2011–2012 Events

 2012 Events

American Geophysical Union/Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Legal Education Webinar Series
In recent years, an increasing number of scientists have found themselves involved in legal discussions about their work, their correspondence, and their public statements. To better prepare the scientific community for these challenges, AGU and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund have put together a legal education program for the scientific community. The goal is to both give a primer on the legal issues facing scientists and update them on legal situations currently making their way through the courts. The legal education program includes webinars and Fall Meeting events featuring some of the lawyers and scientists on the front lines of climate science litigation.

Science Supporting National Security Briefing Washington, DC, 19 September 2012
Scientific and technological innovations help secure our nation from natural and man-made threats to our safety. Research and development in fields as diverse as Arctic research and supercomputing contribute immensely to national security. Our experts will discuss the scientific advances keeping us safe, and what innovations we need to meet current and future security challenges.

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day Washington, DC, 11 – 12 September 2012

Fire, Food, and Water: 40 Years of Landsat Briefing Washington, DC, 23 July 2012, 15:30 – 17:00 ET

For forty years, Landsat has protected and enhanced our quality of life by tracking changes on the Earth’s surface over time, creating a vast global database of land images and data. Join us as our panel of experts discusses how Landsat helps us track wildfires, assess agricultural challenges, and mitigate water management issues. Providing hundreds of millions of dollars in estimated value to the U.S. economy per year, Landsat is an essential program to provide for our nation’s future remote sensing needs.

District Congressional Visits Webinar 26 July 2012 15:00 – 16:00 ET

Get involved and speak out for science! During the month of August, Congress will be in recess and back in their districts and states. This is a great opportunity to schedule a visit to discuss the important role of science in building our economy and securing the health of our society and planet. Whether you are a rookie or seasoned pro, join us for an hour long webinar on the “how-to” of having a successful district visit. If interested in participating in the webinar, RSVP to sciencepolicy@agu.org by 24 July. View the video.

Hydraulic Fracturing — The State of the Science briefing Washington, DC, 8 June 2012

Hydraulic fracturing is a relatively new process that allows for the production of unconventional oil and natural gas. Proponents advocate for development on the basis of economic and energy advancement while others raise concerns about possible environmental effects associated with development. Speakers focused on the role of science in decision making and on providing the best possible scientific information for planning, developing policy, and making resource management decisions. View the video.

AMS Summer Policy Colloquium Washington, DC, 3–12 June 2012

The AMS Summer Policy Colloquium brings a select group of graduate students and professionals to Washington, D.C. for an intense, ten-day immersion in atmospheric policy. AGU is partnering with AMS for the second year to provide communications training for scientists at the colloquium.

Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception Washington, DC, 15 May 2012

AGU scientists spent Tuesday, 15 May on Capitol Hill advocating for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and demonstrating their research funded by NSF’s RAPID funding mechanism. Throughout the day, the scientists met with Congressional offices and committees to discuss their research and highlight the importance of NSF funding for Earth sciences. The visits were then followed by the 18th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception, which features science, mathematics, education, and engineering research supported by NSF. View the video.

AGU Science Policy Conference 2012 Washington, DC, 30 Apr – 3 May 2012

Join us as AGU brings together scientists, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss key Earth and space science topics that are relevant in today’s public policy environment.
This new meeting will focus on the science that helps inform policymakers’ decisions related to natural hazards, natural resources, oceans, and the Arctic. Registration will open soon!

Saving Lives in the Path of Destructive Tornadoes Washington, DC, 29 March 2012

On the late afternoon of 22 May, 2011, a Level 5 tornado struck the town of Joplin, Missouri, wreaking unimaginable havoc. It was only the second to last major tornado outbreak in a record 2011 season that in all caused $25 billion in insured losses and 552 fatalities. The 2012 tornado season is once again off to an early and explosive start, as deadly tornadoes ripped through Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, and many other states on 2 March, resulting in more deaths and the leveling of towns. View the Video.

Faults in the East: New Madrid Fault Zone and Recent Virginia Earthquake Washington, DC, 29 March 2012

The New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones affect 8 states – Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama. The briefing will discuss efforts to understand earthquakes in the East and to reduce risks to life, property and infrastructure. View the Video.

Tsunami Preparedness: Understanding our Nation’s Risk and Response briefing  21 Mar 2012

In the United States, Congress passed legislation to improve tsunami warning systems, preparation and education. In the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, our panelists discussed how we can improve our understanding, preparation, and warnings for this very real threat to the U.S. View the video.

Research That Pays Off: Economic Benefits of Federally Funded R&D briefing  16 Mar 2012

This engaging panel discussed the critical contributions that federal R&D have made to American industry in recent decades, how federally-funded R&D could continue to return dividends, and what effect this investment could have on long term economic prosperity. It turns out that many of the great economic engines of recent times had their start as federally funded initiatives. View the video.

Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill   31 Jan – 1 Feb 2012

AGU scientists researching various aspects of climate change came to Washington, DC, for the second annual Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill. The scientists met with legislators and their staff to discuss the importance of climate science for their districts and the nation and offer help in sorting through the vast amount of information that is publicly available regarding climate.

2011 Events

Drowning and Drought: Extreme Weather Impacts on our Economy and Society Congressional Briefing   2 December 2011

2011 has been a record year for weather disasters. From historic drought in Texas to record-breaking flooding in North Dakota, to an unprecedented number (> 5600) of record high temperatures across the United States, much of the country has seen severe damage from extreme weather. The year is not yet over, and economic losses already exceed $45 billion. This lunch briefing with leading experts will examine extreme weather hazards, with a case study on the Texas drought, their relationship to changes in our climate, and how the country can better prepare for such events. View the video

Geo Congressional Visits Day   20–21 September 2011

Decision makers need to hear from geoscientists. Become a citizen geoscientist and join many of your colleagues for this two-day event uniting geoscience researchers, professionals, students, educators, engineers, and executives in Washington, DC, to raise visibility and support for the geosciences.

Which Hazards Are in Your Backyard? A Showcase of NSF-Funded Hazards Research   7 September 2011

This event will showcase NSF-funded basic research in recognition of National Preparedness Month in September and in light of the recent East Coast earthquake and hurricane. Interactive demonstrations will illustrate the power and potential of new tools that enable policymakers and response teams on the federal, state, and local levels to better predict, prepare for, mitigate and respond to hazards that affect human life and property.

Planning for the Unpredictable: Improving Transportation Resilience to Severe Weather   10 August 2011

Changes in climate norms may cause us to rethink how we design and maintain infrastructure. This briefing will inform us on how transportation can accommodate new weather patterns, where the gaps and vulnerabilities remain, and how federal policy and guidance can encourage best practices in adapting to climate change.

Severe Weather Briefing   3 August 2011

AGU, in conjunction with the American Meteorological Society and Ball Aerospace, sponsored a briefing on Severe Weather on 3 August 2011. Distinguished panelists discussed the repercussions of life without our nation’s weather satellites

Solar Storms: Disruptions to Technology & Risks to the Economy   22 June 2011

Learn about solar storms and space weather and how they affect technology, including satellites, communications, GPS, and phones.

Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day   6–7 April 2011

SET-CVD is a two-day event bringing scientists, engineers, researchers, educators and technology executives to Capitol Hill to talk to Congressional offices about the importance of support for science, engineering and technology.

Earthquakes & Tsunamis: What Happened in Japan and What It Means for the U.S.  21 March 2011

An overview of the Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Discussion included rapid response to natural hazards as well as the latest information radioactive plumes from a potential nuclear explosion in Japan.

Leadership Summit on Climate Science Communication  7–8 March 2011

AGU recently hosted the first summit of scientific society leaders to discuss how organizations like AGU can help their members communicate climate science more effectively to policymakers and other stakeholders.

Winter Wonderland: Extremes, Hazards and Blackouts – What Gives?  2 March 2011

AGU, with UCAR and the Weather Coalition, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the links between recent severe snow events and climate change, and how these events affect commerce, transportation, and the energy grid.


Ocean and Coastal Science Community Welcome Reception  10 February 2011

Celebrate the beginning of the 112th Congress as we discuss how advancements in ocean and coastal science can benefit the nation’s economy and ecosystems. This reception offers an opportunity to interact with ocean and coastal experts and congressional members and staff to explore innovative policy solutions.