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COU Coordinator: Geologic Hazards
Lance Clampitt Lance S. Clampitt
Bozeman, MT

Geologic Hazards Liaisons
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USGS Geospatial Liaisons - Geologic Hazards

About Partner and User Engagement
An addition to the long-standing partnership functions of The National Map is an emerging initiative to systematically reach out to priority user communities. The goal of user engagement is to gather feedback on the products and services of The National Map so that future development will best meet USGS and Department of the Interior science objectives and provide the greatest value and impact for the Nation. Priority user communities include Geologic Mapping, Geologic Hazards, Natural Resources Conservation, and Water Resources.

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Community of Use (COU): Geologic Hazards Technical Committee
The Geologic Hazards Community of Use Technical Committee was formally established on February 15, 2013. The Technical committee assists the COU coordinator in understanding and prioritizing enhancement requests submitted by users.

The following individuals from various USGS hazards-related mission areas have been identified as initial participants:

Jeanne Jones - USGS
Dave Ramsey - USGS
Dan Doctor - USGS
Kyle House - USGS Research Geologist
John Barras - USGS
John Brock - USGS
Xan Fredericks - USGS
John Kosovich - USGS
Steven E. Brown - Illinois State Geological Survey
Mike Hendricks - State of Alaska, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys
Ken Woods - State of Alaska, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys
Scotty McColloch - West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey
Adam Mosbrucker - USGS

USGS National Map Liaisons:
Craig Neidig
Carol Ostergren
Tom Carlson
Brian Wright

In addition, USGS geospatial liaisons have been identified to participate in the technical committee activities, and will be supporting the expansion of the COU communications.

On April 10, the COU Coordinator presented to the Hazards Mission Area managers' meeting to raise awareness of the purpose of the Geologic Hazards COU and to gain both direct and indirect support for the effort. Information was provided to the group on Technical Committee representation and current NGP product and service focus areas. The managers generally felt the Technical Committee membership represented a good cross-section of the Hazards Mission Area. Additionally, information was provided on plans for lidar data collection and project coordination as part of the Hurricane Sandy response and recovery supplemental funding activity.

The Technical Committee is looking at ways to increase overall general awareness of NGP products and services throughout the hazards community, as well as determining an appropriate target audience for further engagement. The Technical Committee is exploring the use of an internet web presence to serve as a repository of Geologic Hazards COU information, to include items such as information on standard NGP products and services, program plans and production status, technical specifications and points-of contact.

Meeting Schedule - The Geologic Hazards COU Technical Committee meets monthly by phone/webex. Discussion and interaction occur between meetings as appropriate.

Expansion - The Geologic Hazards COU Technical Committee will expand in the coming year based on the results of outreach opportunities identified through committee interaction. Specifically, opportunities to engage state and local level contacts will be explored along with identifying venues, such as meetings and conferences, to promote awareness and education relative to the application of geospatial data in support of hazard-related science and mitigation activities.

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