Geoscience Briefing Series: Practical Geoscience to Inform Legislation

2017 Briefing Series: Geoscience and the U.S. Economy

Presented by American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, American Geosciences Institute, American Meteorological Society, Association of American State Geologists, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Consortium for Ocean Leadership,  Geological Society of America, National Ground Water Association, National Science Foundation—Directorate for Geosciences, Soil Science Society of America, U.S. Geological Survey

Background:   A healthy and robust U.S. economy depends upon safe and reliable supplies of resources: energy, raw materials, water, and food.  Geoscientists gather and interpret data about the Earth and other planets, providing information, tools, and expertise to improve our understanding of these resources and how they contribute to strengthening our economy.  Geoscientists also examine hazards such as earthquakes, droughts, volcanic eruptions, and severe weather events that may cost lives, damage infrastructure, and disrupt communications.

A series of 1-hour briefings will highlight the importance of the geosciences to the U.S. economy. The first briefing will provide an overview of the importance of geoscience to supporting healthy and secure growth and maintenance of U.S. infrastructure. Additional briefings may address energy, water, and natural hazards and how geoscience helps to understand, manage, and approach their influence on the U.S. economy.

Part 2: Critical Minerals: Geoscience that Underlies our Economic Prosperity

5 October 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00pm in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2456.

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Part 1: Building the Modern World: Geoscience that Underlies Our Economic Prosperity

12 June 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00pm in Cannon House Office Building, Room 122.

Hosted by Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA -47)


  • Emily Coyner, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
  • Austin Becker, University of Rhode Island
  • Brian Banks, Schnabel Engineering


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