Climate change is expected to bring increased intensity and frequency of natural disruptive events, and over the last 20 years numerous such events, including hurricanes, fires, and floods, have impacted geoscience departments. As the intellectual home for understanding these phenomena, geoscience departments are uniquely positioned to have pragmatic experiences on preparing for and dealing with impacts, as well as leveraging natural disruptive events as teaching, research, and outreach opportunities. This project will identify how U.S.-based geoscience departments impacted by major natural disruptions have changed their programs both during and after their recovery, and will highlight social, educational, financial, and operational challenges and opportunities that resulted from the disruptions. Geoscience programs’ responses to impacts in the past is not uniformly understood across the spectrum of natural disruptive events, however, the knowledge gained from these experiences can offer constructive lessons for preparation and mitigation of impacts in the future. Through surveying of primary impacted departments, this project will capture operational and cultural aspects of these experiences and how they affected individual departments. Additionally, through analysis of existing datasets combined with surveying of the broader geoscience community, the project will assess systemic impacts on the geosciences from specific disruptive events. Emerging geoscientists and early career geoscientists will also be surveyed for their expectations on the impacts of climate change on the geoscience discipline and profession. Results of this survey will then be evaluated against demonstrated responses to prior disruptive events to set a strategic view for the geoscience community on adaptation for the future. This project will also examine the responses by departments to these major natural disruptions to determine if there are patterns and particular exemplars for student engagement, pedagogical changes, and new research opportunities. In addition, the project will identify specific actions and postures by geoscience departments that present opportunities to create value in the geoscience community and help mitigate future impacts from disruptive events.