Initial Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Participating Organizations

American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in our profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resilience to natural hazards, and the health of the environment.

Critical Zone Observatories
Critical Zone Observatories are environmental laboratories established to study the chemical, physical and biological processes that shape the Earth's surface. The National CZO Program serves the international scientific community through research, infrastructure, data, and models.

  • Data: wide variety of data sets available from each of the 6 CZO sites. Data not centralized.
  • Research: accessibly written. distributed between the various sites. Not centralized.
  • Visualizations: embedded in research pages
  • Critical Zone Exploration Network

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)
CUAHSI is a research organization representing more than 130 U.S. universities and international water science-related organizations. CUAHSI develops infrastructure and services for the advancement of water science in the United States.

Drilling, Observation and Sampling of the Earths Continental Crust (DOSECC)
DOSECC is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide leadership and technical support in subsurface sampling and monitoring technology for addressing topics of scientific and societal importance. Fifty-three research organizations are members of DOSECC.

  • Newsroom provide research results and discussion that is broadly accessible.
  • 2 handbooks - Lake and Marine sediment drilling, best practices in drilling programs
  • grant programs for grad/undergrad/teachers - apps March 1 (pub via NAGT)
  • lightweight portable drilling rig for field camps

EarthScope -

EarthScope Education and Outreach -

GeoPRISMS is a decadal program, funded by NSF, committed to the amphibious study of the origin and evolution of continental margins through interdisciplinary, community-based investigations.

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
IRIS is a consortium of over 100 US universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. IRIS programs contribute to scholarly research, education, earthquake hazard mitigation, and verification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

National Center for Earth surface Dynamics (NCED) – [ ( This site may be offline. ) ]
The National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, an NSF Science and Technology Center, is a partnership of research and educational institutions, government agencies, and industry that pursues its goal of predictive Earth-surface science by integrating physical, biological, and social sciences to understand how landscapes and ecosystems evolve together.

National Park Service (NPS)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
SCEC is a community of over 600 scientists, students, and others at over 60 institutions worldwide, headquartered at the University of Southern California. SCEC is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a comprehensive understanding of earthquakes in Southern California and elsewhere, and to communicate useful knowledge for reducing earthquake risk.

SCEC's Office of Experiential Learning & Career Advancement offers two internship programs for college undergraduate students. SCEC/SURE interns are paired one-on-one with a SCEC scientist at that researcher's institution or field site. SCEC/UseIT (Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology) is a team based program where interns develop technical tools to communicate important concepts about earthquakes in Southern California and other earthquake-prone regions.

The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) and the ECA EPIcenter Network
The ECA is a public-private partnership of leading earthquake professionals, emergency managers, government officials, business and community leaders, and others. The mission of the ECA is to support and coordinate efforts which improve earthquake and tsunami resilience. Among its many activities the ECA plans and implements the annual ShakeOut drill. The ECA is administered by the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC.

The Earthquake Education and Public Information Center (EPIcenter) Network is a community of free-choice learning institutions within the ECA that share a commitment to earthquake and tsunami preparedness. They coordinate ECA activities (e.g. ShakeOut) or in other ways demonstrate leadership in earthquake education and risk reduction. EPIcenters are found in a variety of free-choice learning venues such as museums, science centers, libraries, and universities. The EPIcenter Network has flourished through its many collaborative efforts with IRIS, EarthScope, NEES, USGS, the California Geological Survey (CGS), and the Quake Catcher Network.

Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
SERC works to improve education through projects that support educators. Although the work has a particular emphasis on undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, SERC has worked with educators across a broad range of disciplines and at all educational levels.

The mission of UNAVCO's Education and Community Engagement Program is to promote a broader understanding of Earth science through the scientific methods, data, and results of the unique suite of scientific research of UNAVCO's community. We will foster collaboration between the scientific and educational communities and will increase the number and diversity of students to strengthen and sustain the next generation of Earth scientists.

United States Geologic Survey (USGS)
The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.