BESR Meeting

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources Fall 2014 Meeting

November 2014

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources Spring 2014 Meeting 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Keck Center | 500 5th Street NW | Room 101 | 09:30-16:15
“Our Changing Globe: The Challenges and Value of Monitoring Earth Processes”


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Keynote: Michael Steinberg, Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives AccuWeather, Inc.

 Panel 1: “The value of monitoring: What has been monitored and what are the success stories?”


Keynote: Tim Stryker, National Science Technology Council/Office of Science and Technology Policy

Panel 2: “How do we manage and use the data? Where are we headed?”

  • Charles Mandeville, U.S. Geological Survey with Tina Neal, U.S. Geological Survey (via WebEx)
  • Janis L. Dickinson, Cornell University Lab of Ornithology
  • John LaBrecque, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Peter Fox, Rensselaer Polytechnic University
  • Glen Mattioli, UNAVCO


Meeting of the Committee on Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies

March 31, 2014 

Golden, Colorado | Colorado School of Mines


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Board on Earth Sciences and Resources 25th Anniversary Meeting: Examining Current and Future Earth Science Issues for the Nation 

 November 18, 2013


National Academy of Sciences Building
2100 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20418
Room 120

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Keynote Addresses:

Dr. William L. Fisher, Professor and Leonidas T. Barrow Chair, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator (No slides)
Dr. Suzette Kimball, Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey

Panel DiscussionEarth sciences and resources for the public good:

Dr. Suzette Kimball, Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Wendy Harrison, Division Director, Earth Sciences, National Science Foundation
Dr. John Labrecque, Lead, Earth Surface and Interior, Science Mission Directorate,   National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Dr. Nick Woodward, Program Manager, Office of Science, Department of Energy


Afternoon Talks:

Dr. Thomas Jordan, Professor, University of Southern California | Director, Southern California Earthquake Center
Dr. Michael Goodchild, Professor emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Shaowen Wang, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Carlos Santamarina, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Wesley Patrick, Vice President, Southwest Research Institute
Dr. Jonathan Price, State Geologist emeritus, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Dr. Murray Hitzman, Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology, Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Susan Brantley, Professor, Pennsylvania State University


Meeting of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

May 7-8, 2013

The Keck Center 
Room 101 
500 Fifth Street NW 
Washington, DC 20001


"Effective Communication of Earth Science and Engineering Information"

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Panel 1—Perspectives from Capitol Hill
Kathleen Benedetto—Legislative staff, House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Patricia Beneke—Democratic Senior Counsel for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Nicole Carter—Natural Resources Specialist, Congressional Research Service
Peter Folger—Energy and Natural Resources Specialist, Congressional Research Service


Communicating Earth science at NASA—presentation
Stephen Cole, Earth science lead for NASA’s Office of Communications


Panel discussion 2—Communicating with a diverse public
Maeve Boland—Director of Geoscience Policy, American Geosciences Institute
John Gibbons—Press Secretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution
Brenda Pierce—Program Coordinator, Energy Resources Program, U.S. Geological Survey
Randy Showstack—Senior writer, Eos, American Geophysical Union
Dan Vergano—Science and society writer, USA Today
Kasey White—Geological Society of America Director for Geoscience Policy 


Meeting of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

The Keck Center
Room 101
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC, 20001


Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University --Between Two Fires: An American Story - Presentation

 I. How do we understand fire?


Elizabeth Reinhardt, U.S. Forest Service—Overview of Wildland Fire Occurrence and Trends in the United States - Presentation

Rod Linn, Los Alamos National Laboratory—Complexities of Wildfire Behavior

John Cissel, Joint Fire Science Program— Wildfire Research Directions and Approaches: View from the Joint Fire Science Program - Presentation


II. How do we understand fire resilience in wildlands?


Craig Allen, U.S. Geological Survey—Forests, Climate, and Wildfire

Jacob Bendix, Syracuse University— Fire at the Biogeomorphic Interface: Complex Interactions in Watersheds - Presentation


III. How do we understand resilience in fire-prone communities?

Sarah McCaffrey , U.S. Forest Service—Wildfire Resilience and Societal Dynamics - Presentation

Stephen Quarles, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety—Vulnerabilities of and Mitigation Strategies for Buildings Subjected to Wildfire Exposures - Presentation

• Danny Lee, U.S. Forest Service—Using Science to Inform Policy: A Cohesive Strategy for Wildland Fire Management

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Meeting of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

May 9, 2012  


10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Keck Center
Washington, DC

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Contact Courtney Gibbs to register at or (202)334-2744

May 8, 2012

Keck Center Room 100

BESR-CER co-hosted lecture by Dr. Rusty Riese, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer
“Oil spills, ethics, and society:  How they intersect and where the responsibilities lie”


Meeting of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
in conjuction with the Geographical Sciences Committee

 October 5-6, 2011

Beckman Center
Huntington Room
Irvine, CA

Meeting will feature a roundtable on "Dam Removal, Reengineering And Repurposing For River Restoration"

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BESR Agenda Bkgrd copyNational Wildfire Resilience

Meeting of the

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

National Research Council of the National Academies

The Keck Center

Room 101

500 Fifth Street NW

Washington, DC, 20001 


November 1, 2012