Committee on Earth Resources



About CER

The Committee on Earth Resources (CER) was established in 1991 and serves as the focal point within the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources for activities relevant to mineral and energy resources. The committee is responsible for organizing and overseeing studies on issues relevant to the supply, delivery, and associated impacts of hydrocarbon, metallic, and nonmetallic mineral resources, and mineral and nonmineral energy resource systems. The committee:

  1. monitors the status of mineral and energy resource issues;
  2. identifies study opportunities and responds to requests from federal agencies; and
  3. provides a unique forum for discussion and exchange of information among scientists, engineers, and policy makers from government, universities, and industry.


The activities of CER are supported by government and private agencies. In current year, support has come from the U.S. Departments of Energy Office of Fossil Energy and Geothermal Technologies Program, and Health and Human Services, National Instutite for Occupational Safety and Health. 


In recent years, support has also come from the U.S. Departments of the Interior (Minerals Management Service and U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, Office of Subsurface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement), and Labor (Mine Safety and Health Administration); the National Science Foundation; and the Smithsonian Institution. 


Private support has come from the American ASsociation of Petroleum Geologists; American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation; American Geological Institute; Geological Society of America; National Mining Association; Paleontological Society; Petrotechnical Open Software Corporation; Schlumberger, Ltd.; and Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration.