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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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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...
Federal Geoscience Education Policy Review: Jan-June
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...
Front cover of Petroleum and the Environment (2018)
 Download the full Petroleum and The Environment publication (or click here for a higher-resolution version) Purchase a print copy ($19.99) This publication provides a completely rewritten and expanded update to the original Petroleum and...
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. The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to bring you this summary of the major developments in federal geoscience policy during 2017.

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-...
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...

Policy & Critical Issues Staff

Edward C. Robeck
Director of Education and Policy

Ben Mandler
Program Supervisor, Policy and Critical Issues
Schlumberger Senior Researcher

Cassaundra Rose
Program Manager, Policy and Critical Issues

Anna Normand
Senior Policy Associate

Michelle Barreto
Geoscience Policy Associate

Bryce Koester
AGI/Paleontological Society Geoscience Policy Intern

Chris Micucci
Geoscience Policy Intern

Veronica Tuazon
Critical Issues Intern

General Inquiries

Geoscience Policy: govt@americangeosciences.org

Critical Issues: cipinfo@americangeosciences.org