Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics


The Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics (COSG) serves as the focal point for community discussion and community-agency interaction on issues related to the structure, dynamics, and evolution of the Earth. The mission of the committee is to organize and oversee studies, workshops, and forums that will:

  1. foster and encourage understanding of the structure, dynamics and evolution of the Earth;
  2. review and define basic and applied research activities in seismology, geodesy and geodynamics that contribute to federal agency missions;
  3. address the transfer of seismological and geodynamics knowledge to areas of public welfare and national need including topics such as earthquake science; geological hazards; energy, mineral, and water resources; national security; global climate change; land-use planning; and public education;
  4. foster long-term national efforts to collect, store and openly disseminate seismological, geodetic, and geodynamical data of all types; and
  5. foster long-term national efforts to monitor geodynamical events as well as nuclear testing treaties using geophysical technologies.


The committee also serves as the U.S. member of the International Lithosphere Program.

Organized: 2000