Science Policy

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New and Updated Position Statements

GSA Council recently approved a new position statement, Responsible Geologic Fieldwork Practices, and revised four others.

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Check out our Member Policy Toolkit to find videos, articles, and other resources to help you engage with Congress.

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Solutions through Geoscience

GSA has partnered with NSF and the geoscience community to gather input and identify solutions to modern challenges.

Climate Change Solutions

Learn about this initiative and read the report

GeoHealth Solutions

Learn about this initiative and read the report


Events & Briefings

Experience Capitol Hill
Join the Geoscience and Public Policy in Washington, D.C., field trip during the 2023 Joint Southeastern & Northeastern Section Meeting.
Learn more and register.

Posted 1/25/2023

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day
GEO-CVD will take place 15–16 September 2022 in Washington, D.C. Apply to attend by 31 July!
Learn more and apply.

Posted 7/8/2022

Unpredictable & Dangerous: Lessons from the 2022 Tonga Eruption
Fri., 24 June 2022, 12–1 p.m. EDT
The Congressional Hazards Caucus and Hazards Caucus Alliance are hosting a webinar that will explain the science behind the Tonga eruption and discuss what lessons the research community has taken away that could help improve the U.S.’s disaster preparedness and response for future events. Learn more and register.

Posted 6/13/2022


Engaging with Federal Agencies
Are you looking for more ways to put your geoscience expertise to use and engage with policymakers? You might already be familiar with GSA’s Congressional Visits Days, but there are also opportunities to make your voice heard in the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.

Posted 3/21/2023

A Framework for Federal Scientific Integrity Policy and Practice
The White House recently released a framework that provides resources for agencies to develop and improve scientific integrity policies, practices, and culture.

Posted 3/15/2023

Ocean, Hazards Bills Enacted into Law
In a flurry of activity just before the holidays, several science policy bills, mostly related to oceans and hazards, passed at the end of the 117th Congress and were signed into law.

Posted 2/17/2023

Testimony & Letters

Letter Urging Congress to reject cuts to non-defense discretionary appropriations
GSA joined more than 700 organizations to sign a letter to calling on Congress to reject cuts to non-defense discretionary appropriations.
Posted 5/19/2023

GSA Submits Testimony Supporting USGS
The testimony notes that increases in funding "will allow the USGS to implement new initiatives, maintain the base funding for critical research and monitoring, fill vacant positions, and address deferred maintenance on existing facilities."
Posted 5/19/2023

GSA Submits Testimony Supporting NSF and NASA
GSA submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee supporting "increased investments in geoscience research and education at NSF and NASA."
Posted 4/18/2023