Monday, June 09, 2014

USGS Director lays out vision for partnerships with State Geological Surveys

USGS Director Suzette Kimball [right] called the agency's partnership with the State Geologists as critical to its success.  Her remarks were part of extended comments at the opening session of the AASG Annual Meeting today in Lexington, Kentucky.

She singled out successful AASG-USGS collaboration in landslide hazards, informatics, and international programs.

The AASG meeting has special focus on natural hazards, but other topics include natural resources, science education and policy, water, and more.

Future opportunities include earthquake early warning, landslide hazards, state emergency operation centers, and climate change.    She said a landslide hazards program needs $50 million to meet national needs.

USGS and AASG are signing a 5-year extension of a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue these collaborations.

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