CPAESS is developing a new strategic plan for 2019-2023 and seeking input from the Earth system science community to inform key priorities and focus areas.  This strategic plan will ensure CPAESS’ ability to anticipate and respond to scientific support and services needed by the community over the next five years. The timeline for this strategic planning effort is available at
As a valued member of the scientific community, we invite you to complete this survey. This survey consists of three major sections that correspond to CPAESS’ strategic priorities – Career Development, Event Management, and Partnerships and Scientific Programs.  Each section consists of questions based on the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) framework that have been customized for the strategic priority area.  Depending on your primary affiliation with CPAESS, you will be guided to one of the three sections to answer 8-10 questions.  We anticipate that the survey will require 20-30 minutes to complete.

Most of the questions are optional.  However, we encourage you to answer all questions.  To benefit from the diverse perspectives of our wide range of stakeholders, the majority of the questions are open-ended.  We urge you to be thoughtful in your responses as they will help us determine our strategic goals and the most appropriate approach for achieving them.  All responses to the survey will remain anonymous, and any reporting of the survey results will be in aggregate, so information cannot be linked to an individual respondent.   

Questions related to this survey should be sent to Valerie Williams (  For questions regarding the overall strategic planning effort, please contact CPAESS Director Hanne Mauriello (