27 July 2012
AGU Science Policy Alert 12-31
The American Geophysical Union invites its members to submit proposals for new position statements. An AGU position statement serves as a public statement of AGU, has a lifespan of four years with renewal potential, and is governed by the AGU Council.
AGU publishes position statements that address a current societal, policy, or academic issue with a scientific overlap relevant to the AGU community. Proposers of position statements must first read the existing AGU position statements and be able to identify:
- The goal and intended outcome(s) of the statement
- The audience for the statement
- The need for the statement
- A potential dissemination plan for the statement
Current Position Statements
- Climate Issues
- Data Management and Research Policy
- Earth and Space Science Data Should Be Widely Accessible in Multiple Formats and Long-term Preservation of Data is an Integral Responsibility of Scientists and Sponsoring Institutions
- The U.S. Government has a Critical Role in Supporting Basic Research in the Earth and Space Sciences
- AGU Supports Free and Open Communication of Scientific Findings
- The Capability to Monitor the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) Should be Expanded, Completed, and Maintained
- Education and Academia
- Natural Hazards
- Ocean Sciences
Proposers must submit a Position Statement Proposal Form. The Position Statement Project Team of the Outreach Committee will review the proposal and make a recommendation to the Outreach Committee. The Outreach Committee will then vote on whether or not to recommend that a position statement should be written on the topic, by majority vote of those voting. If the Outreach Committee recommends that a new statement be written, a panel will be selected using nominations from relevant AGU Sections/Focus Groups, Council, the Outreach Committee, and AGU staff.
The recommended timeline for development and publishing of a new position statement after a panel has been selected is 7 months.