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 eight 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.
Arctic Matters Day Held at NAS Building
The Polar Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held its “Arctic Matters Day
” on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in the NAS Building at 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC. The event was part of a larger initiative to raise awareness about rapid change in the Arctic and how it affects us all, including our coastlines, weather, ecosystems, and more. The agenda
featured lively “TED-like” talks from top experts who study Arctic change, artistic displays, and interactive exhibits. Please take a look at our free Arctic Matters educator resources, including a booklet, classroom poster, and interactive web tool on the Arctic Matters website
. IUGG Resolution Stresses Global Research on Environmental Disruption
An Earth and Space Science News (EOS) review
highlights a proposal for increased global research on "potentially disruptive environmental consequences and extremes" adopted at the 2015 IUGG General Assembly. Other resolutions, seven in total
, included strengthening research efforts in ocean modeling and energy resources to combat climate change.
Earth and Space Science News Article Examines IAVCEI 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.
2015 IUGG General Assembly in Prague, Czech RepublicThe Institute of Geophysics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Czech National Committee of Geodesy and Geophysics hosted the XXVI General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) from June 22 to July 2, 2015. This multi-disciplinary conference covered the topics of all eight scientific associations of the IUGG. Conference details can be found on the XXVI IUGG General Assembly website.