Monday, October 26, 2015

Geologic mapping Town Hall at GSA Annual Meeting in Baltimore


To be Held in Hilton Baltimore Tubman Meeting Room on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Kevin Gallagher, USGS Associate Director for the Core Science Systems (CSS) Mission Area, recently asked the leadership of the CSS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) to establish a process aimed at developing a bold new vision for the future of the Program.  The First Annual NCGMP Town Hall Meeting in Baltimore during the 2015 GSA Meeting will initiate that process, and is firstly intended to facilitate an open and informal discussion of the origins, achievements and success of EDMAP, STATEMAP and FEDMAP.  Moreover, recent progress on charting a path forward for geologic mapping, and emerging opportunities for new partnerships that would bolster the existing program while broadening into seamless and 3D geological mapping as an important response to societal needs, will be explored.  We will kick-off the Town Hall Meeting with a call to the NCGMP community for your wisdom on how best to renew the Program’s commitment to build on past success while concurrently embracing worthwhile new directions.  Next, Harvey Thorleifson, Director of the Minnesota Geological Survey, will moderate an Open Discussion of the Call to Action to the NCGMP Community that will be directed towards devising strategies for next steps to better fulfill that Communities' important role in response to the changing needs of society in a changing World.  

The Town Hall Meeting will be held at the Hilton Baltimore, 401 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD, in the Tubman Meeting Room on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Seating is limited so please RSVP early to John Brock (; also, the organizers ask that you bring your own coffee or other beverage, as desired.  The Agenda for the Town Hall Meeting will be provided to all confirmed attendees prior to 11/2/15, and please direct any questions or suggestions regarding this event to John Brock, Acting NCGMP Program Coordinator (; 703-648-6053).  The NCGMP leadership hopes to hear your original ideas about how best to continue the Program’s proud tradition while adapting successfully to a changing World, and encourages you to join in the Town Hall discussion. 

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