Priorities of earthquake research may be on shaky ground


  • Anonymous


Congressional checks on the effectiveness and direction of earthquake research and development in the United States may mean securing grants for basic research will be tougher in the future, some observers say, that is, unless scientists can do a better job of getting their message out.

The January Northridge earthquake has prompted awareness, as well as criticism of current federal efforts to reduce earthquake hazards. In addition to a study launched in February by the White House, the Office of Technology Assessment recently gave the thumbs up for a study, requested by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, to evaluate federal efforts in reducing earthquake damage—how best to set research and development priorities and to ensure practical use of research findings.