NRC Earth Scientists Celebrate Earth Science Week – Oct. 14-20

Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized Earth Science Week, a national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth.

This year’s Earth Science Week will celebrate the theme “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences.” Many of the activities associated with Earth Science Week can be found at: Also, be sure to watch the NRC Chairman’s video about her experiences as an earth scientist.

Earth science, also known as geoscience, is a broad term for the sciences related to study of our planet. Typically, earth scientists use tools from physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics to build an understanding of how the Earth and its related parts work, how it gradually developed into what we know now, and how we can improve our quality of life.

The major disciplines of earth science at the NRC include geology, geochemistry, geophysics, seismology, hydrology, engineering geology, marine science, atmospheric science, environmental science and soil science.

NRC’s earth scientists play an important role in carrying out the NRC’s mission of protecting public health and safety. We work in teams and are key contributors to ensuring that commercial nuclear facilities are located and licensed to operate safely. We also take a proactive approach to address issues that may affect nuclear facilities in the future, like investigating the possible impacts of global climate change. Earth scientists participate in the NRC’s on-going efforts to identify and prevent incidents at nuclear facilities by examining potential consequences of events like hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, volcanoes and earthquakes.

To learn more about what earth scientists do at the NRC, check out these NRC YouTube videos: “Three Minutes With an NRC Hydrologist” and “Three Minutes With an NRC Meteorologist.”

William R. Ott
Environmental Transport Branch Chief
Edward O’Donnell
Senior Geologist

Author: Moderator

Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

5 thoughts on “NRC Earth Scientists Celebrate Earth Science Week – Oct. 14-20”

  1. Nuclear reality and money concepts of pinching every penny during and after construction in the operations, so what does earth science see in nuclear reality of ice age rebound happening right now. What emergencies are in place when coastal areas & islands start sinking … and land mass lifts up earthquakes and land separation cracking flooding sink-holes. The reactors might fair well what about all the nuclear waste reality of storage facilities? What reconsiderations are there for such events.

  2. CaptD, you are one fearful fellow lapping up anti-nuke Kool-Aid, really. Check our AtomicInsights,com for a good cold dose of nuclear reality.

  3. Another issue is the effect that the huge amount of radionuclides from Fukushima now in the upper atmosphere is having on the Earth’s weather…

    I’d love to see if there are some nuclear chemists who are also trained in meteorology that might be able to discuss this without any bias… Please post the name of the Chief atmospheric scientist at the NRC…

    My thinking is that much of the current changes in weather is not “just” climate change but directly related to these same radionuclides (think highly charged particles) and their interaction with the upper atmosphere in a process similar to cloud seeding, only on a microscopic level…

    If California (and other States) food stuffs can be contaminated by Fukushima radiation then why not our weather?

  4. We are lucky that the new Chairwomen of the NRC is a highly respected Geologist because the NRC needs to start giving much more importance to potential Earth Quakes than they have in the past, illustrated by the fact that US reactors are not build to anywhere near the degree of Earth Movement standards as the one in Japan and we all know how Fukushima faired when struck by a BIG Earth Quake…

    BTW Many in Japan and elsewhere believe that the Quake not the Tsunami was the true cause of the Fukushima triple meltdown; which if true would be yet another reason to NEVER allow SORE (San Onofre Reactor Emergency) to ever be restarted!

  5. Quakes will become much more important as scientists and especially the Nuclear Industry admits that they don’t know as much about them as they thought they did, instead they have just been very lucky until now…

    Think shaman throwing bones and trying to decipher the future!

    Fukushima proved that Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365 and all the mathematical modeling in the World cannot change the FACT that even if something has a once in a thousand year probability, IT STILL CAN HAPPEN TOMORROW!

    That is a key factor we must all remember…

    Ask The Japanese, they’re now paying for a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster because they believed their Nuclear Professionals knew far more than they did, when they claimed that nuclear energy was 100% safe!

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