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Muir Glacier - 1941 Muir Glacier - 2004
These two photos are taken from the same site in Alaska — the Muir Glacier — 60 years apart (left = 1941; right = 2004). Photos by Bruce Molnia, USGS. Click on either photo for larger image.

P3. Geosciences and the Media: How Can We Better Communicate the Imperatives of Sustainability?

GSA Geology and Society Division; Critical Issues Caucus, Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division; Association of Earth Science Editors
Mon., 23 Oct., 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Paul H. Reitan, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Susan W. Kieffer, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.
E-an Zen, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
Allison R. Palmer, Institute for Cambrian Studies, Boulder, Colo.

Sudden onset and creeping megacrises threaten the well-being of human societies. Only recently has one creeping megacrisis, global warming, begun to get significant media attention. This symposium will examine how geoscientists and the media may succeed in effectively informing the public and their leaders in order to stimulate to action, both preventive and adaptive, to deal with these threats. Speakers include geoscientists who understand the threats, experts who regularly inform the media — e.g. the Acting Director of the U.S. Geological Survey — and members of the media.