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Tue, 2016-10-04 14:07
EARTH Magazine: Thirsty Business - How the Tech Industry is Bracing for a Water Scarce Future FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maureen Moses ( 10/4/2016   Alexandria, VA - Server farms do the heavy lifting to meet public demand for information, from emails and tweets to credit card transactions and video streaming. Buildings that house the servers require tremendous amounts of energy to keep the servers running, and even more water to keep them functioning and cool. As the need for warehouses of servers has grown, tech giants like Facebook, Google and Microsoft have started building data centers in seemingly out-of-the-way places for good reason: because the local climates can reduce the energy and water needs for the operations. Not to be left behind, the semiconductor industry - led by companies like Intel - are also innovating to reduce their water usage.    The October issue of EARTH Magazine explores the multitude of ways the tech...
Mon, 2016-10-03 16:38
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of oil and gas resources in Nevada from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, which you can find at If you're interested in learning more about oil and gas, check out our Basics and Frequent Questions.
Mon, 2016-10-03 15:13
Welcome to October! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: •  The 2016 Critical Issues Forum is rapidly approaching. The roster of speakers is complete, the agenda is available online, and registration is now open. The topic of the forum is “Addressing Changes in Regional Groundwater Resources: Lessons from the High Plains Aquifer”. If you are interested in issues of water supply, usage, policy, and management, we invite you to join us in Golden, Colorado on October 27-28. •  We hosted our latest webinar, “Desalination as a Source of Fresh Water” on September 20th. If you missed it (or want a refresher) you can find a video recording and further resources here. •  We’ve expanded our Maps & Visualizations page, adding 5 new maps covering water resources in Georgia and Oklahoma, environmental monitoring and management in Utah, global climate information, and geoscience features in Puerto Rico. Click "Read More" to see more news...
Fri, 2016-09-30 16:57
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program’s workshop, “Opportunities and Needs in Integrated Water Prediction, Risk Assessment, and Management for Coastal Resilience,” concluded on September 28th, providing insights to coastal scientists and managers on how to better serve their communities. The second day built on themes discussed in earlier sessions, shifting the regional focus to the Great Lakes. Click “Read More” to see highlights from the second day:   •  The Ohio Sea Grant discussed how harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie can be mitigated by responsible, weather-sensitive farming in the watershed. •  The National Weather Service Office of Water Prediction described the National Water Model (NWM).  Launched in August 2016, the NWM is a hydrologic model that provides real-time stream flow data for the entire contiguous U.S. •  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discussed regional climate...
Fri, 2016-09-30 16:31
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of thermal springs throughout the U.S. from the National Centers for Environmental Information at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (@NOAA). Access the map here.
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.