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U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey USGS contributions to unified space weather operation David Applegate & Jeffrey J. Love U.S. Geological Survey June 21, 2011
Statuatory Roles and Responsibilities USGS has the delegated federal responsibility to provide notifications and warnings for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides. USGS seismic networks support NOAA’s tsunami warnings. USGS streamgages and storm surge monitors support NOAA’s flood and severe weather (including hurricane) warnings. USGS geomagnetic observatories support NOAA and AFWA geomagnetic storm forecasts. USGS geospatial information supports response operations for wildfire and many other disasters.
Structure and management now align with the major science directions of Circular 1309: Climate and Land Use Change Ecosystems Natural Hazards Water Core Science Systems Energy, Minerals & Environmental Health Science Strategy Planning Teams (SSPTs) exist for these 6 directions, now called Mission Areas USGS Changes in Organizational Structure and Science Planning Process Circular 1309 – the starting point
Hazards Science Strategy Planning Team The H-SSPT is charged to report to the Director on near and longer term science goals. The report will guide future investment and initiatives. The process must involve scientists, managers, and other stakeholders. The team is composed of “seats”, one of which is geomagnetism: Input welcome! www.usgs.gov/start_with_science/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission of USGS Geomagnetism Program Monitor Earth's magnetic field using ground-based magnetic observatories Provide continuous, high-temporal resolution, accurate records of magnetic field variations covering long timescales Disseminate magnetic data to various governmental, academic, and private institutions, including NOAA and USAF Conduct research for scientific understanding and hazard mitigation 110-year history $2 million/year 12 FTE 14 observatories
Role of USGS in Unified National Space Weather Capability Provide ground-based component of observation and tracking of magnetic storms Deliver indices of storm intensity and work with NSWP partners so that the right people get the right information at the right time to protect infrastructure and minimize impacts Promote global cooperation building on existing partnerships through Intermagnet working with both economically developed and economically emergent countries