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International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)

Organization Profile


The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) is the international organization dedicated to advancing, promoting, and communicating knowledge of the Earth system, its space environment, and the dynamical processes causing change. Through its constituent Associations, Commissions, and services, IUGG convenes international assemblies and workshops, undertakes research, assembles observations, gains insights, coordinates activities, liaises with other scientific bodies, plays an advocacy role, contributes to education, and works to expand capabilities and participation worldwide. IUGG encourages the application of this knowledge to societal needs, such as mineral resources, mitigation of natural hazards and disasters, and environmental preservation.

Disaster Reduction Goal

The IUGG Union Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability is dedicated to promoting scientific studies applied to the reduction of risk from natural hazards in an increasingly urbanized world and sustainability and to reducing death and destruction from natural and technological hazards by providing hazards data and information to emergency managers, policy-makers, scientists and the general public in the most timely and effective manner as possible.

Policies and Programmes in DRR

IUGG holds scientific meetings dedicated to natural hazards and disaster risk reduction and mitigation.

IUGG currently is involved in the ICSU Project "Extreme Natural Hazards and Societal Implications - ENHANS" (http://www.enhans.org).

Membership in Key Networks

Member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) since 1919.

Risk assessment and early warning systems

IUGG GeoRsik Commission together with commission of the IUGG Associations work on the scientific methodologies for risk assessment and early warning systems.

Education, information and public awareness

Via scientific meetings IUGG disseminate the information on natural hazards and disasters risks and promotes science education in this area.

General contact information

  • URL: http://www.iugg.org/
  • Address: GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Telegrafenberg, A17 10.30
  • Postal Code: 14473
  • City: Potsdam
  • Country: Germany
  • Email: secretariat@iugg.org

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Last updated on 20 Mar 2013

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