Geoscience and Mississippi

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What is Geoscience?

Geoscientists study the Earth’s systems—the complex geologic, marine, atmospheric, and hydrologic processes that sustain life and the economy. Geoscience expertise enables us to develop solutions to critical economic, environmental, health, and safety challenges.

By the numbers: Mississippi

$220 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20166

3,400: geoscience employees (non-federal/self-employed)1

5,100: jobs in extractive industries in 20152

55 severe storm, hurricane/tropical storm, and tornado disaster declarations since 19537

10 flooding disaster declarations since 19537

$32.3 million: NSF grants awarded in Mississippi in 201617

$1.8 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in Mississippi in 201617

Your State Source for Geoscience Information

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality: Office of Geology
700 North State St.
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 961-5500


Workforce in Mississippi

  • 3,400: geoscience employees (non-federal/self-employed) in 20151
  • $71,800: average median geoscience employee salary1
  • 5,100: jobs in extractive industries in 20152
  • 6: academic geoscience departments3

Water in Mississippi

  • 2.63 billion gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal4
  • 1.3 billion gallons/day: total surface water withdrawal4
  • 395 million gallons/day: public supply water withdrawal4
  • 2.1 billion gallons/day: water withdrawal for irrigation4
  • 203 million gallons/day: self-supplied industrial fresh water withdrawal4
  • 85% of the population is served by public water supplies4
  • 45 USGS stream gages in Mississippi5

Energy and Minerals Production in Mississippi

  • $220 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20166
  • 24.9 million barrels: crude oil produced in 20152
  • 58.2 billion cubic feet: natural gas produced in 20152

Natural Hazards in Mississippi

FEMA statistics for Mississippi

  • 29 severe storm disaster declarations since 19537
  • 15 hurricane/tropical storm disaster declarations since 19537
  • 10 flooding disaster declarations since 19537
  • 11 tornado disaster declarations since 19537
  • $1.4 billion: individual assistance grants since 20057
  • $505 million: mitigation grants since 20057
  • $332 million: preparedness grants since 20057
  • $3.4 billion: public assistance grants since 20057
  • 63 weather and/or climate events, each with costs exceeding $1 billion (inflation adjusted) 1980-20168

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geologic Mapping

  • $1.06 billion: total FY 2016USGS budget; 1.6% up from FY 20159
  • The USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) funds geologic mapping projects by states (STATEMAP) and universities (EDMAP)
  • $1.9 million: Mississippi STATEMAP funding (1993-2016)10
  • Over 100 maps in Mississippi created through STATEMAP (1993-2014)10
  • University of Mississippi participated in EDMAP10

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • $5.6 billion: total FY 2016 NASA Science budget; 6.6% up from FY 201511
  • $1.9 billion: total FY 2016 NASA Earth Science budget; 7.7% up from FY 201512
  • GRACE satellites measure groundwater changes in all of Mississippi13
  • SMAP satellite measures soil moisture in all of Mississippi13
  • PACE satellite measures cloud coverage over all of Mississippi13

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • $5.8 billion: total FY 2016 NOAA budget; 5.9% up from FY 201514
  • GOES satellites provide state-of-the-art weather forecasting over Mississippi15
  • 15 National Weather Service Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS) stations in Mississippi16
  • 148 National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) sites in Mississippi16

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • $7.46 billion: total FY 2016 NSF budget; 1.6% up from FY 201517
  • $1.28 billion: total FY 2016 NSF Geosciences Directorate (GEO) awards; 1.6% up from FY 201517
  • 74 NSF grants in Mississippi totaling $32.3 million in 201617
  • 7 NSF GEO grants in Mississippi totaling $1.8 million in 201617
  • $1.08 million: NSF GEO grants to University of Mississippi in 201617

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • $8.14 billion: total FY 2016 EPA budget; 0% up from FY 201518
  • 10 active/proposed superfund sites19
  • $196 million: cumulative federal grants for Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) in Mississippi (1997-2016)20
  • $9 million: annual value of federal DWSRF grants in Mississippi in 201620

Major Federal Facilities in Mississippi

  • USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center, Jackson
  • NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center, Jackson
  • NOAA Surface Radiation Measurement Network
  • NASA Stennis Space Center, Kiln


1Data Derived from Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics 2015
2DOI U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
3American Geosciences Institute Directory of Geoscience Departments 2016
4USGS Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010
5USGS WaterWatch Total Streamgage Stations, March 10, 2017
6USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries 2017
7FEMA Summary of Disaster Declarations and Grants, 2016
8NOAA Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Mapping
10USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
11NASA Budget Documents, Strategic Plans and Performance Reports
12American Institute of Physics FY2016 Appropriations
13Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE); Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP); Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
14NOAA Total Budget
15Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) & Deep Space Climate Observatory (DISCOVR)
16NOAA in Your State
17NSF Budget Internet Information System
18EPA Budget and Spending
19EPA Search for Superfund Sites Where You Live (August 2017)
20EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund National Information Management System Reports

Date updated: 2017-08-07

Written and compiled by J. Bernau and A. Ackerman for AGI, July 2017

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