Geoscience and Illinois

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What is Geoscience?

Geoscientists study the Earth’s systems—the complex geologic, marine, atmospheric, and hydrologic processes that sustain life and the economy. Geoscience expertise enables us to develop solutions to critical economic, environmental, health, and safety challenges.

By the numbers: Illinois

$1.72 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20166

9,900: geoscience employees (non-federal/self-employed)1

9,300: jobs in extractive industries in 20152

25 severe storm, hurricane/tropical storm, and tornado disaster declarations since 19537

15 flooding disaster declarations since 19537

$315.5 million: NSF grants awarded in 2016 to Illinois17

$13.8 million: NSF GEO grants in 2016 to Illinois17

Your State Source for Geoscience Information

Illinois State Geological Survey
615 E. Peabody
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-5105

Workforce in Illinois

  • 9,900: geoscience employees (non-federal/self-employed) in 20151
  • $75,500: average median geoscience employee salary1
  • 9,300: jobs in extractive industries in 20152
  • 39: academic geoscience departments3

Water in Illinois

  • 880 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal4
  • 12.2 billion gallons/day: total surface water withdrawal4
  • 1.5 billion gallons/day: public water supply withdrawal4
  • 226 million gallons/day: irrigation water withdrawal4
  • 390 million gallons/day: self-supplied industrial fresh water withdrawal4
  • 91% of the population is served by public water supplies4
  • 133 USGS stream gages in Illinois5

Energy and Minerals Production in Illinois

  • $1.72 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20166
  • 9.5 million barrels: crude oil produced in 20152
  • 2.8 billion cubic feet: natural gas produced in 20142
  • 56 million short tons: coal produced in 20152
  • 10.7 million megawatt hours: wind power produced in 20152
  • 967,000 megawatt hours: hydroelectricity produced in 20152

Natural Hazards in Illinois

FEMA statistics for Illinois

  • 25 severe storm disaster declarations since 19537
  • 15 flooding disaster declarations since 19537
  • 10 tornado disaster declarations since 19537
  • 8 fire disaster declarations since 19537
  • $651 million: individual assistance grants since 20057
  • $249 million: mitigation grants since 20057
  • $1.35 billion: preparedness grants since 20057
  • $273 million: public assistance grants since 20057
  • 60 weather and/or climate events, each with costs exceeding $1 billion (inflation adjusted) 1980-20168

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geologic Mapping

  • $1.06 billion: total USGS budget; 1.6% up from FY 20159
  • The USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) funds geologic mapping projects by states (STATEMAP) and universities (EDMAP)
  • $4.05 million: Illinois STATEMAP funding (1993-2016)10
  • Over 150 geologic maps covering 10,000 square miles of Illinois created though through STATEMAP (1993-2013)10
  • Illinios universities participated in EDMAP10

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • $5.6 billion: total NASA Science budget; 6.6% up from FY 201511
  • $1.9 billion: total NASA Earth Science budget; 7.7% up from FY 201512
  • GRACE satellites measure groundwater changes in all of Illinois13
  • SMAP satellite measures soil moisture in all of Illinois13

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • $5.8 billion: total NOAA budget; 5.9% up from FY 201514
  • GOES satellites provide state-of-the-art weather forecasting over Illinois15
  • 15 National Weather Service Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS) stations in Illinois16
  • 138 National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) sites in Illinois16

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • $7.46 billion: total NSF budget; 1.6% up from FY 201517
  • $1.28 billion: total NSF Geosciences Directorate (GEO) awards; 1.6% up from FY 201517
  • 848 NSF grants in Illinois totaling $315.5 million in 201617
  • 64 NSF GEO grants in Illinois totaling $13.8 million in 201617
  • $5.5 million: NSF GEO grants to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 201617
  • $5.5 million: NSF GEO grants to the University of Chicago in 201617

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • $8.14 billion: total EPA budget; 0% up from FY 201518
  • 49 active/proposed superfund sites19
  • $738 million: federal grants for Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) in Illinois (1997-2016)20
  • $35 million: annual value of federal DWSRF grants in Illinois in 201620

Major Federal Facilities in Illinois

  • USGS Illinois Water Science Center, Urbana
  • NOAA Real-Time Meteorological Observation Network, Chicago
  • NSF Blue Waters Project, Urbana-Champaign
  • DOE Argonne National Lab, Argonne
  • DOE Fermi National Accelerator Lab, Batavia


1Data Derived from Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics 2015
2DOI U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
3American Geosciences Institute Directory of Geoscience Departments 2016
4USGS Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010
5USGS WaterWatch Total Streamgage Stations, March 10, 2017
6USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries 2017
7FEMA Summary of Disaster Declarations and Grants, 2016
8NOAA Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Mapping
10USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
11NASA Budget Documents, Strategic Plans and Performance Reports
12American Institute of Physics FY2016 Appropriations
13Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE); Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP); Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
14NOAA Total Budget
15Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) & Deep Space Climate Observatory (DISCOVR)
16NOAA in Your State
17NSF Budget Internet Information System
18EPA Budget and Spending
19EPA Search for Superfund Sites Where You Live (Agust 2017)
20EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund National Information Management System Reports

Date updated: 2017-08-07

Written and compiled by J. Bernau and A. Ackerman for AGI, July 2017

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