Policy & Critical Issues Blog

Stay up to date on issues at the intersection of geoscience and society with our Policy & Critical Issues blog posts from the AGI Geotimes blog.

Welcome to May! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: On April 14th we held our most recent webinar, “State Responses to Induced Earthquakes,” showcasing the steps that Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio have been taking to monitor and reduce earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations. We were lucky to have three great speakers: Jeremy Boak (Oklahoma Geological Survey), Michael Young (Texas...
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At the most recent AGI Member Society Council meeting in Houston, we discussed many topics of interest to our community, including the upcoming March for Science, which will be held on April 22, 2017. To embrace our role as a respected, nonpartisan source of information that reflects the breadth and depth of the geosciences, we are not taking a position on the March. In a formal statement, our Executive Director, Ms. Allyson Anderson Book, emphasized our commitment to brokering “open, respectful communication...
Welcome to April! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: We have begun publishing a new suite of information products: case studies and factsheets on specific issues at the interface of geoscience and society. Our first factsheet, on groundwater use in the United States, is now live on our website. We will continue to produce and publish these throughout 2017, so if you have any comments, suggestions, or...
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Looking for science storytelling in DC? Free next Thursday night? The Story Collider is hosting a storytelling event featuring our 2015-16 Fisher Congressional Fellow Gifford Wong! Wong received his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College, and he now works for the U.S. State Department as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow for the...
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Today's Map of the Day from the Critical Issues resource platform is an interactive map of disposal and injection wells in Kentucky from the Kentucky Geological Survey. Follow AGI's Critical Issues Program on Twitter to get your daily map! 
U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) map of groundwater depletion
It's Groundwater Awareness Week 2017 (#GWAwarenessWeek if you're on twitter)! Today's Critical Issues Map of the Day from the USGS and shows the cumulative depletion of groundwater for 40 aquifer systems across the U.S (excluding Alaska). The map depicts depletion over the time period of 1900 to 2008 and is measured in cubic kilometers. 
Map of the Day: Below-Normal Streamflow in the U.S.
While it's been a wet winter for California, there are many places in the Eastern U.S. that experiencing below normal streamflow. Today's "Map of the Day" is from the U.S. Geological Survey WaterWatch program. The map identifies drought conditions ranging from extreme hydrological droughts to below normal streamflow conditions across the entire U.S. Follow Critical Issues on Twitter for daily maps, free...
Welcome to March! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: On February 8th we held our most recent webinar, “Assessing, Mitigating, and Communicating Flood Risk,” showcasing efforts and resources on federal, state, and local levels, including case studies from South Carolina and Colorado. Thank you to the almost 800 people who registered and more than 500 who attended, and to our superb speakers Marie Peppler (U.S. Geological Survey), Maria Cox Lamm (SC Department of...
Map of the Day 2/27/2017: Mines and Mineral Resources
Do you know where the U.S. mines and mineral resources closet to you are? Perhaps now is the time to explore the Critical Issues Map of the Day, one of the many resources on the online resource platform. Using this USGS map tool, you can zoom in to obtain reports on past and present mines, mine prospects, and processing plants. Follow Critical Issues on Twitter for daily...
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources is hosting a one-day workshop on March 27.  No charge for registration, which includes the option for virtual attendance. For information and registration,...