Citizen Geoscientists Make Their Case on Capitol Hill
Nearly 40 geoscientists came from across the country to raise awareness among policymakers about the value and the continued need for geoscience research, development, and education. Scientists and engineers from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership came to town as part of the fifteenth annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day (SET-CVD).
The event included a LaserFest Exhibition and Reception in honor of the 50th anniversary of the laser. Exhibitors from industry to academia showcased the wide variety of scientific applications of the laser. Included were two geoscience exhibitors—David Phillips from UNAVCO in Colorado and Chris Crosby from OpenTopography at the San Diego Supercomputer Center in California—who demonstrated the versatility and utility of LiDAR data. UNAVCO had a ground-based laser scanner on hand that took three dimensional images of members of Congress and the room during the reception. OpenTopography, an online portal for user-friendly LiDAR data, displayed a variety of high resolution topographic datasets including some “fly-over” videos of major fault lines and recent earthquake surface ruptures.
This year, SET-CVD was organized by 33 groups, including AGI, AGU, UCAR and the Geological Society of America. Thanks to the many participants, the geoscience community is continuing to raise awareness of the science and increase its presence on Capitol Hill.
Full AGI Summary of SET-CVD Event (PDF)
AGU Science Policy Alert (link)
FYI Bulletin from American Institute of Physics (link)
Press Release from UNAVCO (link)
Press Release from OpenTopography (link)
Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day Needs Citizen Geoscientists
Geoscientists are invited to join organized groups of scientists and engineers for workshops and visits with congressional members and committees on April 28-29, 2010. Decision makers need to hear from geoscientists. Become a citizen geoscientist and join many of your colleagues for a workshop at AGU headquarters and a briefing at AAAS headquarters followed by a day conducting visits with members of Congress or congressional staff to express the importance of geoscience research, development, and education.
Several geoscience societies, including AGI, AAPG, AGU and GSA, are involved in organizing these events. Please contact Linda Rowan, firstname.lastname@example.org, Director of Government Affairs at AGI, or the public policy office of one of the other societies with any questions and to sign-up.
More information and additional resources are available on the official SET-CVD web site: www.setcvd.org
View information about last year's event on the AGI events page.
Download a 2010 SET-CVD flyer (PDF) to distribute