Geoscience in Your State: North Carolina

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Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: North Carolina

  • 11,529 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1
  • 520 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3
  • $1.11 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174
  • 59 total disaster declarations, including 25 hurricane, 8 flood, and 8 severe snow disasters (1953-2017)
  • $11.2 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in...

Agencies Working on Geoscience Issues in north carolina

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality provides science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians. Divisions include: Air Quality, Coastal Management, Energy Mineral and Land Resources, Environmental Assistance, Environmental Education and Public Affairs, Marine Fisheries, Mitigation Services, Waste Management, Water Infrastructure, Water Resources.

North Carolina Division of Soil & Water Conservation

The Division of Soil & Water Conservation, under the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, provides programs, technical services and educational outreach promoting voluntary natural resource management and conservation on the private lands of NC through a non-regulatory, incentive-driven approach. The Division cooperates with federal, state and local partners to administer a comprehensive statewide program to protect and conserve the state's soil and water resources.

North Carolina Emergency Management

North Carolina Emergency Management works to enhance the state’s resiliency by actively collaborating, communicating and coordinating to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from disasters.

North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council

The North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC) was established by the NC General Assembly to develop policies regarding the use of geographic information, geographic information systems (GIS), and related technologies.

North Carolina Geological Survey

The mission of the North Carolina Geological Survey is to provide unbiased and technically accurate applied earth science information to address societal needs. This includes geologic maps, mineral resource and geochemical information, topographic maps and digital products, and earth science education initiatives. The agency examines, surveys and maps the geology, mineral resources and topography of the state, while encouraging the wise conservation and use of geologic resources by industry, commerce, agriculture and government for the general welfare of the citizens of North Carolina.

Case Studies & Factsheets

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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...

Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: North Carolina 11,529 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1 520 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3 $1.11 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174 59 total disaster declarations, including 25 hurricane, 8 flood, and 8 severe snow disasters (...

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)...

GOLI Online Courses

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...