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Earth and Space Science News Article Examines IAVCEI Geoheritage Initiative 
Following the 2015 IUGG General Assembly in Prague, Earth and Space Science News (EOS) has released an article detailing the IAVCEI's particular attention to volcanic landscapes. The article explores various goals of the newly-formed Commission on Volcano Geoheritage and Protected Volcanic Landscapes (VGPL), including the creation of a volcanic science "knowledge hub" and protection of designated UNESCO World Heritage sites.

2014 GSA Annual Meeting: October 19-22 in Vancouver, Canada
The 2014 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from October 19-22, 2014. The annual meeting included more than 250 technical sessions and symposia, plus special events. More details can be found on the 2014 GSA Annual Meeting website.

2014 AAAS Symposium - “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes” - February 15, 2014
This symposium examined high-latitude changes linked to mid-latitude weather and the effect of these complex phenomena on freshwater resources, food availability, and national security. This event was spearheaded by the U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics, and co-sponsored by the U.S. National Committees for INQUA, Soil Sciences, and Geological Sciences. More details can be found on the 2014 Santa's Revenge archive page.

2013-2014 IUGS Report Now Available For DownloadIUGS 2013-2014 Report Cover
Following the 2012 redefining of IUGS goals, the Union has released a report covering the activities of 2013-2014. This report includes words from prominent IUGS officers, various highlights from the last two years, and lists of publications, affiliated organizations, collaborative projects, and important upcoming dates. The IUGS also looks to the future within the report's final pages, summarizing plans for the 2016 Congress in Cape Town, Africa, the 2018 Resources for Future Generations (RFG) conference in Vancouver, Canada, and the 2020 Congress in Delhi, India. Download the 29-page report PDF here

The Fifth International Conference on Medical Geology, Second Symposium on Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health: August 25-29, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia
MEDGEO conferences bring together researchers and decision makers from the physical sciences and the medical sciences who are interested in solving health problems caused by natural materials and processes. Details on this event can be found on the MedGeo 2013 website

America’s Geologic Heritage Invitational Workshop: Meeting Summary 
The objectives of this workshop were to begin a dialogue about key principles, share experiences, increase awareness, and improve flow of information. The keynote talks were given by Tim Badman, Director of IUCN’s World Heritage program, and by José Brilha, President of ProGEO and UNESCO advisor to the Global Geoparks Network. The workshop was structured in five thematic panels: Values and Relevance; Inventory and Monitoring; Stewardship and Sustainability; Museums and Collections; and Education and Outreach.

A PDF of this meeting summary can now be found online.

Facilitating International Cooperation: The IGCP Provides Grants to Scientists 
The USNC for Geological Sciences functions as the U.S. focal point for the International Geoscience Program (IGCP), a cooperative enterprise of UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS).
The USNC/IUGS, with the sponsorship of the American Geosciences Institute, the Geological Society of America, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Association of American State Geologists, and the National Park Service, convened this workshop in March 2013 in Lakewood, CO, to examine geologic heritage principles and to promote collaboration and cooperation on geologic heritage and geologic conservation in the United States.

2013 AAAS Symposium - "U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"
Sponsored by the four USNCs for the Earth Sciences and spearheaded by the U.S. National Committee for the International Union for Quaternary Research. This session provided both current and paleoclimatic perspectives on the nature of recent extreme climate and weather events and their societal and ecological impacts, with a focus on the United States. The symposium was held February 15, 2013 at the AAAS meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information about this meeting, including a list of speakers, please visit the 2013 AAAS Symposium webpage

The IGCP is and has been stimulating comparative studies in the Earth Sciences since 1972 and facilitates international cooperation by providing small grants to scientists from developing countries, allowing them to work with colleagues from the United States and other, developed nations.




Activities and Events
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February 15, 2014 AAAS Session: “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes”

December 12, 2013 AGU Session (PDF): “Science Diplomacy in the Geosciences”

February 15, 2013 AAAS Session: “U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"

December 7, 2012 AGU Town Hall (PDF): “International Geoscience”

February 19, 2012 AAAS Session: “Causes and Effects of Relative Sea-Level Changes in the Northeast Pacific"

February 17, 2012 AAAS Session: “Toward Stabilization of Net Global Carbon Dioxide Levels"

February 20, 2011 AAAS Session: “The Practice of Science Diplomacy in the Earth Sciences”

February 19, 2010 AAAS Session: "Dust in the Earth System"

December 17, 2009 AGU Poster Sessions: “Extreme Natural Hazards: Risk Assessment, Forecasting, and Decision Support”

February 16, 2009 AAAS Session: "Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction"

September 25, 2008 BISO Symposium (PDF): “Global Connections among Earth Sciences, Health, and Policy"

February 15, 2008 AAAS Session (PDF): "Planet Earth: Lessons Ignored, Lessons Learned”

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number ICER-1312037. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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