The SIAM Activity Group on GeoSciences organized a Forward Looking Workshop, which convened in Crystal City, Washington, D.C. on Sept. 16-17, 2011. The workshop, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, discussed research and methodological challenges that occur at the frontier of geosciences and mathematical and computational research. Workshop participants put forth ways in which these challenges could be overcome, by presenting models and discussing opportunities for successful collaborations that could be supported by interdisciplinary National Science Foundation (NSF) programs, similar to previous initiatives such as the program on Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences (CMG). Workshop participants and organizers interacted with NSF officers to discuss current initiatives in the mathematical geosciences as well as the many scientific, organizational, and educational challenges facing the field.
Please see the full report from the workshop here: Forward Looking Workshop White Paper
You can also access a wiki with the paper and other materials from the workshop.