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IRIS “Seismological Grand Challenges…” Report Now Available

14 May 2009

A report entitled “Seismological Grand Challenges in Understanding Earth’s Dynamic Systems,” [8 MB PDF] is now available in electronic form from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) website.

This report is drawn from the many presentations and discussions at a September 2008 Workshop on a Long Range Science Plan for Seismology, attended by ~120 members of the seismological and geophysical research community. Financial support for the LRSPS Workshop was provided by the National Science Foundation. Logistical support for the LRSPS Workshop and for preparation and dissemination of this report were provided by IRIS. Initial drafts of this report were openly available and commented on by the seismological community. This final report is being submitted to the National Science Foundation and other US Federal agencies.

Based on this report, a four-page “Summary for Policy Makers” [4 MB PDF] was prepared. The summary, available in electronic form and in print, highlights the social benefits from seismological research and lists some investments for research and education – carried out in universities, the private sector, and government agencies – that are required for further progress. The summary is a useful publication for seismologists looking to explain the importance of their work to legislators, government officials, and other non-scientists.

To request a printed version of either publication, email Teresa Saavedra at teresa [at] iris [dot] edu.

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