Communicating Cascadia's Earthquake Risk

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GOLI Course: Communicating Cascadia's Earthquake Risk. Image Credit: FEMA / Photo by Mustafa Lazkani

Geoscience research is at the forefront of characterizing the earthquake risks associated with the Cascadia subduction zone in the Pacific Northwest. This course covers the science and its implications for policy decisions and resiliency efforts. The speakers will provide an overview of what we know about the Cascadia subduction zone and the associated earthquake risk, how this information is used to guide policy decisions, how the science should be communicated, what state and local governments are doing to address the risks, and what more could be done to better protect the Pacific Northwest.

The course presenters are Chris Goldfinger from Oregon State University, Jeff Rubin from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and Tom Brocher from the U.S. Geological Survey.


  • American Geosciences Institute