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Support for FY17 Science Funding
The Task Force on American Innovation – a coalition that includes GSA – sent a letter to congressional leaders that "strongly urges Congress to complete the FY17 appropriations process this year, and to ensure that key agencies supporting scientific research receive robust funding."
The USGS Coalition sent a letter warning that a year-long continuing resolution would "negatively impact the ability of the USGS to engage in long-term monitoring related to natural hazards, water, and environmental health." In addition, a coalition of geoscience organizations letter urged Members "to support strong investments in ... key Earth and space science agencies and avoid policy riders that deprioritize the geosciences."
Science and the Election
GSA, Science Debate, and 54 other organizations asked the presidential candidates 20 questions on science, engineering, health, tech and environmental issues facing voters. [ website | pdf ]
Hazards Caucus Alliance Presents "Lahars: Preparing for Volcanic Landslides"
Join us for a 12 July congressional briefing, co-sponsored by GSA, that will highlight potential threats posed by lahars and ongoing research to better understand how and when the volcanic landslides occur.
Thirty-One Top Scientific Societies Speak with One Voice on Global Climate Change
In a consensus letter to U.S. policymakers, a partnership of 31 leading nonpartisan scientific societies, including GSA, reaffirmed the reality of human-caused climate change, noting that the "severity of climate change impacts is increasing and is expected to increase substantially in the coming decades.”
Advances in Earth Science: Data as a National Asset for Decision-Making
Join us for a 22 June congressional briefing, co-sponsored by GSA, that will highlight how earthquake, air quality, and water quality data can inform important policy decisions to effectively prepare for natural disasters and manage natural resources. A companion webinar will be held Monday, 25 July.
Current Congressional Appropriations for FY2017 Keep Geoscience Funding Relatively Flat
With limited days in session before the election, the House and Senate are moving quickly on appropriations bills. In good news, the House and Senate appropriations bills and the bills’ associated reports do not limit geoscience (or social, behavioral and economic science) funding. GSA joined other geoscience organizations to thank committee leaders for their support.
Advances in Earth Science: Offshore Energy
Join us for a 14 June webinar, which is co-sponsored by GSA, that will bring together experts from academia, industry, and government to explain the scientific and engineering tools that enable production in challenging offshore environments. Based on a 16 May congressional briefing, speakers will also address the environmental challenges of offshore energy production.
Support for Research Funding
GSA signed letters to congressional leaders by the Energy Sciences Coalition, Coalition for National Science Funding, and Task Force on American Innovation that support science research funding.
GSA Testifies in Support of Geoscience Research
GSA submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science in support of NSF and NASA and to the House and Senate Subcommittee on Interior in support of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Contact GSA's Washington D.C. office any time
Kasey S. White
Director for Geoscience Policy
Geological Society of America
1200 New York Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
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Roles of the Geology and Public Policy Committee, the Geology and Society Division, and GSA's Washington, D.C., Office
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