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42nd Conference on Broadcast Meteorology


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AMS Broadcast Meteorology Short Course:
Hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes – should the public worry?

½ day, afternoon; 17 June 2014, Olympic Valley, CA

The AMS Broadcast Meteorology Short Course titled Hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes – should the public worry? will be held on 17 June 2014 preceding the 42nd Conference on Broadcast Meteorology in Olympic Valley, California.
Earthquakes and their effects can generate significant public interest and broadcast meteorologists are often called on to present the stories.  This workshop will answer some of the common questions asked by the public, including: are the number and/or size of earthquakes increasing, can earthquakes be predicted, can earthquakes be related to hydraulic fracturing or other oil industry activities?   This workshop will explore the process called hydraulic fracturing, which is being heavily used by the energy industry in North America, and discuss if this and related processes might be causing earthquakes.   The workshop will be led by industry and academic seismologists well experienced in both the oil and gas industry and the latest trends in earthquake activity and monitoring.

As a result of this course, participants will be able to describe hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes, and will have resources to present both topics to their viewers. They will be able to respond to questions about the likelihood that an earthquake or sequence of earthquakes may have been induced.  In addition they will be able to explain the causes and effects of large global earthquakes and will be able to find appropriate online resources for earthquakes in the news.

The instructors for the course are:

  • Dr. Robert M. Habiger, now a geophysical consultant, was chief technical officer for Spectraseis, an international geophysical services company.
  • Dr. Austin Holland, Oklahoma Geological Survey. 
  • Dr John Taber, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.

Attendees are requested to bring laptops for accessing web-based tools and resources during the course. Electric outlet power and internet access will be provided.


Registration is required to attend this course. Rates are posted on the fax-in registration form on the left. On-line registration is also available (recommended). Pre-registration discounts are available until 19 May. Attendees may also register on-site.

Refunds, less a $25 processing fee, will be given if cancellation is received by 9 June 2014 (no refunds thereafter).
For more information please contact John Taber at IRIS, 1200 New York Ave. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005 (tel: 202-682-2220; email:




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