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AGI’s Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs support well-informed public policy and decision making by providing information and facilitating dialogue between the geoscience community and decision makers.

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U.S. Whitehouse (Chris Keane/AGI) U.S. Capitol (Chris Keane/AGI) U.S. Archives (Photograph by Mike Peel. www.mikepeel.net) Principal working with student. (U.S. Department of Education (CC BY 2.0))


Front cover of Petroleum and the Environment (2018)
 Download the full Petroleum and The Environment publication Purchase a print copy ($19.99) This publication provides a completely rewritten and expanded update to the original Petroleum and the Environment, published in 2003 as part of AGI’...
Groundwater Recharge Pond. Image Credit: Kelly M. Grow/California Department of Water Resources
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Background: Groundwater is a critically important source of water in the U.S., supplying fresh water for drinking supplies, agricultural irrigation, and streams, rivers, and ecosystems. However, groundwater is becoming increasingly depleted in most...
Geoscientists talk with community leaders in Berlin, Maryland
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Background: The geosciences provide valuable knowledge and tools that can be applied to a wide range of community issues, including air and water quality; geologic hazards; the provision of energy, water, and mineral resources; climate and weather...
Landslide in Big Sur, California, July 2017. Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Background: Landslides are a hazard that affects every U.S. state and territory, causing at least $1 billion in damage and 25–50 deaths annually in the United States. They include mudslides and debris flows, rockfalls, and slope failures, and occur...
Cover of Federal Geoscience Education Policy Review, January - June 2018. Image credit: American Geosciences Institute
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The American Geosciences Institute’s (AGI) Department of Education and Policy presents the first Federal Geoscience Education Policy Review. This mid-year review summarizes key federal policy actions from January through June 2018 that are relevant to geoscience educators.

AGI Geoscience Policy Annual Review 2018
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
AGI Geoscience Policy Annual Review 2017
Friday, January 12, 2018

The 2016 election brought a new President and a new Congress to Washington, D.C. in January 2017. Throughout the year, geoscience issues have been the focus of significant action by the President and members of Congress.

Wildfire flames and vegetation during the Thomas fire, California. Image Credit: U.S. Forest Service
Wildfires are causing more frequent and wider-ranging societal impacts, especially as residential communities continue to expand into wildland areas.  Since 2000, there have been twelve wildfires in...
Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI
How does geoscience affect your state? The AGI Geoscience Policy team created State Geoscience Information factsheets to inform geoscientists and decision makers on how geoscience impacts their state. These factsheets highlight geoscience areas...
Cover image of GWG 2017 Transition document; Image credit: American Geosciences Institute
Geoscientists gather and interpret data about the Earth and other planets, providing the data, tools, and expertise to help solve some of America’s greatest challenges. The policy proposals laid out in this document are centered around five high-...

General Inquiries

Geoscience Policy: govt@americangeosciences.org

Critical Issues: cipinfo@americangeosciences.org