientists and data practitioners, we build strong networks, extending the reach of and strengthening the impact of science funded by government agencies, while connecting scientists around the world.

Learn more about the services we offer, our current projects and impact.