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About COSMOS: Mission Statement and Objectives

The Consortium of Organizations for Strong-Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) was established in 1999, under the guidance of the Committee for the Advancement of Strong Motion Programs (CASMP; C. Stepp, chairman) with the support of the National Science Foundation and charter endorsement by the California Division of Mines and Geology, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers.


Vision Statement

COSMOS is a global focal point of international leadership, interaction, and cooperation for the acquisition, processing, dissemination, and application of the earthquake strong-motion data.

Mission Statement

To advocate for the establishment of strong-motion measurement systems; to promote development and adoption of verifiable, internationally-ranked standards for the acquisition and processing of earthquake strong-motion measurements; and to promote the global application of strong-motion measurements by design professionals.


The specific purpose of this Corporation is to serve as a consortium through which programs and institutions can work toward urgent improvement in earthquake strong-motion measurements, solve mutual problems with strong-motion instrumentation and data, and assist in the dissemination of strong-motion data, namely:

1. Develop policies and foster innovative ideas for the universal improvement in strong-motion measurements and their applications;

2. Promote the advancement of strong-motion measurement in densely urbanized areas and other locations of special significance to society likely to be struck by future earthquakes;

3. Encourage and assist the rapid, convenient, and effective distribution of strong-motion data according to standards of the Consortium of Organizations of Strong-Motion Observation Systems;

4. Strengthen, expand, and support strong-motion programs;

5. Serve as a consortium through which programs and institutions can work to solve mutual problems with instrumentation, data quality, data dissemination, and data utilization;

6. Advance systematic user influence on data acquisition and data dissemination processes;


7. Advance and facilitate the use of strong-motion data to achieve improved earthquake resistance of the built environment through research and engineering practice.

COSMOS is a non-profit organization whose goal is to expand and significantly modernize the acquisition and application of strong-motion data in order to increase public safety from earthquakes.

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