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.

Gifford Wong photo
(2017-03-08)
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...
 
Screenshot of the KGS injection and disposal wells interactive map
(2017-03-07)
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
(2017-03-06)
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.
(2017-03-01)
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...
 
Earth
(2017-03-01)
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
(2017-02-27)
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...
 
NASEM logo
(2017-02-27)
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,...
 
Earth
(2017-02-01)
Welcome to February! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: We’ve revamped our website to make it easier to find useful geoscience information. Visit our “Explore the Geosciences” homepage, or check out our updated information portals on climate, energy,...
 
AGI Forum 2016 Groundwater Issues
(2017-02-01)
Video footage from the 2016 AGI Critical Issues Forum is now available. Check it out here.   The 2016 AGI Critical Issues Forum was a 1-½ day meeting covering multiple aspects of groundwater depletion in the High Plains. Break-out sessions and participant discussions identified lessons learned and best practices from the High Plains Aquifer experience that might apply to other regions facing changes in the...
 
Geoscience Currents #115
(2017-01-19)
In December, the AGI Workforce Program published Geoscience Currents #115 - "State Geological Survey Publications: Reaching Beyond State Boundaries." Many publications from state geological surveys are featured in the Critical Issues Research Database, which is maintained by AGI's Critical Issues Program.  ...
 

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