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U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics
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.
Celebrating 100 Years of the IUGG Formed in Brussels, Belgium, on 28 July 1919, the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. The centennial year marks an important milestone for IUGG. Since its inception as a union of international scientific associations, IUGG has evolved into a prominent scientific organization promoting Earth and space sciences worldwide in the complex political, economic and scientific landscapes of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries. IUGG’s mission is to advance, strengthen and promote Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity through international research cooperation and education, and to communicate the knowledge to governments and policymakers. For the decades ahead, IUGG envisions a future Earth that is environmentally sustainable and where societies are resilient against natural hazards.
To celebrate the Centennial of the Union, IUGG established a Task Force to develop a program for celebrations around the world for 2018-2019. In 2018, several conferences/symposia and a summer school for early career scientists were held in China, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, and the USA. The program for this year includes: - 27th IUGG General Assembly, Montreal, Canada, 8-18 July 2019; - Celebration of the IUGG Centennial at UNESCO, Paris, France, 29 July 2019; - Several meetings in Europe, South America, and the Middle East; - A special volume on “The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics: From Different Spheres to a Common Globe” will be published as a part of the peer-reviewed journal History of Geo- and Space Sciences.
As a part of this program, a website dedicated to the IUGG Centennial has been developed and is now open to the public. Please visit http://100.iugg.org/ to learn more about the history of IUGG. We hope all visitors to the website, especially IUGG scientists from all nations and geoscientific disciplines, will enjoy this wonderful 100-year journey through space and time and appreciate the work of several generations of Earth and space scientists, who voluntarily contributed their time and efforts to the development of international cooperation in geosciences. Note: This text was co-authored by IUGG President Michael G. Sideris, and IUGG Secretary-General Alik Ismail-Zadeh.
AGU and IUGG to Sponsor Meeting in 2019 As part of a series celebrating their centennial anniversaries, the AGU and the IUGG will be jointly sponsoring the Symposium on Georisk Reduction: Science, Resources, and Governmental Action at the 2019 IUGG General Assembly in Montreal, Canada. For more information about this symposium, please visit the General Assembly website. Please visit http://iugg2019montreal.com/abstract-submission.html for submission guidelines and other details. USNC/IUGG and USNC/IUGS Sessions at the AGU Fall Meeting The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was proud to be a significant presence at the AGU Fall Meeting this December in Washington, D.C. The sessions below were co-organized by members and staff of the USNC/GG and the USNC/GS. "No More Time to Waste: Moving Science to Action at Scales that Matter," a public lecture by Dr. Pam Matson, was organized by Maggie Walser (GRP), Deb Glickson (BESR, DELS), and Ester Sztein (BISO, PGA).
Title: "Disaster Risk Reduction, Resilience, Response, and Recovery," a joint AGU-IUGG Centennial Symposium co-organized by the USNC/IUGG Date/Time: Sunday, December 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: Grand Hyatt, Independence A-E
IUGG Movie Highlights Need for Natural Disaster Research As climate change leads to more intense weather patterns, the potential for costly national disasters is of great concern. The following video from the IUGG stresses the importance of geodesy and geophysics research around the world.
International Decade for Action 2018-2028 World Water Day, which is observed annually on March 22 was especially significant in 2018. March 22, 2018 began the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development. This decade, closing on March 22, 2028, marks a focus on sustainable water resources and issues of water scarcity, urbanization, population growth, and climate change. For more information, visit http://www.wateractiondecade.org/.
Recent Scientific Assemblies of IUGG Associations in 2017 International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) "Water and Development: Scientific Challenges in Addressing Societal Issues" 2017 Scientific Assembly Port Elizabeth, South Africa Assembly Dates: July 10 - 14, 2017 Website: http://iahs.info/IAHS-2017.do
International Association of Geodesy (IAG) and International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI) 2017 Joint Assembly Kobe International Conference Center in Kobe, Japan Assembly Dates: July 30 - August 4, 2017 Website: http://www.iag-iaspei-2017.jp/
International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) "Fostering Integrative Studies of Volcanism" 2017 Scientific Assembly Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, USA. Assembly Dates: August 14 - 18, 2017 Website: http://iavcei2017.org/
International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS), International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO), and International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) "Good Hope for Earth Sciences" 2017 Joint Assembly Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa Assembly Dates: August 27 - September 1, 2017 Website: http://www.iapso-iamas-iaga2017.com/
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 Republic The 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.
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.
Banner Photo Credits: Geologist Kruawun Jankaew in research pit (Brian Atwater); Alaska's Pavlof Volcano (Steve McNutt); Scientists opening a trench across the San Andreas fault (Lisa Grant Ludwig); Arctic overlook (Steve McNutt)
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