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Please note this meeting will be from 12-5pm EASTERN TIME on each day. Each day will have its own Teams link - please see links below or in the calendar invites.

Sessions will be recorded and posted to our wiki site after the meeting.

Questions? Please email To join the Risk Research and Applications Community of Practice, visit

Check this site for updates!

Day 1 (August 17, 2021)

12:00 – 12:30     Welcome, including comments from Dave Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director

12:30 – 1:30       Keynote on Risk Communication - David Abramson, New York University School of Global Public Health

1:30 – 2:30         Break

2:30 – 3:45         FY20 Risk Funding Awardee Presentations (times approximate)

  • User perspectives on volcanic risk: Evaluating the effectiveness of co-produced risk communication products intended for public outreach Joseph Bard, Volcano Science Center 
  • Developing community-scale earthquake hazards and risk modeling in Westport, WA Alex Grant, Earthquake Science Center
  • Open innovation playbook for risk Sophia Liu, Science and Decisions Center 
  • Integrating decision analysis and risk analysis: Using utility theory to help DOI decision makers understand their context-specific risk tolerance Michael Runge, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • Answering to stakeholders: Sensitivity of liquefaction hazard to groundwater change from sea-level rise Anne Wein, Western Geographic Science Center

3:45 – 4:30          Program and Project Evaluation – Nora Smithhisler, USGS FORT Social and Economic Analysis Branch

Ever wondered how to think about evaluating your projects – and including this in the design of your projects from the beginning? Join us for a session to learn some basics of evaluation and examples of how USGS programs and projects have been assessed.

4:30 – 5:00           Virtual Networking: Meet and Greet another Risk COP Member 

5:00                      Adjourn

Day 2 (August 18, 2021)

12:00 – 12:10     Introduce the Day/Who did you meet?

12:10 – 1:30       Working with Community Based Organizations

What does it mean to work with a community? How do you connect with the trusted voices within a community? How do you establish a relationship with these groups and individuals? How do you best determine their needs for information? How do you develop and deliver information and products they need – and know that they are being used? What are examples where this has been done successfully and what are the elements of success? This panel will include speakers from outside the USGS who will provide examples of how scientists and communities collaborate for solutions to reduce risk from a variety of disruptions.


1:30 – 2:30         Break

2:304:00         Introducing the FY21 Risk Funding Awardee Projects 

  • 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
  • Wind erosion risk on Navajo Nation lands of the Colorado Plateau Seth Munson, Southwest Biological Science Center 

3:10 – 3:20         Break (10 min)

  • 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

4:00 – 4:30         Insights for the FY22 RFP 

This presentation will revisit lessons learned from previous awardees and will be particularly valuable to the FY21 Risk award recipients and to those who are considering submitting a proposal to the FY22 RFP.

4:30 – 5:00         FY22 RFP Theme

Each year, there is a competitive risk request for proposals (RFP) open to anyone in the USGS and designed to support projects that advance the USGS Risk Plan. This time will be used to collectively brainstorm ideas for an FY22 theme to incentivize projects in a particular area of focus.

5:00                    Adjourn

Day 3 (August 19, 2021)

12:00 – 12:15    Introduction to the Day

12:15 – 1:30       Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives at DOI and USGS  


  • Ryan Hathaway, Environmental Justice Coordinator, DOI
  • Others to be announced soon

3:10 – 3:20         Break (10 min)

2:30 - 4:30     Structured discussions to inform development of a Strategic Approach to Equity in USGS Risk Research and Applications

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