The Board on Earth Sciences and Resources was established in 1988 to provide a focial point for activities related to Earth science policy. Through its committees, panels, and working groups, it oversees a wide range of Earth science issues, including research, the environment, natural hazards, resources, geographic science and geosptial information, and data and education. It also provides guidance on U.S. participation in international Earth science programs.
The Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR) coordinates the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine activities on solid-earth science issues and organizes and oversees studies of important national issues in the earth sciences. The Board oversees the following standing committees:
Statement of Task
The Board on Earth Sciences and Resources coordinates the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine activities on solid-earth science issues and organizes and oversees studies of important national issues in the earth sciences. The Board oversees the following standing committees:
The Board and its standing committees serve as the focus for interaction with agencies; as a consequence of this interaction, multidisciplinary ad hoc study committees are established under the auspices of the Board or its standing committees to provide advice as identified by statements of task.
Through its activities, the Board identifies opportunities for advancing basic research and understanding of earth science information for policy decisions, reports on the applications of earth sciences to important societal issues, and addresses the overall health of research and education programs related to earth sciences and resources issues. The Board and its committees also serve as fora for discussions and exchange of information among scientists, engineers, and policy makers from government, universities, and industry.
Core support for the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources is provided by the Department of Energy-Office of Basic Energy Sciences, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, and U.S. Geological Survey.