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 thermal springs in the U.S. Image Credit: NOAA
(2016-09-30)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of thermal springs throughout the U.S. from the National Centers for Environmental Information at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (@NOAA). Access the map here.
 
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...
 
Interactive map of California fault activity. Image Credit: California Geological Survey
(2016-09-27)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of fault activity in California from the California Geological Survey, which you can find at http://bit.ly/1MM9qFS. If you're interested in learning more about faults and earthquakes in California, you can find related reports, maps, and other...
 
Interactive map of Illinois water wells. Image Credit: Illinois State Geological Survey
(2016-09-26)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of water wells in Illinois from the Illinois State Geological Survey (@ILGeoSurvey), which you can find at http://bit.ly/1EE9HoT. If you're interested in learning more about groundwater resources, check out our...
 
Interactive map of Texas Gulf shoreline change rates. Image Credit: Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas
(2016-09-23)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of shoreline change rates along the Texas Gulf Coast from the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences (@txgeosciences), which you can find at...
 
Interactive map of the surface geology of Arkansas. Image Credit: Arkansas Geological Survey
(2016-09-22)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of surface geology from the Arkansas Geological Survey (@ARGeological), which you can find at http://bit.ly/1N8Pu4B . If you're interested in learning more about Arkansas geology, further...
 
August 2016 Statewide Precipitation Ranks. Image Credit: NOAA
(2016-09-21)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held their latest Monthly Climate Briefing on September 15, 2016, and we have summarized the highlights for you below: •  August 2016 is the 17th warmest (73.6°F, 1.5°F above average), 2nd wettest August (3.47", 0.85" above average) since 1895 for the contiguous U.S. •  Eight states (CT, DE, MD, MA, NJ, NY, PA, and RI) experienced their warmest August on record. •  This was Louisiana’s wettest August on the 122-year state record, exemplified by...
 
Interactive map of oil and gas resources in Illinois. Image Credit: Illinois State Geological Survey
(2016-09-21)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of geothermal resources and infrastructure from the Illinois State Geological Survey (@ILGeoSurvey), which you can find at http://bit.ly/1H4eAg6. If you're interested in learning more about oil and gas, check...
 

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