Workshops and Short Courses

The UGS sponsors a variety of geologic hazard-related educational workshops and short courses focused on public, technical, and professional audiences to increase awareness and understanding, along with reducing property, life safety and economic risk from geologic hazards to Utahns.

Working Groups

Technical working groups established in 2003 by the Utah Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey meet annually in February to review earthquake-related research activities, evaluate long-term plans for producing up-to-date earthquake hazard maps, and develop partnerships and funding sources for investigations to reduce the risk from earthquakes. Current working groups include the Utah Quaternary Fault Parameters Working Group, Utah Liquefaction Advisory Group, Ground Shaking Working Group, and Basin and Range Province Earthquake Working Group. Learn more about Annual Working Groups.


2015 Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazards Summit III
The Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazards Summits (BRPSHS) were established in 1997, based on discussions between the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC), the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, and the UGS. The summits were convened to discuss seismic policy and technical issues; to bring together geologists, seismologists, geodesists, engineers, emergency managers, and policy makers to present and discuss the latest earthquake-hazards research; and to evaluate research implications for hazard reduction and public policy in the Basin and Range Province.

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Report: Evaluation of Hazardous Faults in the Intermountain West Region

Conference + Short Course

2018 Lake Bonneville Geologic Conference and Short Course
With the publication in 2016 of the “Lake Bonneville: A Scientific Update” book, the Utah Geological Survey is interested in bringing together the geologic community to review and discuss relevant research in the Lake Bonneville basin. The goal of the conference and short course was twofold: (1) to provide a setting for the review and discussion of Lake Bonneville/Great Salt Lake geologic research, and (2) provide education and networking opportunities for the local geologic community.

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Short Courses

2017 Applications of High Resolution Topography to Geologic Hazards in Utah

2017 Soils as a Tool for Quaternary Geology

2015 Characterizing Hazardous Faults – Techniques, Data Needs, and Analysis