Geoscience in Your State: Delaware

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Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: Delaware

  • 1,367 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1
  • 170 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3
  • $25 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174
  • 21 total disaster declarations, including 8 hurricane, 5 snow, and 4 severe storm disasters (1953-2017)⁶
  • $4.29 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in 201714...

Agencies Working on Geoscience Issues in delaware

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

The mission of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is to engage all stakeholders to ensure the wise management, conservation and enhancement of the State’s natural resources; protect public health and the environment; provide quality outdoor recreation; improve the quality of life; lead energy policy and climate preparedness; and educate the public on historic, cultural and natural resource use, requirements and issues.

Delaware Emergency Management Agency

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) is the lead state agency for coordination of comprehensive emergency preparedness, training, response, recovery and mitigation services in order to save lives, protect Delaware's economic base and reduce the impact of emergencies.

Delaware Geological Survey

The mission of the DGS is to provide objective earth science information, advice, and service to its stakeholders–the citizens, policy makers, industries, and educational institutions of Delaware.

Case Studies & Factsheets

Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: Delaware 1,367 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1 170 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3 $25 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174 21 total disaster declarations, including 8 hurricane, 5 snow, and 4 severe storm disasters (1953-2017)⁶...

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Introduction Dry wells improve stormwater drainage and aquifer recharge by providing a fast, direct route for rainwater to drain deep into underlying sediment and rock. Dry wells are most common in the western U.S. where clay or caliche layers slow down the natural drainage of water into underlying...

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Climate Science 101 Climate is the average of weather conditions over several decades.1,2 Geoscientists monitor modern climate conditions (1880 A.D. to present) in part by taking direct measurements of weather data (i.e., air temperature, rainfall and snowfall, wind speed, cloudiness, and so on)...

GOLI Online Courses

GOLI Course: Water as One Resource; Image Copyright © Marli Miller, University of Oregon. http://www.earthscienceworld.org/images
Course Type: GOLI Online Course

This course provides an overview of how groundwater and surface water interact, what the implications of these interactions on water resources are, and how water can be more effectively managed if an understanding of these interactions is incorporated.

The course presenters are Ken...

GOLI Course: Ocean Acidification Impacts on Fisheries; Image credit: NOAA
Course Type: GOLI Online Course

As the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased over recent history, so has the acidity of oceans worldwide. The changing acidity of the ocean has many ecological and economic impacts, one of the most serious being its effects on marine life and fisheries. The impact of ocean...