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U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences

The U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences (USNC/IUGS) serves as a focal point for U.S. discussions on how to best maintain the viability and relevance of the geological sciences internationally.  The committee provides guidance and input to the IUGS on these issues, and plans and implements U.S. participation in furthering the goals and work of the IUGS. The USNC/IUGS works in cooperation with scientific societies and seeks their input on nominations to the committee. 

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America’s Geologic Heritage Invitational Workshop: Meeting Summary 
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.

The objectives of this workshop were to begin a dialogue about key principles, sharing of experiences, increasing of awareness, and improved flow of information. The keynote talks were given by Tim Badman, Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s World Heritage (WH) program, and by José Brilha, President of ProGEO (The European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage) and UNESCO advisor to the Global Geoparks Network. The workshop was structured in five thematic panels, for a total of over 30 presentations: Values and Relevance, chaired by Vincent Matthews, CGS/Association of American State Geologists (AASG); Inventory and Monitoring, chaired by Bruce Heise, NPS; Stewardship and Sustainability, chaired by Stan Finney, California State University, Long Beach; Museums and Collections, chaired by James Webster, American Museum of Natural History; and Education and Outreach, chaired by Ann Benbow, AGI.

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

IUGS’s Resourcing Future Generations Initiative
The IUGS Executive Committee has appointed a New Activities Strategic Implementation Committee to scope a proposed initiative, entitled Resourcing Future Generations. This initiative will address the goal of ensuring a supply of mineral, energy, and water resources for the global society in the next century. Achieving this goal requires four fundamental actions by the geoscience community:

  1. Comprehensive evaluation and quantification of 21st century supply and demand;
  2. Enhanced understanding of the subsurface as it relates to resource deposits;
  3. Assessment of where new resources are likely to be found; and
  4. Building needed and advanced skills capacity, particularly in lesser developed nations, to discover and responsibly develop mineral resources.

The Resourcing Future Generations initiative will provide a bridge between industry, academia, and national geological surveys. In addition, other Unions within ICSU will be invited to participate. For more information, please consult the IUGS Resourcing Future Generations webpage.

2016 International Geological Congress: Cape Town, South Africa

From August 27th to September 4th, 2016, the International Geological Congress will be held in the southern African sub-continent for the first time since 1929. Three main conference themes have already been identified for the 35th IGC: Geology in Society, Geology in the Economy, and Geology in Science. For more details, please visit the 2016 ICG website.

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 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.

For more information, consult background materials on the IGCP homepage on the UNESCO Website or send an e-mail to

47th Edition of Geoscience Departments
The Directory of Geoscience Departments 47th Edition (2012) is the most comprehensive directory and source of information about geosciences departments and researchers available. It is an invaluable resource for individuals working in the geosciences or must identify or work with specialists on the issues of Earth, Environmental, and related sciences and engineering fields.

The Directory of Geoscience Departments 47th Edition provides a state/country-sorted listing of over 2300 geoscience departments, research departments, institutes, and their faculty and staff. Information on contact information for departments and individuals is provided, as well as details on department enrollments, faculty specialties, and the date and source of faculty and staff's highest degree. Description taken from the American Geosciences Institute website.

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

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 list of media coverage can be found on the 2014 Santa's Revenge archive page.




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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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