Earth & Environment Faculty at Workshop on Geologic Hazards in the Caribbean/Central America/Mexico

Dr. Grenville Draper is representing FIU at a three day workshop on Geophysical Hazards and Plate Boundary Processes in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. This international workshop on the on the future of seismological investigaions in the inter-American region (Central America, Mexico, Caribbean) is organized by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS). It is being held Oct. 24-27 in Heredia, Costa Rica, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The workshop aims to set up a regional co-operative body that will facilitate seismic and seismo-tectonic studies in the region for the next decade.

Dr Draper's extensive experience in research, education and public outreach in the region led him to be selected to co-chair a breakout session on Internships, Professional and Public Education which will try to determine IRIS role in these arenas for the immediate future.

The final outcome of the workshop will be the creation of a regional research consortium to sustain the regional infrastructure and academic community to facilitate seismological research, and to initiate efforts toward generating products with immediate regional societal benefits, including earthquake and volcano hazard reduction.