Reply to Comment on “AGU Statement Regarding the Conviction of Italian Seismologists”



AGU issued its 23 October 2012 statement because we believe that scientists have an important role to play in advising governments and in communicating the results of their research to the public. The L'Aquila verdict could have a chilling effect on the willingness of scientists to offer guidance about how to prepare for and respond to natural hazards that affect society.