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Strategic Sciences Group

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The Department of the Interior (DOI) Strategic Sciences Group (SSG) was created to meet the immediate need for strategic scientific information and expertise during environmental crises. Established in 2012 within the Office of the Secretary by Secretarial Order 3318, the SSG provides the Department with a standing capacity to rapidly assemble teams of scientists to construct interdisciplinary scenarios of environmental crises affecting DOI resources. 

Through the development and application of science-based scenarios, the SSG can assist strategic response, mid-term recovery, and long-term restoration. In addition, the SSG can provide valuable advisory tools to DOI decision makers as they manage crises at the field, regional, and national levels.


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Web Reads: Discussing Science Amidst Oil Spills, Hurricanes, and other Disasters at AAAS Annual Meeting

SAT, FEBRUARY 14, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

The SSG will convene a panel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2015 annual meeting highlighting innovative approaches, best practices, and challenges for conducting and disseminating science during crises. Read More ( >

AGU 2014

Web Reads: SSG Participates in 2014 AGU Meeting in San Francisco

WED, DECEMBER 17, 2014, 08:00 AM EST

The SSG co-convened a session at the 2014 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Meeting, the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world, on “Exploring the Roles of Science, Communication, and Education throughout the Disaster Lifecycle”. Read More ( >


Web Reads: SSG Guest Editorial Encourages Ecologists to Participate in Rapid Response Efforts

SAT, NOVEMBER 1, 2014, 04:29 PM EST

Dr. Kiza Gates and Dr. Kris Ludwig published a guest editorial describing the critical role of professional societies in helping to identify potential SSG crisis science team members and encouraging scientists to engage in rapid response efforts. Read More ( >