Geoscience in Your State: Virginia

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Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: Virginia

  • 8,782 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1
  • 298 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3
  • $1.25 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174
  • 64 total disaster declarations, including 17 severe storm, 15 flood, and 13 hurricane disasters (1953-2017)⁶
  • $18.8 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in 201714...

Agencies Working on Geoscience Issues in virginia

Virginia Department of Emergency Management

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

The Department of Environmental Quality protects and enhances Virginia’s environment, and promotes the health and well being of the citizens of the Commonwealth. The DEQ has programs in air, water, land protection, renewable energy, coastal zone management, pollution prevention, and environmental information.

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

DMME’s purpose is to enhance the development and conservation of energy and mineral resources in a safe and environmentally sound manner in order to support a more productive economy in Virginia.

Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources
The Division of Geology and Mineral Resources (DGMR) serves as Virginia's geological survey. DGMR performs investigations aimed at reducing risk from geologic hazards and encouraging sustainable development through the wise use of mineral, land, water, and energy resources.

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: Virginia 8,782 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1 298 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3 $1.25 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174 64 total disaster declarations, including 17 severe storm, 15 flood, and 13 hurricane disasters (1953-...
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: 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...