Earth Sciences: Workshop Reports/Summaries

The Division hosts many workshops, symposia, and other meetings that provide information or bring together policy-makers, members of industry, scientists, and the general public to discuss timely issues. Discussions at workshops and other events are often published in workshop summaries, websites, newsletters, and other formats to preserve and make publicly accessible the information or discussions from the event.

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Development of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources in the Appalachian Basin: (2014)

A growing fraction of the oil and gas produced in the United States comes from unconventional source--geographically extensive accumulations of hydrocarbons in low-permeability rock such as shale or siltstone. Generally, these resources--which include shale gas, coalbed methane, and gas hydrates--are freed from the rock by hydraulic fracturing. However, the consequences of this practice, and other aspects of unconventional hydrocarbon production... More >>

Grand Challenges in Earthquake Engineering Research: A Community Workshop Report (2011)

In recent years, significant advances have been made in the science and technology of earthquake engineering, but problems, barriers, and bottlenecks still stand in the way of making the nation earthquake resilient. To help plan future research investments in the field, the NRC hosted a workshop to discuss next-generation U.S. needs for basic earthquake engineering research. Workshop participants from a variety of disciplines assembled t... More >>

New Research Directions for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (2010)

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency within the Department of Defense has the primary mission of providing timely, relevant, and accurate imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information—collectively known as geospatial intelligence—in support of national security. With this goal, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency sponsors research that builds the scientific foundation for geospatial intelligence, and has historicall... More >>

Applications of Social Network Analysis for Building Community Disaster Resilience: Workshop Summary (2009)

Social network analysis identifies the relationships and attributes of members, key actors, and groups that make up social networks. This document sums up discussions at a workshop held February 11-12, 2009, at the request of the Department of Homeland Security, to provide guidance on a potential research agenda to increase the effectiveness of social network analysis for improving community disaster resilience. <p> Researchers gathere... More >>

Research and Applications Needs in Flood Hydrology Science: A Summary of the October 15, 2008 Workshop (2009)

Flood damages have increased greatly over the past century, in part because of increased development in floodplain areas. Unfortunately, conventional methods used to understand and plan for flooding -- for example by considering flood risk when designing structures and setting insurance rates -- have become outdated. This report summarizes the discussions at a two-day workshop held by the National Research Council to foster dialogue among th... More >>