Policy & Critical Issues Events

AGI’s Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs plan a number of events every year that bring policymakers, decision-makers, and geoscientists together.

Congressional Briefings

In collaboration with other scientific societies and coalitions, the AGI Geoscience Policy Program hosts congressional briefings to educate and inform policy makers on relevant geoscience topics and issues. These briefings feature scientific speakers from government, academic, and industry sectors. Please view past and upcoming congressional briefing notices on our website and feel free to reach out to govt@agiweb.org with questions.

Mt. St Helens following its catastrophic 1980 eruption. Image Credit: U.S. Geological Survey/Photo by Tom Casadevall
Lahars are rapidly rushing rivers of water and rock fragments that slide down volcanoes. They occur on the Aleutian volcanic arc in Alaska and the Cascade Range in the Northwest U.S. Lahars can flow down slopes at over 120 miles per hour and grow to 10 times their initial size. Lahars can trap...
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Robust data collections are vital for understanding and managing Earth’s natural resources and hazards: Earthquake data can help identify quake-prone areas and inform earthquake preparedness. Air quality data can reveal potential health risks and hazards from air pollution. Water quality data can...
An oil drill rig in the Gulf of Mexico that drills up to 20,000 ft. Image Copyright © Noble Corporation.
Offshore energy is a huge and growing resource. About 18 percent of U.S. oil and natural gas is produced offshore and production is growing. Globally, the offshore provides 30 percent of oil and natural gas.  Offshore wind is also a growing source of electricity, especially in Europe. The U.S. has...
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Critical minerals and materials are key components of the innovation economy. Minerals are a part of almost every product we use on a daily basis, either as the raw materials for manufacturing processes or as the end products themselves. Advanced technologies for communications, clean energy,...
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) map of sea surface temperature anomalies shows warmer surface water temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean during El Niño. Image Credit: NOAA
Join us for a congressional briefing to learn about El Niño. How does it form and what are the roles of the ocean and atmosphere? What impacts can be anticipated from the current event?What are the opportunities and challenges in understanding, monitoring, and predicting El Niño? A panel of leading...

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Congressional Visits Days

GEO-CVD 2016 participants meeting with Senator Cory Gardner from Colorado. (from left) Senator Cory Gardner(R-Colo.); Sparkle Malone of the U.S. Forest Service; Dave Ellerbroek of AECOM; Kendra Johnson and Rob Anthony (Image credit: AGI)

Interested in sharing the value of your science with federal or local decision makers? Read more about our Geosciences Congressional Visits Days (Geo-CVD) – a two day event where you travel to Washington D.C. to talk about the importance of your research.

Geosciences Congressional Visits Days
District Visit Days


The Policy & Critical Issues programs host 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.

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State & Local Events

Forum participants discussing lessons learned and best practices for managing groundwater resources at the 2016 Critical Issues Forum: Addressing Changes in Regional Groundwater Resources: Lessons from the High Plains Aquifer. (Image credit: AGI)

AGI Critical Issues Forums bring together leading experts from academia, government, industry, and other groups to discuss topics at the intersection of geoscience and public policy. The Forums highlight the essential role that geoscience information plays in policy decisions at all levels from the global to the local. These events, started in 2014, showcase the societal relevance of the geosciences to a broad audience while also providing opportunities for dialog and networking between geoscientists and decision makers at all levels.

2016: Addressing Changes in Regional Groundwater Resources: Lessons from the High Plains Aquifer

2014: America’s Increasing Reliance on Natural Gas: Benefits and Risks of a Methane Economy