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National Science Foundation Assistant Director for Geosciences to Address American Geophysical Union Conference

Geosciences at NSF: opportunities, approaches, partnerships, plans

Simulated groundwater flow is one area of interest for NSF's Geosciences Directorate.

Simulated groundwater flow is one area of interest for NSF's Geosciences Directorate.

December 10, 2008

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Geosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF)--opportunities, approaches, partnerships and plans--will be discussed at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008.

The conference takes place from December 15-19, 2008, at the Moscone Conference Center in San Francisco, Calif.

NSF Assistant Director for Geosciences Tim Killeen will talk about current and future directions for NSF's Geosciences Directorate (GEO), which has worked with community leaders over the past year to develop and refine a strategic vision for the next decade.

"GEO's three divisions--Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Sciences and Ocean Sciences--along with a complement of education and outreach programs, map extremely well into the scientific and educational interests of AGU's membership," said Killeen.

"NSF/GEO plays a special role for the AGU community through its long-term commitment to the many programs that support basic disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education in the geosciences."

GEO also plays a leading role in the development of strong inter-agency, intra-agency and international partnerships that further support geosciences research, said Killeen.

During the next ten years, significant new geosciences facilities and capabilities will transform the field.

Killeen's presentation will highlight the opportunities ahead, and will place GEO in the context of exciting ongoing research and important demographic and other trends.

His talk is on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at 4:15 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) in the Moscone Center, Room 2007.


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