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American Geosciences Institute - October 2020

Mini-Poster Summarizes Critical Needs of Geoscience

Want to explore the role of Earth science in the world? Want to understand how geoscience relates to society, government policy, and the economy? Want to focus such discussions on the top issues of today? Print or download the new "Critical Needs in Geoscience Mini-Poster" available digitally online from AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week, today.

AGI and its federation of geoscience societies have collaborated again to provide an overview of critical issues and policy recommendations for the next presidential administration, federal agencies, and the U.S. Congress. AGI's new mini-poster summarizes the key points of the full document, "Geosciences Supporting a Thriving Society in a Changing World," which informs policymakers about ways that the geoscience knowledge, experience, and ingenuity can address society's most pressing issues.

The nine identified areas of critical needs are:

  • Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change
  • Ensuring Access to Clean Water
  • Developing Energy to Power the Nation
  • Building Resiliency to Natural Hazards
  • Promoting Healthy and Productive Soils
  • Providing Minerals for Modern Society
  • Securing Thriving Oceans and Coastal Areas
  • Managing Waste to Maintain a Healthy Environment
  • Developing a Diverse and Robust Workforce

Every four years, AGI Member Societies come together to develop a shared statement on critical needs. The resulting document, known as the Critical Needs Document, not only identifies needs but provides examples of how the geosciences address those challenges.
Find printable and downloadable versions of the Critical Needs in Geoscience Mini-Poster online at Earth Science Week's Downloadable Images and Logos. To view the full Cricial Needs Document, visit AGI Geoscience Policy. A printed version of the full document is available for purchase at


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