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Description:  A group to share resources and discuss issues relevant to risk research and applications.

Points Of Contact: Kris Ludwig ( and Dave Ramsey (

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Description:  A group to share resources and discuss issues relevant to risk research and applications.

Points Of Contact: Kris Ludwig (, Dave Ramsey (, and Emily Brooks (

Meetings3rd Thursdays of the month from 1-2p ET (link to meetings page)

To join the Risk Research and Applications Community of Practice, email


The purpose of the Risk Research and Applications Community is to convene like-minded scientists and staff from across USGS to discuss issues relevant to risk research and applications. Monthly meetings will include a mix of presentations, discussions, and announcements about relevant resources, events, and activities. Anyone interested is welcome to attend and ideas for future meetings are always appreciated. The establishment of this Community is part of implementing the 2018 USGS Risk Plan, USGS Science for a Risky World: a USGS Plan for Risk Research and Applications.

Additional Background

The USGS Risk Plan addresses the need to grow USGS risk research and applications across a broad range of hazards to provide actionable information for risk reduction to our partners. Recommendation 4.1 states, “create a community of practice for risk research and applications to create a central, Bureau-wide point of contact for risk research and applications and to identify, connect, and coordinate relevant expertise across the Bureau.” Ultimately, the intent is for this community to be grassroots-driven, with the goal of providing a forum for individuals to build connections across centers, programs, and Mission Areas; to identify needs and opportunities to benefit the community; to generate project ideas; and to share resources and expertise. Connectivity across the community will be accomplished via monthly meetings, an online forum, and a face-to-face meeting.


Monthly meetings are held at 1p ET on the 3rd Thursday of every month. 

Please send us your ideas for future meetings! We welcome volunteers, speaker suggestions, and topic suggestions! Use the Forum to share ideas or email us at

Upcoming Meetings:



31 at 10a PT/1p

  • 1:00-1:05 Announcements
  • 1:05-1:40 A Usability Study of the USGS Volcano HAzards Notification System (HANS)-- Process and Results - Tina Neal, HVO Scientist-in-Charge & Carolyn Driedger, Hydrologist/PIO/Outreach Coordinator, Cascades Volcano Observatory
    Description: The Communications Work Group within the USGS Volcano Science Center began to write a 'Style Guide' for its HAzards Notification System (HANS) information products, which convey volcano status to the public and officials. As they wrote the style guide, they recognized the need for more formalized user input on which to base their guidance, both with formatting and wording. Carolyn Driedger and Tina Neal will share process and results of this 2018 usability study.
  • 1:40 Conclusion

ET – Special Meeting

  • FY20 Risk RFP Informational Webinar – we will review the FY20 Risk RFP Guidance and Template. We will reserve time for your questions. 

November 21 at 10a PT/1p ET - Monthly Meeting 

  • User testing - Mike Frame, USGS Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries (CSAS&L)
  • Working on Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team as a Hydrologist/Public Information Officer - Steve Sobieszczyk, USGS Office of Communications 

December 19 at 10a/1p ET - Monthly Meeting

  • TBD - Jeff Steevens, Research Toxicologist, USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center

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Previous Meetings

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  • FY20 Risk RFP Informational Webinar: October 31 at 1p ET – see below for more details
  • Next Community Meeting: October 17  November 21 at 1p ET - see below for details and info on how to join
  • We will announce the FY20 Risk RFP at our October 17 meeting. Tune in to learn more and watch your email for more info.
  • FY20 Risk RFP Informational Webinar: October 31 at 1p ET

Training Opportunities

Community Members

Welcome! To help build our community, please self-identify and share your interests/expertise:

FY20 Request for Proposals (RFP)

  • FY20 Risk RFP Guidance and Proposal Template coming soon!
  • Check out the new FY20 Risk RFP Collaboration Forum to exchange ideas and share resources.
  • FY20 Risk RFP Informational Webinar: October 31 at 1p ET. See Meetings section (below left) for zoom info to connect. We will review the guidance, template, and answer any questions.

Risk Community of Practice Forum

Please use this online forum to exchange ideas and resources in between meetings! You will need to log in to Confluence and be a member of the cdi-users group to post or comment on this forum. If you are having any issues participating in this forum, email

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