critical issues

Where can I find statistics about the supply and demand of metals?

The U.S. Geological Survey maintains statistics about the worldwide supply of metal resources, including copper and precious metals like gold and platinum. The USGS also tracks statistics on non-metal, industrial minerals like sand and crushed stone. The Energy Information Administration maintains data on the trade of energy minerals like coal, natural gas, petroleum, and uranium. 

Does flood risk for a particular location change over time?

FEMA National Flood Insurance Program:  

"Flood risk can, and does, change over time. Flood risks change for many reasons: new development, changes in levee classification, and environmental changes, to name a few. As a result FEMA is updating flood hazard maps across the country. These new flood maps, also, known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs), show flood risk at a property-by-property level.

How are tsunami early warnings issued?

In the U.S., tsunami early warnings are issued by two warning centers operated by the National Weather Service. The National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) monitors for earthquakes and issues tsunami advisories, watches, warnings, and information statements for Alaska, the U.S. mainland, U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, Canada, and U.S. interests in the Caribbean (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands)[1,2,3].

Defining Critical Issues Survey: Final Survey Results

The preliminary results of the survey were released at the end of November 2013 with the goal to garner additional input from the decision-making community and general public, the non-academic sectors of the geoscience community, and individuals in the age groups between 18 and 44 years of age. However, only an additional 130 useable responses were received in December, primarily from geoscientists in the post-secondary academic sector. Thus, we were unable to substantially gain more in-depth insights into the decision-making community and public cohorts.


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