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Thu, 2016-09-29 11:56
On September 27th and 28th, our Critical Issues intern attended a workshop hosted by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program: “Opportunities and Needs in Integrated Water Prediction, Risk Assessment, and Management for Coastal Resilience.” The first day focused on resilience issues along the Eastern seaboard. We have summarized highlights from the first day below:   •  “Today’s flood is tomorrow’s high tide.” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management gave a broad overview, describing the impacts of sea level rise. •  Thinking differently about coastal droughts. Research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) describes how salinity (saltiness) of estuarine water can provide information about droughts in coastal communities. •  Improving the availability of water quality data. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...
Thu, 2016-09-29 10:54
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of Minnesota's bedrock geology from the Minnesota Geological Survey, which you can find at You can find over 40 more resources on geoscience issues in Minnesota in our Critical Issues Research Database.
Wed, 2016-09-28 14:04
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of geothermal power generation capacity in each U.S. state from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (@NREL), which you can find at If you're interested in learning more about the cutting edge of geothermal energy, check out our FAQ on enhanced geothermal systems.
Tue, 2016-09-27 14:59
On Tuesday September 20, the Critical Issues Program hosted a webinar on the state of desalination in the United States and further afield. The three speakers were Tzahi Cath (Colorado School of Mines), Jessica Jones (Poseidon Water), and Katherine Zodrow (Montana Tech). Topics covered included the past, present, and future of desalination technologies; the costs and waste management challenges of desalination plants; the recently opened seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, California; and brackish groundwater use and desalination in Texas. A recording of the webinar and the speakers’ slides can be found at Thank you to our co-sponsors, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, the National Ground Water Association, and the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists.
Tue, 2016-09-27 13:25
The National Ground Water Association published a new Washington Update. They reported that the NGWA Regulatory Affairs Officer participated in a White House Roundtable on National Drought Resistance Resilience and discussed the importance of groundwater monitoring and modeling, the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network and infrastructure financing programs. 
Tue, 2016-09-27 11:19
The Sesimological Society of America is seeking submissions for special sessions for their 2017 Annual Meeting. The deadline to submit is October 1, 2016. They encourage geoscientists to submit a session on cutting-edge research, methodology and technology developments and sessions are encouraged from across the broad fields of earthquake science, geotechnical and earthquake engineering, and seismology.  The SSA Annual Meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado on April 18-20, 2017. 
Tue, 2016-09-27 11:11
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of fault activity in California from the California Geological Survey, which you can find at If you're interested in learning more about faults and earthquakes in California, you can find related reports, maps, and other documents in the Critical Issues Research Database.
Tue, 2016-09-27 10:46
Watch New Webcast on Earth Science Week 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Geoff Camphire ( 9/27/2016   Alexandria, VA - Where can you find out about educational resources, events, and opportunities available through Earth Science Week, the annual worldwide celebration of the geosciences? Start by going online to view a new webcast titled "Get Involved: Earth Science Week 2016"!   This free webcast, narrated by AGI's Brendan Soles, provides an overview of learning activities, instructional materials, career resources, upcoming events, networking opportunities, contests, videos, and other programs available through Earth Science Week. The tutorial provides a tour of online links and resources for more information.   The roughly 5-minute webcast focuses on Earth Science Week 2016 (October 9-15), which celebrates the theme "Our Shared Geoheritage." To view the webcast, visit In addition, see webcasts...
Mon, 2016-09-26 16:05
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of water wells in Illinois from the Illinois State Geological Survey (@ILGeoSurvey), which you can find at If you're interested in learning more about groundwater resources, check out our webinar, Water as One Resource: How interactions between groundwater and surface water impact water availability.
Mon, 2016-09-26 10:35
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