Geoscience and Louisiana

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: Louisiana

$560 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20167

7,390: geoscience employees (non-federal/self-employed)1

45,268: jobs in extractive industry in 20152

41 severe storm, hurricane/tropical storm, and tornado disaster declarations since 19538

26 flooding disaster declarations since 19538

$45.6 million: NSF grants awarded in Louisiana in 201618

$2.3 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in Louisiana in 201618

Your State Source for Geoscience Information

Louisiana Geological Survey
3079 Energy, Coastal and Environment Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Workforce in Louisiana

  • 7,390: geoscience employees (non-federal/selfemployed) in 20151
  • $78,500: average median geoscience employee salary1
  • 45,268: jobs in extractive industries in 20152
  • 14: academic geoscience departments3

Water in Louisiana

  • 1,570 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal4
  • 6,970 million gallons/day: total surface water withdrawal4
  • 746 million gallons/day: public water supply withdrawal4
  • 928 million gallons/day: irrigation water withdrawal4
  • 2,060 million gallons/day: self-supplied industrial fresh water withdrawal4
  • 87% of the population is served by public water supplies4
  • 38 parishes in 2015, and 19 parishes in 2016, designated as primary natural disaster areas caused by drought5
  • 36 USGS stream gages in Louisiana6

Energy and Minerals Production in Louisiana

  • $560 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20167
  • 62.9 million barrels: crude oil produced in 20152
  • 1.9 trillion cubic feet: natural gas produced in 2015, #5 in the nation2
  • 2.6 million short tons: coal produced in 20142
  • 1 million megawatt hours: hydroelectricity produced in 20152

Hazards in Louisiana

FEMA statistics for Louisiana

  • 14 severe storm disaster declarations since 19538
  • 23 hurricane/tropical storm disaster declarations since 19538
  • 26 flooding disaster declarations since 19538
  • 4 tornado disaster declarations since 19538
  • 1 fire disaster declarations since 19538
  • $7 billion: individual assistance grants since 20058
  • $3 billion: mitigation grants since 20058
  • $431 million: preparedness grants since 20058
  • $15.5 billion: public assistance grants since 20058
  • 51 weather and/or climate events, each with costs exceeding $1 billion (inflation adjusted) 1980-20169

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geologic Mapping

  • $1.06 billion: total USGS budget; 1.6% up from FY 201510
  • The USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) funds geologic mapping projects by states (STATEMAP) and universities (EDMAP)
  • $1,990,304: Louisiana STATEMAP funding (1993-2016)11
  • Over 40 geologic maps in Louisiana created with STATEMAP support (1993-2010)11
  • Over half of Louisiana mapped through STATEMAP (1993-2010)11
  • Centenary College of Louisiana, Louisiana State University, University of New Orleans, University of Louisiana - Monroe participated in EDMAP11

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • $5.6 billion: total NASA Science budget; 6.6% up from FY 201512
  • $1.9 billion: total NASA Earth Science budget; 7.7% up from FY 201513
  • GRACE satellites measure groundwater changes in all of Louisiana14
  • SMAP satellite measures soil moisture in all of Louisiana14
  • PACE satellite measures cloud coverage over all of Louisiana14
  • GPM satellite measures precipitation over all of Louisiana14

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • $5.8 billion: total NOAA budget; 5.9% up from FY 201515
  • GOES satellites provide state-of-the-art weather forecasting over Louisiana16
  • DISCOVR satellite monitors radiation and air quality over Louisiana16
  • 21 National Weather Service observing stations in Louisiana17
  • 166 National Weather Service cooperative observer sites in Louisiana17

National Science Foundation

  • $7.46 billion: total NSF budget; 1.6% up from FY 201518
  • $1.28 billion: total NSF Geosciences Directorate (GEO) budget; 1.6% up from FY 201518
  • 166 NSF grants in Louisiana totaling $45.6 million in 201618
  • 15 NSF GEO grants in Louisiana totaling $2.3 million in 201618
  • $1.2 million: NSF GEO grants to Louisiana State University & Agricultural and Mechanical College in 201618
  • $510,000: NSF GEO grants to Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium in 201618

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • $8.14 billion: total EPA budget; 0% up from FY 201519
  • 27 active/proposed superfund sites20
  • $281.0 million: cumulative federal grants for Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) in Louisiana (1997-2016)21
  • $11.4 million: annual value of federal DWSRF grants in Louisiana in 201621


1Data Derived from Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics (2015)
2U.S. DOI 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
5USDA Farm Service Agency: Disaster Designation Information, 2015 (2015 Crop Year & 2016 Crop Year)
6USGS WaterWatch Total Streamgage Stations (March 10, 2017)
7USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries 2017
8FEMA Summary of Disaster Declarations and Grants (2016)
9NOAA Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Mapping
10DOI Budget and Performance
11USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
12NASA Budget Documents, Strategic Plans and Performance Reports
13American Institute of Physics FY2016 Appropriations
14Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE); Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP); Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE); Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM);
15NOAA Total Budget
16Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) & Deep Space Climate Observatory (DISCOVR)
17NOAA in Your State
18NSF Budget Internet Information System
19EPA Budget and Spending
20EPA Search for Superfund Sites Where You Live (March 2017)
21EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund National Information Management System Reports


Date updated: 2017-04-11

Written and compiled by Jeremiah Bernau for AGI, April 2017

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