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.

Interactive map of geothermal resources in the United States. Image Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
(2016-10-05)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared Geothermal Prospector, an interactive map of geothermal resources in the U.S. from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (@NREL), which you can find at http://bit.ly/2dlOJL9. For additional resources, check out...
 
GAO Critical Materials Report Cover
(2016-10-05)
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the report, "Strengthened Federal Approach Needed to Help Identify and Mitigate Supply Risks for Critical Raw Materials" (GAO-16-699). The 79 page report identified that federal agencies are primarily focused on two areas of activity related to critical minerals supply—assessing risk and supporting research. The report identifies selected strengths and limitations of federal critical materials activities and concludes with six recommendations. The GAO undertook this study noting that "...
 
Interactive map of groundwater quality in Idaho. Image Credit: Idaho Bureau of Laboratories, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
(2016-10-04)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of groundwater quality in Idaho from the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (@IDHW), which you...
 
Interactive map of oil and gas resources in Nevada. Image Credit: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
(2016-10-03)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of oil and gas resources in Nevada from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, which you can find at http://bit.ly/2cO48O1. If you're interested in learning more about oil and gas, check out our Basics and ...
 
Earth
(2016-10-03)
Welcome to October! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: •  The 2016 Critical Issues Forum is rapidly approaching. The roster of speakers is complete, the agenda is available online, and registration is now open....
 
Screenshot of the Marine Cadastre National Viewer. Image Credit: NOAA, BOEM
(2016-09-30)
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program’s workshop, “Opportunities and Needs in Integrated Water Prediction, Risk Assessment, and Management for Coastal Resilience,” concluded on September 28th, providing insights to coastal scientists and managers on how to better serve their communities. The second day built on themes discussed in earlier sessions, shifting the regional focus to the Great Lakes. Click “Read More” to see highlights from the second day:   •  The Ohio Sea Grant...
 
Screenshot of the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal map
(2016-09-29)
On September 27th and 28th, our Critical Issues intern attended a workshop hosted by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program: “Opportunities and Needs in Integrated Water Prediction, Risk Assessment, and Management for Coastal Resilience.” The first day focused on resilience issues along the Eastern seaboard. We have summarized highlights from the first day below:   •  “Today’s flood is...
 
Screenshot of tweet highlighting the MN Geological Survey interactive map of Minnesota bedrock geology. Image Credit: Minnesota Geological Survey
(2016-09-29)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of Minnesota's bedrock geology from the Minnesota Geological Survey, which you can find at http://bit.ly/1E3SYLw. You can find over 40 more resources on geoscience issues in Minnesota in our Critical Issues Research Database...
 
(2016-09-28)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of geothermal power generation capacity in each U.S. state from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (@NREL), which you can find at http://bit.ly/1BnlUkJ. If you're interested in learning more about the cutting edge of geothermal...
 

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