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.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is hosting a workshop "Drones and the Future of Aviation" today which can be live-streamed. OSTP also outlined key actions that will be announced today including: $35 million in research funding from NSF, and a broad range of...
Cover of the Updated Version of the Geochemical Atlas of Alaska. Watercolor of a plane flying through Alaskan Mountain Ranges.
The USGS has released an updated version of the Geochemical Map of Alaska. Additionally, the USGS Minerals Program tweeted an interview regarding the origins of this update - namely stable access to critical minerals. AGI's Critical Issues Program hosted a webinar on the "Science and Supply of Critical...
#MapOfTheDay! Where are mineral resources & mines in the U.S.? Interactive #map: http://bit.ly/1F8jS9m  via @USGS ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
July 28, 2016 Critical Issues Map of the Day: Groundwater Depletion for 40 U.S. aquifer systems
#MapoftheDay: Groundwater depletion for 40 U.S. aquifer systems: http://bit.ly/1GDtI4g  via @USGS ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Satellite image of Hurricane Isabel.  Image Credit: Jacques Descloitres, NASA
June 16, 2016 -The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held their Monthly Climate Briefing telecast on June 16, 2016. The presentations summarized NOAA’s May U.S. and global climate analyses, monthly and seasonal forecasts, and the outlook for La Niña development. The speakers were Deke Arndt and Brad Pugh, both of NOAA. Arndt discussed recent temperature trends in the U.S. and globally, pointing out that May 2016 was the warmest May on record at 0.87°C (1.57°F) above the 20th century average, a trend driven largely...
AGI's Geoscience Policy Program published the May 2016 Summary of federal-level legislation impacting the geoscience community. This includes continuing appropriations discussions in both the House and Senate for funding in FY 2017 for agencies that employ geoscientists, studying geoscience systems or fund geoscience research such as NASA,...
Geo-CVD (Geosicences Congressional Visits Day) is happening over the next two days, First of all, Geo-CVD is a great opportunity for geoscientists to meet with their legislators in Washington, D.C.  Here is information on it from AGI, the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and the Seismological Society of...