AGU Inaugural Policy Conference Spotlights Geoscience Insights for Economy, Public Safety, National Security

6 March 2012

Joint Release

As natural disasters surge, natural resource issues increase, oceans rise and grow more degraded, and the Arctic undergoes rapid change, policy makers can utilize scientific knowledge to surmount challenges to our economy, public safety, and national security. To promote exchange among scientists, policy makers and others, the world’s largest organization of Earth and space scientists, the American Geophysical Union, invites you to this gathering of scientists, government representatives, NGOs, and other stakeholders.

WHAT:  AGU Science Policy Conference
WHERE:  Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.
WHEN:  1-2 May 2012

The conference will feature dozens of eminent speakers from top levels of government, the military, scientific institutions and societies, universities, environmental organizations, industry, and agriculture, in four tracks, covering:

  • Natural Hazards: public safety, economic tolls, national policy, severe weather mitigation, regional and local prospects, space weather
  • Natural Resources: hydraulic fracturing, food security, critical minerals, coastal and water management, energy and renewables
  • Oceans: national policy, acidification, research for sustainability
  • Arctic Forum: ecosystem change, transportation and energy development, Arctic security

View conference agenda and speakers



About AGU
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AGU Contact:
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