Geoscience in Your State: Georgia

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Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: Georgia

  • 7,635 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1
  • 1.15 billion gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3
  • $1.84 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174
  • 60 total disaster declarations, including 14 severe storm, 12 tornado, and 11 fire disasters (1953-2017)⁶
  • $6.39 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in 201714...

Agencies Working on Geoscience Issues in georgia

Georgia Coastal Resources Division

The mission of the Coastal Resources Division is to balance coastal development and protection of the coast’s natural assets, socio-cultural heritage and recreational resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

The mission of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is to facilitate the protection of life and property against man-made and natural disasters by directing the state's efforts in the areas of prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Georgia Environmental Protection Division

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) protects and restores Georgia’s environment, taking the lead in ensuring clean air, water and land, and pursuing with partners a sustainable environment that provides a foundation for a vibrant economy and healthy communities.

Georgia Geological Survey

The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) protects and restores Georgia’s environment. We take the lead in ensuring clean air, water and land. With our partners, we pursue a sustainable environment that provides a foundation for a vibrant economy and healthy communities.

Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission
The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC) was formed to protect, conserve and improve the soil and water resources of the State of Georgia. The Commission's goal is to make Georgia a better place for its citizens through the wise use and protection of basic soil and water resources and to achieve practical water quality goals. 

Case Studies & Factsheets

Cover of AGI Factsheet 2018-004 - Present Day Climate Change

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)...

Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: Georgia 7,635 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1 1.15 billion gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3 $1.84 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174 60 total disaster declarations, including 14 severe storm, 12 tornado, and 11 fire disasters (1953-2017...

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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...

GOLI Online Courses

GOLI Course: Planning for Coastal Storm and Erosion Hazards; Image credit: USGS/USFWS - photo by Greg Thompson
Course Type: GOLI Online Course

Coastal hazards are a widespread challenge that cost millions (and sometimes billions) of dollars in the U.S. every year due to property loss and spending on mitigation measures. Based on the most recent U.S. Census, over 39% of the U.S. population lives in areas that may undergo significant...