Policy & Critical Issues Blog

Stay up to date on issues at the intersection of geoscience and society with our Policy & Critical Issues blog posts from the AGI Geotimes blog.

A satellite image of the Earth. Image Credit: NASA
(2017-12-01)
Welcome to December! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: Our next webinar, “Geologic Mapping to Empower Communities: Examples from the Great Lakes” will take place on Wednesday December 6th at 1:30pm EST. Detailed geologic maps help communities around the country to make informed decisions about a wide array of critical issues, including hazard mitigation, water quality and availability, energy and mineral development, and urban planning. However, less...
 
A satellite image of the Earth. Image Credit: NASA
(2017-11-01)
Welcome to November! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: Last week was the Geological Society of America’s 2017 Annual Meeting, which took place in Seattle, WA. Our manager Cassy Rose presented a poster at the meeting about recent successes in our webinar series, which have averaged over 800 registrants and 500 live attendees in 2017, and the broader impacts of webinars for diverse...
 
The Lawn On D (across street from Boston Convention Center). The opening reception, which had a "Bostonopoly" theme, took place among games, performers, tasty food, and lots of mingling among attendees.
(2017-10-12)
As an organization, we believe that it is absolutely critical that we communicate the importance of geoscience for informed decisionmaking at the regional, state, and local levels. So from August 6-9, AGI's Critical Issues Program Manager Cassaundra Rose attended the National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Legislative Summit and coordinated a booth with several partners from AGI Member Societies. With Geologic Map Day tomorrow and a geologic mapping themed Pardee Symposium...
 
(2017-10-01)
Welcome to October! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: Around the U.S. and the world there are thousands of projects that enhance the drainage of water into the ground. These efforts improve stormwater management and help to recharge groundwater supplies, but they’re easy to miss, often hidden in plain sight or underground. So we’ve been working with experts around the country to shine a light on this area of applied geoscience. Our introductory factsheets on dry wells...
 
(2017-09-01)
Welcome to September! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program:We are pleased to announce the publication of the final report for our 2016 Critical Issues Forum, “Addressing Changes in Regional Groundwater Resources: Lessons from the High Plains Aquifer.” This forum brought together a wide range of scientists, economists, water managers, policy experts, students, water industry professionals, and representatives from federal, state, and local agencies and organizations, to share perspectives on groundwater...
 
Cover of the July 2017 AEG News
(2017-08-10)
The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists continues to track changes and challenges to professional geologist licensure across different states. In addition to a current summary, a new article in the July 2017 issue of AEG News also discusses potential ways to track bills targeting licensure at the state level, including creating something of an "early warning system" of volunteers tasked with tracking these issues in their state. Read the entire article...
 
Earth
(2017-08-01)
Critical Issues Monthly Roundup: July 2017Welcome to August! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program:On July 6th we held our most recent webinar, “Planning for Coastal Storm & Erosion Hazards,” which focused on efforts to anticipate, mitigate, and respond to coastal storms, erosion, and associated hazards at the federal, state, and local level, including case studies from California, Texas, and Georgia. Thank you to the more than 800 people who registered and over 500 who...
 
Allyson Anderson Book conducts geothermal field studies in Iceland.
(2017-07-24)
This post was originally published in the Outdoor Alliance blog. Learn more at outdooralliance.org. Guest post by Allyson Anderson Book, Executive Director of American Geosciences Institute | @AAndersonBook As a geoscientist, I am frequently asked about why I chose my profession.  My answer is deeply rooted in a sense of exploration and adventure – the excitement of getting into...
 
GeoCVD Logo
(2017-07-21)
The American Geosciences Institute, in collaboration with many other geoscience societies, invites members of the geoscience community from across the nation to come to Washington D.C. for the annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Days (Geo-CVD), which will take place this year on September 12-13, 2017. The Geo-CVD is a great opportunity to gain exposure to the federal legislative process, and provide lawmakers with valuable information to inform policy decisions. Join us and many of your colleagues for this two-day event uniting geoscience researchers...
 
Earth
(2017-07-01)
Welcome to July! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: There’s still time to register for our upcoming webinar, “Planning for Coastal Storm & Erosion Hazards”, which will take place on Thursday July 6th, 1:30pm EDT/10:30am PDT. This 90-minute webinar will focus on efforts to anticipate, mitigate, and respond to coastal storms, erosion, and associated hazards at the federal, state, and local level....
 

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