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.
AGU Now Accepting Session Proposals for 2018 Fall Meeting
The annual Fall Meeting of the AGU will be held December 10--14, 2018 in Washington, DC. The AGU is currently looking for session proposals that relate to the meeting's broader theme, "What Science Stands For."
If you are interested in submitting a session proposal, please do so here by April 18, 2018. The submission period for abstracts will open in Summer 2018.
International Decade for Action 2018 -2028
World Water Day, which is observed annually on March 22, is especially significant this year. March 22, 2018 begins 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
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
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
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
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.
Contact the USNC/IUGG
Ester Sztein, Assistant Director
Pam Gamble, Administrative Associate
|SYMPOSIA AND PRESENTATIONS|
|2016 AGU Session (PDF):|
"The U.S. Government Role in Preserving Geoscience Sample and Data Collections" by Ester Sztein
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”