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The Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics (COSG) was established in 2000 and 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:
- foster and encourage understanding of the structure, dynamics and evolution of the Earth;
- review and define basic and applied research activities in seismology, geodesy and geodynamics that contribute to federal agency missions;
- 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;
- foster long-term national efforts to collect, store and openly disseminate seismological, geodetic, and geodynamical data of all types; and
- 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.
Activities of COSG are supported by government and private agencies. In current year, support has come from the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Geological Survey, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation