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Yes. All the physical processes on other planets are relevant to understanding our Earth. In fact, people who study the early Earth often interact significantly with people who study these processes on other planets. Also, planetary scientists, in general, interact more with geoscientists than they do with astrophysicists. A good dividing line for planetary ...


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I feel strongly that programming-related questions should be on topic here. For many geoscience programming questions, this is the only SE site where one could reasonably expect to get a good answer. Much Earth Science software has little or no direct connection with GIS (or with other neighbouring topics like physics or chemistry). A question about plotting ...


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Yes they are on topic and I think they are great for the site. Questions like these will increase the usefulness of the site and attract more technical users. The scientific community has many list-serves and other sources for Q/A on these types of questions. However, in my experience, the content is often only available to list-serve members and not ...


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I think that is a good idea. GIS of course has its own stackexchange site, but depending on the question, a GIS question could also be asked here. I would even allow very earth-science specific programming questions here, rather than on stackexchange proper. But it all depends on the question.


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I think ecology as such is not really Earth Science, and fits better on the Biology stack exchange. However, the biosphere certainly has an important role for the Earth. So I would say that if it is about interaction between the biosphere and other parts of the Earth system, it is on-topic. But if it is about ecological niches of species in an ecosystem, ...


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Having posted the impassioned wall of text that I just did (sorry!), I figured I should also answer the question that was asked: I think that when mature this should be an expert site that also welcomes more basic questions. I would favour going for a similar strapline to the maths or the biology one, something like "For earth scientists, people studying ...


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I think the rule of thumb will be the answer to the question: Do you think someone knowledgeable in Fortran but not in atmospheric sciences is more likely to help you than someone knowledgeable in atmospheric science but not in Fortran? It all depends on the actual or putative issue with the code: If the issue is with the algorithm then it is language-...


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Earth Science focuses on scientific questions: What effects does deforestation of the Amazon have on regional precipitation patterns? What greenhouse gases are emitted by hydro-power lakes in midlatitude mountain regions? How has replacing CFCs with FCFCs impacted stratospheric chemistry? Sustainable Living focuses more on technology and personal choices. ...


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Yes. Broadly, I'd argue that there is no science apart from guidance on the practice of it. Thus questions regarding the practice of the science (including standards for how data is exchanged) are on topic. Personally, I'm a software developer, not a scientist. I hope that I can participate in the site where software applied to earth science is concerned....


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The nature of earth sciences is interdisciplinary, and, perhaps because many mathematical conventions are repeated through the Earth sciences this would indeed be the best place to get those questions answered. What is important is to provide both the question and answer in an Earth Science context, there is a difference, for example to the following ...


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(This is just the first flash of ideas I have on that. A discussion should probably follow, and I'm 100% open to it.) In my opinion, it is off-topic, since it is not in scope of any earth scientists to be able to discuss the CO2 trace of combustion vs hybrid vs purely electrical cars. We can discuss how much the emissions from car traffic influence the ...


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Have the question standards for Earth Science Stack Exchange reduced since inception? To some extent, yes, they have. That appears to be the natural progression on the SE network. SE sites appear to start their life with random questions, then progress to questions that are good and beyond, but then stagnate. All of the good questions that don't require a ...


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As long as questions with an agricultural element concern themselves with the earth sciences aspects of agriculture such as, but not limited to: soil science; meteorology, ground water; land use and its impact on the environment, whether it be local or more widespread, then such questions would be on topic. However, when questions about agriculture are more ...


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I think that for those questions, you will get better answers if you ask them on Sustainable Living Stack Exchange.


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As an actual planetary scientist here, I would say planetary science has always had this multilemma. Some of it is related to observational astronomy, some to space exploration, some to astrophysics, some to physical chemistry... but, in my opinion, the most interesting stuff is adapted geophysics, geochemistry, geology, and atmospheric science (and even ...


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My opinion: 1) Could be at either site. 2) Should be here. Natural crystallization should be here. Artificial crystallization at chemistry. 3) Should be here. Beause it is natural crystallization. A rough guidline: Natural compounds and minerals should be on this page. Also question how to measure them, classify them, ... Artificial compounds at chemistry....


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I think we should allow Homework questions as long as: There is clear attempt at a solution beforehand by the asker. Answers are given in a responsible way (IE showing instead of doing). Both are harder in practice.


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I think the question could be edited so that an answer could give an overview of the topic combined with references.


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I suggest adopting the physics.SE policy on homework as it is written, and not attempt to revise or relax it for earth science. They have expended a lot of effort on it. It is not a blanket ban on homework questions, but it discourages them.


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While I am with Michael in terms of questions that can be better answered elsewhere being considered off-topic here (SO/ServerFault or SO/Programmers analogy), I would love to see questions and answers about field research logistics and instruments, for example: How many instruments X can I fit on board of ship Y? What is the optimal flight trajectory for ...


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Remote sensing applications to earth or planetary sciences is on-topic.


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Part of the issue is you are asking many questions. From your post I see: 1) Has planetary science contributed in any substantial way to Earth science? 2) Is it expected to do so as planetary exploration develops in the next few decades? 3) Do climate scientists know about the atmospheres of Mars and Venus and Titan and the gas giants? 4) ...


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Yes there's the subjective side of it - and lets face it, at least half of my answer is opinion. Speaking generally about "software type questions", I think it depends very much on context. For example GIS questions would be on topic if the application is in the spheres of geology, meteorology, oceanography, or physical geography. Business applications (my ...


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If you want any quality to the site, you definitely want to have mostly experts, not just for the questions and answers, but primarily for voting. I just saw that cool video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpGA2fmAHvM where Joel says the interface to SE should be Google. By which he means SE collects the good questions with the correct answer and acts as ...


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Some why questions are acceptable. For example, Why is the Earth an oblate spheroid? Why does the Earth have an iron-nickel core? These questions aren't asking the purpose of an oblate spheroid shape or of an iron-nickel core. "Why" in these contexts is just shorthand for a "what" kind of question, but where the "what" requires a lot more words: What ...


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I too would say astronomy. Or maybe physics (under the guise of astrophysics). Let those two duke it out.


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Yes, It is on topic. This subject is covered every year at the American Geophysical Union(http://sites.agu.org/). I would say that if this question is outside the scope of this website, then, planetary science as a whole is off topic. If we were to break this question into a simpler, general term, it could be: Are there Earth like events on other planets?


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IMHO, yes. Some questions might get better answers over on Physics.SE, but so long as they are relevant to the situation on Earth I think they're on topic.


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Questions about the physics of the Shumann resonance should be on topic. At the upper levels of our atmosphere we start to overlap with physics.se and space.se. With this being an atmospheric phenomena and linked to tropospheric phenomena (lightning and temperature) I am inclined to say questions about them belong on this site. Based on your single ...


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