Policy & Critical Issues Webinars and Forum Videos

The Policy & Critical Issues Program hosts webinars on a variety of topics that bring geoscientists and decision makers together to discuss potential solutions to challenges at the interface of geoscience and society.

Congressional webinars are webinars that are based on congressional briefings held in Washington, D.C. Critical Issues webinars are webinars focusing on Critical Issues topics that are organized and hosted by the Critical Issues program.

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How Elections Affect the Geosciences: Navigating New Leadership

Friday, September 30, 2016

What do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have to do with geoscience?  Believe it or not, elections—whether presidential or congressional—can have large implications for scientific research. Presidents set national priorities and policies, and Congress funds (or doesn’t fund) federal research often based on its own prerogatives and agenda. Join us for an informational webinar as we attempt to navigate the upcoming presidential transition during #election2016. The webinar will address how presidential administrations and Congress...

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Desalination as a Source of Fresh Water

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

This webinar features experts from industry and academia, who will discuss current and potential future desalination technologies, desalination of seawater in coastal areas, desalination of salty groundwater in inland regions, and how these efforts are shaped by policy and community engagement.

Our speakers are:

  • Tzahi Cath, Ph.D., Ben L. Fryrear Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines |...
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Desalination as a Source of Fresh Water: Desalination 101

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Advances in Earth Science (AES): Data as a National Asset for Decision-Making

Monday, July 25, 2016

This webinar is based on a Congressional briefing organized by the Advances in Earth Science coalition (22 June 2016). The webinar features experts from industry, academia, and state and federal government agencies, who will discuss how Earth Science data is collected, used, and disseminated. Speakers will address current protocols and future endeavors in data...

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AES: Data As A National Asset for Decision Making - Introduction

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Advances in Earth Science (AES): Offshore Energy

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This Congressional webinar is based on a Congressional briefing organized by the Advances in Earth Science coalition (16 May 2016). The webinar brings together experts from academia and government to explain the scientific and engineering tools that enable production in challenging environments far from land or in miles-deep water. Speakers also address the environmental challenges of offshore energy production.

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Advances in Earth Science - Offshore Energy - Historical Perspective

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Underpinning Innovation: The Science and Supply of America's Critical Minerals and Materials

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

This Congressional webinar is based on a briefing organized by AGI on behalf of the Mineral Science & Information Coalition (3 March 2016). The webinar addresses the efforts being taken at the federal level to ensure a steady supply of critical minerals and materials.

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Underpinning Innovation: Critical Minerals in the Context of Global Mineral Resources

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Ocean Acidification Impacts on Fisheries

Friday, March 11, 2016

This Critical Issues webinar addresses how geoscience helps us to understand ocean acidification, ocean acidification's impacts on marine life, and what states and municipalities can do to reduce the fishery-related economic impacts of ocean acidification. 

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Ocean Acidification Impacts on Fisheries: The geological record of ocean acidification

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Making Produced Water More Productive

Friday, December 11, 2015

Geoscience is essential to our understanding and management of produced water, an inevitable by-product of oil and gas development. This Critical Issues webinar provides a scientific and regulatory background of produced water, how it is commonly disposed, what opportunities exist for the re-use of produced water, and what the environmental and regulatory challenges for re-using produced waters are.

Overarching questions that will be addressed in this webinar include:

  • What is produced water and how is it...
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Making Produced Waters More Productive: Perspectives on produced water and saltwater disposal

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Communicating Cascadia's Earthquake Risk

Friday, October 16, 2015

Geoscience research is at the forefront of characterizing the earthquake risks associated with the Cascadia subduction zone in the Pacific Northwest. This Critical Issues webinar informs listeners of the science and its implications for policy decisions and resiliency efforts. During the webinar, the three presenters will provide an overview of what we know about the Cascadia subduction zone and the associated earthquake risk, how this information is used to guide policy decisions, how the science should be communicated, what...

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Communicating Cascadia's Earthquake Risk: The Science Behind the Cascadia Subduction Zone Risk

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Water as One Resource: How interactions between groundwater and surface water impact water availability

Monday, July 13, 2015

This Critical Issues webinar provides an overview of how groundwater and surface water interact, what the implications of these interactions on water resources are, and how water can be more effectively managed if an understanding of these interactions is incorporated.

Overarching questions that will be addressed in this webinar include:

  • How do surface water and ground water interact and what implications do these interactions have for sustainable water management?
  • Are there new tools/resources/...
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Water As One Resource: How Groundwater Interacts with Lakes and Streams

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Induced Seismicity in the Midcontinent

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

This Critical Issues webinar provides current information about induced seismic activity in the United States, specifically in the mid-continent, and includes information on mitigation planning, the current state of seismic monitoring at the state level, and the challenges in communicating the science of the issue to the public and decision-makers. 

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  • Bill Ellsworth, U.S. Geological Survey |...
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