This free webinar, also presented as a Congressional briefing on June 12th, brings together experts from industry, academia, and non-profits to discuss the geoscientific underpinnings of our economy and society.
Geoscience information is integral to the strength and growth of communities and provides the resources for economic growth. All building materials, energy resources, construction projects, and hazard mitigation efforts are fundamentally based on geoscientific data and the geoscience workforce.
Our speakers are:
- Emily W. Coyner, PG, Director of Environmental Policy, National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association | Slides Video
- Brian K. Banks, PG, Principal, Schnabel Engineering | Slides Video
- Austin Becker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Coastal Planning, Policy, and Design, University of Rhode Island | Slides Video
Key topics to be addressed include:
- The industrial materials and minerals used to construct buildings/infrastructure
- The importance of readily available construction materials and the resulting demand for mines and quarries throughout the U.S.
- How geoscience is used to determine whether or not sites are suitable for infrastructure development
- How geoscience is used to help guide design and construction to enhance the quality of life, economic strength, and physical security of coastal areas
American Association of Petroleum Geologists; American Geophysical Union; Consortium for Ocean Leadership; Geological Society of America; National Ground Water Association; National Science Foundation; Soil Science Society of America
Resources to Learn More
- View this webinar's Question & Answer session
- U.S. Geological Survey: Aggregates Publications & Data Products
- U.S. Geological Survey: Aggregate Resource Availability in the Conterminous United States
- Federal Highway Administration: Wherefore Art Thou Aggregate Resources for Highways?
- National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Characterization, Modeling, Monitoring, and Remediation of Fractured Rock
- National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering
- National Research Council: Underground Engineering for Sustainable Urban Development
- Environmental Protection Agency: Green Infrastructure: Coastal Resiliency
- U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit: Coastal Resilience Tools
- U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit: Coastal Infrastructure (Hawai'i and Pacific Islands)
Search the Critical Issues Research Database for reports and factsheets about geoscience and the economy..