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Support & Service

Support & Service

Reinforce how geoscience fits into the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Demonstrate how geoscientists can lead in the transition of energy resources.

Carry the conversation through the energy transition, with a focus on the science.

Represent the geosciences and STEM to better serve smaller organizations and reach the individuals within those organizations.

Facilitate the exchange of information between AGI and other organizations.

Be an initial driver of programs on behalf of the geosciences, while providing support to the geoscience community.

Serve as the convening organization and actively engage diverse stakeholders in discussions of issues of immediate and long-term importance.

Represent the geosciences through unified, consensus-driven communications.


The GeoRef database tracks current publications related to the geosciences. From time to time the publications within the database have been examined for their alignment or inclusion in major research projects or initiatives. As sustainability becomes a key element in global initiatives and geoscience research, identifying publications related to the SDGs is the next major initiative to be undertaken by GeoRef staff. As publications from 2022 and beyond are loaded into the database, relevant articles are being tagged with up to two corresponding SDG numbers as part of their metadata. This will allow GeoRef users to discover global geoscience materials relevant to each SDG.


For every presidential election cycle, AGI organizes a federation-wide committee to draft a document that describes how geosciences support societal needs and policy decision-making. Primary recipients of this document are staff of major presidential and legislative campaigns, the purpose being to clarify the importance of Earth science to key elements of their platforms and campaign activities. Per recommendations from policymakers, the next version of this document will frame the issues in societal context and then describe how geoscience can help solve those problems.

AGI has launched the development of the 2024 Critical Needs Document to re-frame and anchor the discussion of critical needs and geoscience solutions in the context of the SDGs. The core intention of this process is to make the Critical Needs Document human- and society-centric, highlighting the fundamental challenges to a sustainable future here in the U.S., and challenge our community to identify geoscience-based solutions. Through becoming solution-oriented, geosciences become a more viable policy tool, rather than merely policy-informing. The project launch was earlier than in prior election cycles, which allows more time for resources to be committed during its development, fostering a stronger product, and allowing the target completion date to pre-date the primary elections.

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