As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers.
Climate and Land Use Change The USGS undertakes scientific research, monitoring, remote sensing, modeling, synthesis, and forecasting to address the effects of climate and land use change on the Nation’s resources. The resulting research and products are provided as the scientific foundation upon which policymakers, natural resource managers, and the public make informed decisions about the management of natural resources on which they and others depend.
Core Science Systems Data about Earth and its resources are only useful if available in a format that is understandable and accessible. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides the Nation with ready access to natural science information that supports smart decisions about how to respond to natural risks and manage natural resources. Core Science Systems includes the following programs:
Ecosystems Mission Area Scientists in the USGS Ecosystem Mission Area conduct research and monitoring on freshwater, terrestrial, and marine ecosystems and the fish and wildlife within them. Healthy ecosystems provide our society with essential ecosystem services, such as crop pollination, water and air purification, harvestable populations of fish and wildlife, soil replenishment, pest control, and nutrient cycling. The Ecosystem Mission Area is strongly committed to achieving objectives through partnerships. Federal and state natural resource managers use USGS scientific information to protect, restore and enhance our natural resources, and ensure that healthy ecosystems, and the services they provide, will be here for generations to come. An important focus of our research and monitoring is meeting the scientific needs of Interior resource management bureaus. Our studies support many of their needs for biological and ecological information, including development of annual waterfowl regulations, research leading to better land protection strategies for national parks, and investigations seeking optimal water control practices for enhancement of fisheries.
Energy and Minerals The Energy and Minerals Mission Area conducts research and assessments on the location, quantity, and quality of mineral and energy resources, including the economic and environmental effects of resource extraction and use.
Environmental Health The U.S. Geological Survey environmental health science program focuses on the interface between health and the environment, where interactions among people, the environment, and other living organisms affect the risk of toxicologic and infectious disease.
Natural Hazards The Natural Hazards Mission Area is responsible for coordinating USGS response following disasters and overseeing the bureau's emergency management activities. The mission area coordinates long-term planning across the full USGS hazards science portfolio, including activities funded through many other programs across the bureau, including floods, hurricanes and severe storms, and wildfires. Through the following programs, the USGS provides alerts and warnings of geologic hazards and supports the warning responsibilities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for geomagnetic storms and tsunamis. The Coastal and Marine Geology Program supports all the missions of the USGS, characterizing and assessing coastal and marine processes, conditions, change and vulnerability.
Science Quality and Integrity The Office of Science Quality and Integrity monitors and enhances the integrity, quality, and health of USGS science. The office is subdivided into six components: 1. Education and Development, 2. The Office of Tribal Relations, 3. Evaluation, Review, and Recognition, 4. Fundamental Science Practices, 5. Youth Program and 6. Ethics. Water Water is one of six science mission areas of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Water's mission is to collect and disseminate reliable, impartial, and timely information that is needed to understand the Nation's water resources.
|Mineral Commodity Summaries, 2018||2018||critical issues, database publication, mineral resources, metal, critical minerals, industrial minerals, united states||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Mineral Commodity Summaries, 2017||2017||critical issues, database publication, mineral resources, metal, critical minerals, industrial minerals, united states||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Water resources of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana||2017||critical issues, database publication, water availability, water quality, louisiana||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Tectonic summaries of magnitude 7 and greater earthquakes from 2000 to 2015||2017||critical issues, database publication, earthquake, hazards, united states||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Water resources of East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana||2017||critical issues, database publication, water availability, water quality, louisiana||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Peak streamflow on selected streams in Arkansas, December 2015||2017||critical issues, database publication, flood, arkansas||U.S. Geological Survey|
|The 3D Elevation Program: Landslide recognition, hazard assessment, and mitigation support||2017||critical issues, database publication, landslide, hazards||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Saltwater intrusion in the Floridan aquifer system near downtown Brunswick, Georgia, 1957-2015||2017||critical issues, database publication, water quality, georgia||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Water resources of Concordia Parish, Louisiana||2017||critical issues, database publication, water availability, water quality, louisiana||U.S. Geological Survey|
|State of the Salton Sea - A science and monitoring meeting of scientists for the Salton Sea||2017||critical issues, database publication, environment, california, water||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Water resources of Iberia Parish, Louisiana||2017||critical issues, database publication, water availability, water quality, louisiana||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Response of selenium concentrations in groundwater to seasonal canal leakage, lower Gunnison River Basin, Colorado, 2013||2017||critical issues, database publication, water quality, colorado||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Water resources of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana||2017||critical issues, database publication, water availability, water quality, louisiana||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Groundwater quality for 75 domestic wells in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, 2014||2017||critical issues, database publication, water quality, pennsylvania||U.S. Geological Survey|
|The USGS National Wildlife Health Center: Advancing wildlife and ecosystem health||2017||critical issues, database publication, ecology, united states||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Geology and mining history of the Southeast Missouri Barite District and the Valles Mines, Washington, Jefferson, and St. Francois Counties, Missouri||2017||critical issues, database publication, mining, missouri||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Groundwater quality in the shallow aquifers of the Tulare, Kaweah, and Tule Groundwater Basins and adjacent highlands areas, Southern San Joaquin Valley, California||2017||critical issues, database publication, water quality, california||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Trends in the quality of water in New Jersey streams, water years 1971-2011||2017||critical issues, database publication, water quality, new jersey||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Refining previous estimates of groundwater outflows from the Medina/Diversion Lake system, San Antonio area, Texas||2017||critical issues, database publication, water availability, texas||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Hydrology and water quality in 13 watersheds in Gwinnett County, Georgia, 2001-15||2017||critical issues, database publication, water quality, georgia||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Early action to address an emerging wildlife disease||2017||critical issues, database publication, ecology, united states||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Assessment of tight-gas resources in Canyon sandstones of the Val Verde Basin, Texas, 2016||2016||critical issues, database publication, energy, oil and gas, texas||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Insular ecosystems of the southeastern United States - A regional synthesis to support biodiversity conservation in a changing climate||2016||critical issues, database publication, climate, flood, ecosystem, soils, water, texas, oklahoma, arkansas, louisiana, mississippi, missouri, tennessee, kentucky, west virginia, virginia, north carolina, south carolina, georgia, florida||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Science to support the understanding of Ohio's water resources, 2016-17||2016||critical issues, database publication, water quality, water availability, ohio||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Landscape Ecology of the Upper Mississippi River System: Lessons learned, challenges and opportunities||2016||critical issues, database publication, land use, minnesota, wisconsin, illinois, iowa, missouri, water||U.S. Geological Survey|