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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.


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

New Ice-Snow-Water Workshop Report: Motivating Research on the Science Communications FrontIce-Snow-Water Workshop Report Cover
In November 2014, the World Bank hosted an international workshop entitled "Communicating the Science and Impacts of a Fundamental Earth System Change with a Focus on Ice-Snow-Water." This workshop, sponsored by NSF, the World Bank, the City University of New York, UNESCO IHP, and Vox Naturae of Iceland, concluded that extensive research on science communication is imperative. The workshop report suggests an interdisciplinary approach combining mathematics, anthropology, and the social sciences in order to better understand how belief systems affect public and stakeholder views on climate change.

Contributors to the workshop report include Jennifer Francis (Rutgers), who spoke at the 2014 AAAS symposium Santa's Revenge, and USNC/IUGG members Michael McCracken (The Climate Institute) and Tad Pfeffer (University of Colorado, Boulder). The complete report is available for PDF download here.  

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 July's 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.



IUGG Early Career Scientist Awardees
On November 5, 2014, ten scientists were given IUGG Early Career Scientist Awards for their outstanding research in Earth and space sciences and for their international research cooperation. The USNC/IUGG would like to congratulate the two awardees from the United States: Gregory Foltz (Oceanography) and Ben Kravitz (Atmospheric Sciences). The awards will be presented at the 26th IUGG General Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, during an Honor ceremony. For more details, please consult the IUGG news release (PDF).

National Academy of Sciences, Royal Society Release Joint Publication on Climate Change
On February 27, 2014, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, the national science academy of the U.K., released a joint publication that explains the clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change, and that addresses a variety of other key questions commonly asked about climate change science. For more details and a link to the full report, please consult the Climate Change: Evidence and Causes press release.

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.

An audio file of the symposium, the presentations given by each speaker, and a more complete list of media coverage can be found on the 2014 Santa's Revenge archive page.

Workshop on Mathematics of Climate Change, Related Natural Hazards and Risks
Held at CIMAT in Guanajuato, Mexico, 29 July - 2 August 2013, the workshop brought together approximately 40 young researchers, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean and a dozen distinguished scientists, each of whom gave several lectures on a chosen topic. The workshop, part of the world initiative “Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013” (, was jointly organized by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), and IUGG. It was sponsored by the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) and partly funded by a grant from the International Council for Science (ICSU). It was supported by the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, and CIMAT (Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas). The members of the Scientific Committee are Susan Friedlander (IMU), Ilya Zaliapin (IUGG) and Paul F. Linden (IUTAM). More details are available on the following website:

2013 AAAS Symposium - "U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"
The symposium was 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 audio of the presentation and press coverage, please visit the 2013 AAAS Symposium website




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December 16, 2015 AGU Session (PDF):
"Arctic Science Diplomacy: Opportunities for International Collaboration and Policy-Engaged Scholarship" by Ester Sztein and Melody Brown Burkins

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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