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Fact Sheet 2013–3082

Natural Hazards Science at the U.S. Geological Survey

By Suzanne C. Perry, Lucile M. Jones, and Robert R. Holmes, Jr.

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The mission of the USGS in natural hazards is to develop and apply hazard science to help protect the safety, security, and economic well-being of the Nation. The costs and consequences of natural hazards can be enormous, and each year more people and infrastructure are at risk. The USGS conducts hazard research and works closely with stakeholders and cooperators to inform a broad range of planning and response activities at individual, local, State, national, and international levels. It has critical statutory and nonstatutory roles regarding floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, coastal erosion, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, and magnetic storms. USGS science can help to understand and reduce risks from natural hazards by providing the information that decisionmakers need to determine which risk management activities are worth­while.

First posted September 25, 2013

For additional information contact:
Office of Associate Director, Natural Hazards
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192

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Perry, S.C., Jones, L.M., and Holmes, R.R., Jr., 2013, Natural Hazards Science at the U.S. Geological Survey: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3082, 2 p.,


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