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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 ( and Dave Ramsey (

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:

July 18 at 10a PT/1p ET

Our July meeting will be "live" from the Risk COP meeting in Golden, CO. We'll hear short presentations from the PIs of the FY19 Risk RFP funded projects (speakers listed below)
- Announcements
- Presentations on FY19 Risk RFP Funded Projects:
  • Quantifying Rock Fall Hazard and Risk to Roadways in National Parks: Yosemite National Park Pilot Project - Brian Collins, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
  • Re-visiting Bsal risk: how 3 years of pathogen surveillance, research, and regulatory action change our understanding of invasion risk of the exotic amphibian pathogen Batrochochytrium salamandrivorans - Dan Grear, National Wildlife Health Center
  • The State of Our Coasts: Coastal Change Hazards Stakeholder Engagement & User Need Assessment - Emily Himmelstoss, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Assessing the Risk of Global Copper Supply Disruption from Earthquakes - Kishor Jaiswal, Geologic Hazards Science Center & Nedal Nasser, National Minerals Information Center
  • Communications of risk - uranium in groundwater in northeastern Washington state - Sue Kahle, Washington Water Science Center
  • Cascading communication: exploring how scientific research affects policy and earthquake preparedness communication in areas of induced seismicity - Sara McBride, Earthquake Science Center
  • Ecological Forecasts for Risk Management - Alyssa Rosemartin, National Phenology Network
  • Hazard Exposure Analyst Tool (HEAT) - Jason Sherba, Western Geographic Science Center

July 19 at 8:30a-10:00a PT/11:30a - 1:00p ET

Please join us for a special topic session of the Risk Community of Practice. We will be sharing this session "live" from our Risk COP meeting in Golden. Additional information is below.
Special Topic: Stakeholder engagement panel & discussion 
Stakeholder engagement is an important piece of the Risk Plan. But what does it mean to engage with stakeholders? What does co-production mean? What tools are used for engaging stakeholders and over what timelines during the course of a project? What types of challenges arise during stakeholder engagement? What are some of the surprising considerations to keep in mind while working with stakeholders? 
Join us as we dive into these issues with a panel of USGS scientists and a group discussion to explore how we can build capacity in this area going forward.
All times Eastern time:
11:30 - 11:35 Introduction to Session
11:35 - 12:15 Panel Discussion
12:15 -1:00 Group Discussion (please chime in remotely via zoom chat!)
  • Amanda Cravens, USGS Science and Economic Analysis Branch
  • Alice Pennaz, Natural Hazards Mission Area
  • Rudy Schuster, USGS Science and Economic Analysis Branch
  • Anne Wein, USGS Western Geographic Science Center

August 15 at 10a PT/1p ET

  • Rigorously Quantifying the Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction Provided by US Coral Reefs - Curt Storlazzi, Research Geologist, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • I have an idea!  Alternative ways of displaying our data - Athena Clark, Science Advisor, USGS Southeast Region and USGS Storm Team Lead

September 19 at 10aPT/1p ET

  • TBD

October 17 at 10a PT/1p ET

  • Results from Evaluation of USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) messaging - Tina Neal, HVO Scientist-in-Charge & Carolyn Driedger, Hydrologist/PIO/Outreach Coordinator, Cascades Volcano Observatory

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Previous Meetings

Click on "Previous Meetings" above for notes and recordings from previous meetings. 

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  • Next Community Meeting: July 18  August 15 at 1p ET - see below for details and info on how to join
  • Special Session on User Engagement: July 19 at 11:30a ET - stay tuned!


of Practice Face to Face meeting:  July 17-19, 2019 in Golden, CO

Community Members

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

FY19 Request for Proposals (RFP)

Proposals were due April 15, 2019 at 11:59p ET. Guidance and the proposal template and additional FAQ are available at FY19 RFP Guidance and Template. This has also been shared via the March 25, 2019 Leader's blog - Risk RFP

On Tues, March 26 at 1:00p ET we held an informational webinar on the FY19 Risk Request for Proposals (RFP). This meeting provided a brief overview of the guidance and the opportunity to ask any questions. A recording of the meeting is available by clicking on Previous Meetings.

Recipients of funding for the FY19 Risk RFP were announced in the June 18, 2019 Leader's blog - Congratulations!

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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