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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Science Support for Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

TUE, APRIL 1, 2014, 04:46 PM EST

While much of DOI science during crisis is necessarily tactical, recent events have highlighted the additional need for a strategic approach during crisis. Read More ( >

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Using Scenarios to Improve Resilience to Major Storms

MON, FEBRUARY 24, 2014, 11:52 AM EST

The Sound Waves newsletter delves in to the new report released by the Department of the Interior Strategic Sciences Group and discusses how the Department is helping to improve resilience to future major storms. Read More ( >

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In the News: Science During Crisis, Group Helps Decision-Makers with Long-Term Strategy

WED, NOVEMBER 6, 2013, 01:45 PM EST

Formally established in January 2012, the SSG is a small, adaptable group of scientists charged with visiting live disaster sites like Hurricane Sandy or the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and providing decision-makers with information that Read More ( >