Careful site selection is critical in order to maximize scientific benefit from large, geographically dispersed instrumentation networks. While scientific goals drive the planning process, the practical realities of land-use permitting force compromises during the process of building a network. Changes in the past few years, including strict enforcement of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and increased federal, state, and municipal regulations, make gaining land-use permits for large science projects increasingly difficult, requiring greater willingness to compromise between scientific goals and permit reality.

EarthScope is a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative designed to explore the structure and evolution of the...

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