PA41C:
Innovation in the Geosciences: When Basic Research Leads to Commercial Payoffs I


Session ID#: 9122

Session Description:
One of the reasons used to support federal funding in research and development (R&D) is that it leads to innovation, economic growth, and job creation. Studies have found that half of all GDP growth since World War II can be attributed to R&D. Stories of federally-funded R&D that lead to innovation – that often occur many years after the original research and were not expected results – often cite Google, the laser, and medical breakthroughs. In addition to its discoveries that improve our understanding of our Earth and its processes, geoscience reasearch also contributes to innovation. This session aims to highlight examples of  geoscience research that has led to innovation and commercial applications as well as discussing prospects for future innovation in the geosciences.
Primary Conveners:  Erik R Hankin, American Geophysical Union, Talent Pool, Washington, DC, United States
Conveners:  Katherine S White, Geological Society of America, Washington, DC, United States and Maeve A Boland, American Geosciences Institute, Alexandria, VA, United States
Chairs:  Katherine S White, Geological Society of America, Washington, DC, United States, Maeve A Boland, American Geosciences Institute, Alexandria, VA, United States and Erik R Hankin, American Geophysical Union, Talent Pool, Washington, DC, United States
OSPA Liaisons:  Erik R Hankin, American Geophysical Union, Talent Pool, Washington, DC, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Index Terms:

6304 Benefit-cost analysis [POLICY SCIENCES]
6610 Funding [PUBLIC ISSUES]
6615 Legislation and regulations [PUBLIC ISSUES]
6620 Science policy [PUBLIC ISSUES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Scott W. Tinker, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, United States
William Paul Mahoney III, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States
Mary M Glackin, The Weather Company, Atlanta, GA, United States and Mark Miller, WSI Inc, Andover, MA, United States
M Lee Allison and Stephen M Richard, Arizona Geological Survey, Tucson, AZ, United States
Brenda C Boyce, Booz Allen Hamilton DC, Transportation, Washington, DC, United States and Paul Pisano, Federal Highway Administration, Road Weather Management Program, Washington, DC, United States
Kristine Harper, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, United States
Linda R Rowan1, M Meghan Miller2, Charles M Meertens3 and Glen S Mattioli3, (1)UNAVCO, Inc., Boulder, CO, United States, (2)UNAVCO, Boulder, CO, United States, (3)UNAVCO, Inc. Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States
Danielle F Sumy1, Robert S Woodward2, Kasey Aderhold2, Timothy Keith Ahern3, Kent Randall Anderson4, Robert W Busby1, Robert S Detrick1, Brent Evers2, Andrew Frassetto1, Katrin Hafner1, David W Simpson1, Justin R Sweet4 and J John Taber5, (1)Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology - IRIS, Washington, DC, United States, (2)IRIS Consortium, Washington, DC, United States, (3)Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, Seattle, WA, United States, (4)IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center, Socorro, NM, United States, (5)Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology - IRIS, Education and Public Outreach, Washington, DC, United States

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