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Media Advisory: USGS To Host Congressional Briefings on How Science is Used to Respond to Hurricanes
Released: 1/24/2008 12:04:56 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Clarice Nassif Ransom 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4299

Gaye Farris 1-click interview
Phone: 337-266-8550

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will host Congressional briefings on how science can be used to prepare for and react to hurricanes and will issue a new report, "Science and the Storms: The USGS Response to the Hurricanes of 2005." The peer-reviewed report covers scientific studies performed after Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Some of this response took place days after the hurricanes; other responses included fieldwork and analysis through the spring of 2006.

What: More than half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coast and many of these areas, especially along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, will be in the direct path of future hurricanes. Recent hurricane seasons have been the costliest on record, with losses of

$42 billion in 2004 and in the hundreds of billions in 2005. USGS will host Congressional briefings on how science can help the public prepare for hurricane hazards and reduce losses from future hurricanes. Speakers will showcase examples from the report, "Science and the Storms: The USGS Response to the Hurricanes of 2005."

When & Where:

          10:00 a.m.

          Friday, Feb. 1, 2008

            1116 Longworth House Office Building


            2:00 p.m.

          Friday, Feb. 1, 2008

            366 Dirksen Senate Office Building


Who:  Charles R. Demas           USGS Louisiana Water Science Center Director

          Asbury Sallenger           USGS Oceanographer

          Gregory J. Smith           USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director

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