Goals, Opportunities, and Priorities for the USGS Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program [open pdf - 10MB]
"This report presents a new strategic plan for the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (EHRP), which is directed at understanding the causes and effects of earthquakes, evaluating potential earthquake hazards, and predicting earthquakes and their geologic effects. The program is a principal component of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, established by the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 for the purpose of reducing risks to life and property from earthquakes. [...] As a strategic plan, this document provides the scientific framework and rationale for the EHRP. It defmes the goals and objectives of the program and the types of activities by which the goals should be pursued. Further, it suggests priorities for program activities in the context of two annual funding options-$50 and $100 million. This document is not an itemized workplan and thus does not define how, when, and where specific activities should be undertaken. The intended audience of this report is primarily the earth-science and earthquake-hazard-reduction community."
U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1079
U.S. Government Publishing Office: http://www.gpo.gov/