USGS Publication: Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide

The USGS has just published a new blueprint for advancing science and resilience related to subduction zone hazards, entitled Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide – A Plan to Advance Subduction Zone Science. This new Plan describes how the USGS may leverage scientific and technologic developments, address its stakeholder needs, and maximize capabilities through partnerships – with the overall goal of reducing the risks posed by subduction zone events.  The Plan is featured on the USGS main webpage, and a quick summary of the Plan is provided in an accompanying Fact Sheet (written for a general audience).

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GeoPRISMS Newsletter Available: Spring 2017

GeoPRISMS Newsletter Spring 2017 issue

Click the banner to read the Spring 2017 issue of the GeoPRISMS newsletter

The Spring edition of the GeoPRISMS newsletter include a  “Report from the Field” from Ninfa Bennington and Kerry Key on their work on arc melt generation beneath Okmok Volcano, and a Science Report from Anne Bécel on her investigation of the breakup and spreading history of the Eastern North American Margin.
This edition also includes:
  • NSF Update and Program Solicitation
  • Recent GeoPRISMS NSF Awards
  • GSOC Highlights – Spring 2017
  • Workshop Report – Theoretical & Experimental Institute for the RIE Initiative
  • Distinguished Lectureship Program Speakers 2017-2018
  • GeoPRISMS Data Portal Status Report
  • GeoPRISMS activities at the AGU Fall Meeting 2016
Printed copies of the newsletter will be mailed soon.
The GeoPRISMS Office

Apply to host a GeoPRISMS Distinguished Speaker

GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lectureship Program (DLP), 2017 – 2018

Deadline: July 10, 2017

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The GeoPRISMS Office is happy to announce the annual GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lectureship Program for academic year 2017-2018 with an outstanding speakers list. Distinguished scientists involved with GeoPRISMS science are available to visit US colleges and universities to present technical and public lectures on subjects related to GeoPRISMS science.

Any US college or university can apply to host a DLP speaker. Applications are due July 10, 2017 for visiting speakers in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Institutions that are not currently involved with GeoPRISMS research are strongly encouraged to apply, including those granting undergraduate or masters degrees, as well as those with PhD programs. Institutions may request a technical and/or public lecture. The GeoPRISMS Office will cover airfare for speakers’ travel and will coordinate travel and off-site logistics. Host institutions are responsible for local expenses for the duration of the visit.

Visit the GeoPRISMS website to apply and learn more about the speakers and talks available:


Also, please review the DLP Best Practices for making the most of your visiting speaker:


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2017-2018 Speakers:

Cynthia Ebinger (Tulane University)
Public Lecture: Recipe for continental rifting: Flavors of East Africa
Technical Lecture: Earthquakes within continental plates: How, where, and why it matters
Esteban Gazel (Cornell University)
Public Lecture: The rocks that joined the Americas: Is there a connection with climate and evolution of life?
Technical Lecture: Making young continents in arcs
Heather Savage (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)
Public lecture: The science and pseudoscience of earthquake prediction
Technical lecture: Understanding deformation in fault zones over multiple seismic cycles
Brandon Schmandt (University of New Mexico)
Public Lecture: Exploring the roots of volcanoes with seismology
Technical Lecture: Investigation of Mount St. Helens earthquakes and magma plumbing with a hybrid natural and controlled source seismic survey

Important Update: Provision of Marine Seismic Capabilities….(NSF 17-563)

The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) of the National Science Foundation recently issued NSF 17-563, a solicitation entitled “Provision of Marine Seismic Capabilities to the U.S. Research Community”.

OCE has recently received additional information of potential relevance for collaborations. This information is provided as an option only and does not modify the solicitation.

For more information, please go to this www site:


Rick Murray
Director, Division of Ocean Sciences