The U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics (USNC/IUGG) promotes the advancement of geophysical and geodetical sciences in the United States and throughout the world by participating in the activities of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).
The USNC/IUGG serves to advance geodesy and geophysics in the United States and throughout the world by:
- Representing the interests of the U.S. sciences community in all activities of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) and its eight component Associations on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the U.S. adhering body to the IUGG.
- Fostering collaborative research through the organization and sponsorship of scientific sessions and meetings in the U.S. and abroad.
- Encouraging and supporting participation and service by U.S. scientists in international bodies organized under the IUGG and its Associations.
- Sending voting delegates as representatives of the U.S. geophysical community to IUGG-sponsored international congresses and General Assemblies.
- Supporting the engagement of early career U.S. scientists in international scientific activities and organizations.
AGU and IUGG to Sponsor Meeting in 2019
As part of a series celebrating their centennial anniversaries, the AGU and the IUGG will be jointly sponsoring the Symposium on Georisk Reduction: Science, Resources, and Governmental Action at the 2019 IUGG General Assembly in Montreal, Canada. For more information about this symposium, please visit the General Assembly website.
Science Diplomacy Workshop: Transcending Academic and National Boundaries and Advancing Scientific Discovery
If you are a graduate student, postdoc, or early career scientist planning to attend the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting and are interested in exploring careers with facets complementing academic research and/or understanding how science diplomacy should be a part of your scientific work, make sure to register for the Science Diplomacy Workshop to be held on Tuesday, December 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. The workshop is co-organized by science diplomacy experts from AGU, the National Academy of Sciences, and Tufts' Science Diplomacy Center. Experts from both academic and diplomatic circles will speak at this event. During the workshop, participants will:
- Learn about the vital role of science diplomacy in facilitating international relations while simultaneously advancing scientific discovery
- Identify opportunities to advance science diplomacy in their respective fields of research
- Develop skills to effectively navigate the science-diplomacy nexis, and
- Engage directly with science diplomacy experts from academic and diplomatic fields during roundtable discussions and a networking break
For more information, please contact Katia Kontar at Yekaterina.Kontar@tufts.edu. The annual Fall Meeting of the AGU, "What Science Stands For," will be held December 10--14, 2018 in Washington, DC.
IUGG Movie Highlights Need for Natural Disaster Research
As climate change leads to more intense weather patterns, the potential for costly national disasters is of great concern. The following video from the IUGG stresses the importance of geodesy and geophysics research around the world.
International Decade for Action 2018 -2028
World Water Day, which is observed annually on March 22 was especially significant in 2018. March 22, 2018 began the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development. This decade, closing on March 22, 2028, marks a focus on sustainable water resources and issues of water scarcity, urbanization, population growth, and climate change. For more information, visit http://www.wateractiondecade.org/.
Recent Scientific Assemblies of IUGG Associations in 2017
International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
"Water and Development: Scientific Challenges in Addressing Societal Issues" 2017 Scientific Assembly
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Assembly Dates: July 10 - 14, 2017
International Association of Geodesy (IAG) and International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI)
2017 Joint Assembly
Kobe International Conference Center in Kobe, Japan
Assembly Dates: July 30 - August 4, 2017
International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)
"Fostering Integrative Studies of Volcanism" 2017 Scientific Assembly
Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Assembly Dates: August 14 - 18, 2017
International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS), International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO), and International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA)
"Good Hope for Earth Sciences" 2017 Joint Assembly
Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa
Assembly Dates: August 27 - September 1, 2017
Arctic Matters Day Held at NAS Building
The Polar Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held its “Arctic Matters Day” on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in the NAS Building at 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC. The event was part of a larger initiative to raise awareness about rapid change in the Arctic and how it affects us all, including our coastlines, weather, ecosystems, and more. The agenda featured lively “TED-like” talks from top experts who study Arctic change, artistic displays, and interactive exhibits. Please take a look at our free Arctic Matters educator resources, including a booklet, classroom poster, and interactive web tool on the Arctic Matters website.
IUGG Resolution Stresses Global Research on Environmental Disruption
An Earth and Space Science News (EOS) review highlights a proposal for increased global research on "potentially disruptive environmental consequences and extremes" adopted at the 2015 IUGG General Assembly. Other resolutions, seven in total, included strengthening research efforts in ocean modeling and energy resources to combat climate change.
Earth and Space Science News Article Examines IAVCEI Initiative
Following the 2015 IUGG General Assembly in Prague, Earth and Space Science News (EOS) has released an article detailing the IAVCEI's particular attention to volcanic landscapes. The article explores various goals of the newly-formed Commission on Volcano Geoheritage and Protected Volcanic Landscapes (VGPL), including the creation of a volcanic science "knowledge hub" and protection of designated UNESCO World Heritage sites.
2015 IUGG General Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic
The Institute of Geophysics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Czech National Committee of Geodesy and Geophysics hosted the XXVI General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) from June 22 to July 2, 2015. This multi-disciplinary conference covered the topics of all eight scientific associations of the IUGG. Conference details can be found on the XXVI IUGG General Assembly website.