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 U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics

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About the USNC

The U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics (USNC/IUGG) promotes the advancement of geophysical and geodetical sciences in the United States and throughout the world by participating in the activities of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). 

The USNC/IUGG serves to advance geodesy and geophysics in the United States and throughout the world by:

  • Representing the interests of the U.S. sciences community in all activities of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) and its 8 component Associations on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the U.S. adhering body to the IUGG.
  • Fostering collaborative research through the organization and sponsorship of scientific sessions and meetings in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Encouraging and supporting participation and service by U.S. scientists in international bodies organized under the IUGG and its Associations.
  • Sending voting delegates as representatives of the U.S. geophysical community to IUGG-sponsored international congresses and General Assemblies.  
  • Supporting the engagement of early career U.S. scientists in international scientific activities and organizations.   

About the Union

Established in 1919, the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) is a non-governmental scientific organization dedicated to the application of scientific knowledge to societal needs and the international promotion and coordination of scientific Earth studies (physical, chemical, and mathematical sciences), including:

  • Earth’s shape, gravitational and magnetic fields, and its environment in space.
  • The dynamics of the Earth as a whole and of its component parts.
  • Earth’s internal structure, composition and tectonics, the generation of magmas, volcanism, and rock formation.
  • The hydrological cycle including snow and ice, all aspects of the oceans.
  • The atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and solar-terrestrial relations, and analogous problems associated with the Moon and other planets.
  • Mineral resources and the mitigation of natural hazards and environmental preservation.

The IUGG is comprised of eight semi-autonomous Associations.

The IUGG releases a monthly E-Journal available under News on the IUGG homepage.




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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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