The mission of the DOI Strategic Sciences Group as stated in Secretarial Order 3318 is to:
"…provide the Department of the Interior (Department) with science-based assessments and interdisciplinary scenarios of environmental crises affecting Departmental resources; rapidly assemble trained teams of scientists to conduct such work during environmental crises; and, provide the results of this work to the Secretary and Departmental leadership to support decision making during crises."
- an acute event of immediate, significant impact and of relatively defined duration,
- an event for which the SSG can add value, using a strategic approach of scenario development to assist decisionmakers,
- unanticipated, improbable events with multiple, synergistic or cascading environmental, economic, and social consequences, and
- events with a potential high degree of risk or loss (social/economic/environmental).