Dale A. Cox
Chief of Staff
USGS Pacific Southwest Regional Executive Office
Dale A. Cox is the Chief of Staff for the USGS Pacific Southwest and Region IX Lead of the Department of Interior, Regional Emergency Coordination Council. He was formerly the Project Manager USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project (MHDP) where he led ARkStorm, the disaster scenario that explored modern impacts to a storm analogous to those that impacted California in 1861/62. Cox coordinated the work of over 300 scientists and experts in 2008 to create the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario, the most comprehensive earthquake scenario ever created. He is one of the creators of the “The Great ShakeOut” and winner of the 2009 Shoemaker Award for Communications Excellence. Mostly recently, Cox coordinated the 2010 Tsunami Summit in an effort to improve community resiliency in the Pacific. Cox also coordinated the USGS 2007 Firestorm Response that included ash chemical analysis, endangered species assessment and recovery, and a real-time debris flow warning system completed in time for the first rains.
Dale A. Cox joined the US Geological Survey in 1994, where he surveyed and reported on the hydrologic conditions of the High Plains Aquifer. While in Nebraska, he helped to create Groundwater Guardian, an international collaborative partnership between the USGS and the Groundwater Foundation. Cox later served as Chief of Communications at the USGS California Water Science Center, where he coordinated the Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum and the bathymetric mapping of Lake Tahoe. Cox also helped to coordinate the National Oceans Conference, another presidential forum to raise awareness and develop global partnerships to tackle ocean issues. Later, Cox was served as the USGS Western Publishing Manager.