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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 (

Risk CoP and CDI members: Log in using the link in the upper-right corner to access the full content on this page. (Use your full email address and AD password.)

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

Open Now: Risk Research and Applications FY22 Requests for Proposals! This year's theme is Risk Multipliers.

Key date: Letters of Intent are due on December 1st!

For complete information please see our wiki FY22 Risk RFP site

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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 (, Emily Brooks (, and Matt Jurjonas (

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

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

Watch recordings of our August 17-19, 2021 annual meeting!

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Upcoming Meetings

Monthly meetings are held at 1p ET on the 3rd Thursday of every month.  Join by Microsoft Teams link in calendar event!

December 16, 2021 - Monthly Meeting and Hazards, Race, and Social Justice Speaker series   

  • Gloria E. Muñoz Romero from the University of Manchester and Elizabeth Reddy from the Colorado School of Mines will present on their inclusive environmental risk mitigation efforts and the equity and justice dimensions of developing a major earthquake scenario for the San Diego-Tijuana region. 

January 20, 2022 - Monthly Meeting

1:00 - 1:05 Announcements

1:05 - 1:35 Briefing on New National Academies Report: Next Generation Earth System Science at the National Science Foundation

Presenters: Study Co-Chairs Ruth DeFries, Columbia University and George Hornberger, Vanderbilt University

Description: A new report from the National Academies recommends NSF create a next-generation Earth systems science initiative to explore the complex interactions between the natural world and society and enhance our understanding of Earth’s systems — the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, and the individuals, institutions, and technologies that respond to and influence these dynamics. The report says NSF’s next-generation Earth systems science initiative should innovate, advance, and nurture an integrated research approach for the field, which will require NSF to place an increased emphasis on research inspired by real-world problems while maintaining its strong legacy of curiosity driven research across many disciplines — and to enhance the participation of social, engineering, and data scientists, and strengthen its efforts to include diverse perspectives in research. Join us to hear more about the report and the six key characteristics of an integrated Earth systems science initiative.

Read the report:

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1:35 - 1:55 -

An Update on the new

 Sliding into Review: An Update of the National Strategy for Landslide Loss Reduction

Presenter: Connor Dacey, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the US Geological Survey Natural Hazards Mission Area

Description: On January 5th, 2021, the National Landslides Preparedness Act became law. The new law directs the Department of the Interior (DOI) to create a program with four objectives: (1) Identify and understand landslide hazards and risks, (2) Reduce losses from landslides, (3) Protect communities at risk of landslide hazards, and (4) help improve communication and emergency preparedness, including by coordinating with communities and entities responsible for infrastructure that are at risk of landslide hazards. This presentation will review current efforts to address these goals within the National Strategy for Landslide Loss Reduction.

2:00 Adjourn

February 17, 2022 - Monthly Meeting

Conceptualizing Compound Disasters and Environmental Justice: Improving Disaster Planning for Compound Disaster Events – Logan Gerber-Chavez, Univ. of Delaware

March 17, 2022 - Monthly Meeting

Navigating the Paperwork Reduction Act - Dione Duncan-Hughes, USGS

Please send us your ideas for future meetings! We welcome volunteers, speaker suggestions, and topic suggestions at

Previous Meetings

Click on "Meeting Notes" above for notes and recordings from previous meetings. 

Annual Risk Request for Proposals 

Goals: Each year, the Risk CoP issues an internal Request for Proposals (RFP). The goals of the Risk RFP are to grow and build capacity across the USGS Risk Community of Practice; incentivize cross-center, cross-mission area, and interdisciplinary research; incentivize a focus on meaningful user engagement; identify and support projects that advance different elements of the Risk Plan; advance USGS goals of diversity and inclusion; use funded projects to demonstrate lessons learned and identify new resources (e.g., expertise, organizations, methods) for pursuing work in risk research and applications; and, leverage foundational datasets. Recipients of funding are listed here:

The FY22 RFP will be announced in October, 2022. Please join the Risk CoP for regular updates and information. 


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 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.

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Risk Research and Applications FY22 RFP now open!!!

Important dates:

Letter of Intent(Required): December 1st, 2021

Deadline for Proposals: January 28th, 2022 at 11:59pm ET

Incorporating Equity and Inclusion into USGS Risk Research and Applications

In Fall, 2021, the Risk CoP will assemble a writing team and subject matter experts to help develop a Strategic Approach to Incorporating Equity and Inclusion into USGS Risk Research and Applications. The call for nominations is now closed and the writing team will be announced in late October, 2021. There will be opportunities for community members to weigh in throughout the development of this approach.

FY21 Request for Proposals (RFP)

  • Congratulations to recipients of FY21 Risk funding! Awardees are listed below and more information is available in the March 22, 2021 Leader's Blog. Thank you to everyone who submitted and reviewed proposals this year!
  • See presentations on these projects at our annual meeting on Aug 18, 2021!
  • 2021 Risk Research Projects and Lead Principal Investigators 

    • Co-production of lahar hazard products with Mount Shasta emergency managers and communities -- Jessica Ball, Volcano Science Center 
    • User needs assessment of southern California emergency managers to improve post-fire debris flow inundation hazard products -- Katherine Barnhart, Geologic Hazards Science Center 
    • Difficult disease decisions: how to reduce risk when dealing with multiple competing objectives and opposing risk tolerances -- Graziella DiRenzo, Massachusetts Cooperative Research Unit
    • Wind erosion risk on Navajo Nation lands of the Colorado Plateau -- Seth Munson, Southwest Biological Science Center  
    • Coastal Vulnerability Assessments in Puerto Rico: focused stakeholder engagement to foster equity and inclusion -- Legna Torres-Garcia, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center 
    • Predicting risk of plant invasion following wildfires in the United States -- Janet Prevey, Fort Collins Science Center 
    • Perceived and realized risks to vegetation communities on lands managed along the US-Mexico border: identifying restoration needs in human-altered drylands -- Daniel Winkler, Southwest Biological Science Center 

Community Member Directory

Welcome! To help build our community, please self-identify and share your interests/expertise in our Community Member DirectoryLive/Editable Web File (DOI-only), Static Display File (last updated 6/3/21).

If you are unable to enter or update your information directly, please contact us at for assistance.

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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