About AGU

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Who We Are And What We Do

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is an international non-profit scientific association with more than 60,000 members, working on a broad spectrum of scientific topics that span all of the Earth and space sciences. Established in 1919 as a committee within the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, AGU was independently incorporated in 1972. Since its founding, the organization has been dedicated to furthering Earth and space sciences.

AGU is built on a foundation of shared ideals that include valuing the scientific method, the generation and dissemination of scientific knowledge, free exchange of ideas and information, respect for a diversity of ideas and approaches, accountability to the public, and excellence and integrity in everything we do. Our science is accurate, peer reviewed, and well respected.

Why We Matter

History shows that much of the economic growth we have enjoyed since World War II is the result of strong support for and investments in science and technology. Scientists and engineers make up only four percent of the American workforce, but their work disproportionately creates jobs for the rest of the nation. And, in the case of AGU’s scientists, their work often represents the first line of defense against hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and droughts for tens of millions of people nationwide.

AGU and its members are committed to the practice of relevant and timely scientific research and the communication of those results to public – particularly as it relates to protecting America’s national security, economic competitiveness and public health.