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U.S. Geological Survey Natural Hazards Science Strategy — Promoting the Safety, Security, and Economic Well-Being of the Nation

Every year in the United States, natural hazard events threaten lives and livelihoods, resulting in deaths and billions of dollars in damage. The USGS works with many partners to monitor, assess, and conduct targeted research on a wide range of natural hazards so that policymakers and the public have the understanding they need to enhance preparedness, response and resilience.

In 2010, the USGS realigned its organizational structure around the missions identified in the USGS Science Strategy. The Natural Hazards Mission Area includes six science programs: Coastal & Marine Geology, Earthquake Hazards, Geomagnetism, Global Seismographic Network, Landslide Hazards, and Volcano Hazards. Through these programs, the USGS provides alerts and warnings of geologic hazards and supports the warning responsibilities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for geomagnetic storms and tsunamis. The Coastal and Marine Geology Program supports all the missions of the USGS, characterizing and assessing coastal and marine processes, conditions, change and vulnerability.

The Natural Hazards Mission Area is responsible for coordinating USGS response following disasters and overseeing the bureau's emergency management activities. The mission area coordinates long-term planning across the full USGS hazards science portfolio, including activities funded through many other programs across the bureau, including floods, hurricanes and severe storms, and wildfires.

The future direction of the USGS hazards mission is guided by the recently released USGS Natural Hazards Science Strategy, which was developed by a team of USGS scientists with considerable input from partners and the public. This document is part of a broader USGS science strategy planning process across all our missions.

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