Geoscience in New Jersey

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What is Geoscience?

Geoscience is the study of the Earth and the complex geologic, marine, atmospheric, and hydrologic processes that sustain life and the economy. Understanding the Earth’s surface and subsurface, its resources, history, and hazards allows us to develop solutions to critical economic, environmental, health, and safety challenges.

By the numbers: New Jersey

8,387 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1

569 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3

$265 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174

50 total disaster declarations, including 17 severe storm, 9 hurricane, and 8 flood disasters (1953-2017)⁶

$15.3 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in 201714

Your State Source for Geoscience Information

New Jersey Geological and Water Survey
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
609-292-1185

 

Workforce in New Jersey

  • 8,387 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed) in 20171
  • $71,342: average median geoscience employee salary1
  • 14 academic geoscience departments2

Water Use in New Jersey

  • 569 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3
  • 4.74 billion gallons/day: total surface water withdrawal3
  • 1.18 billion gallons/day: public supply water withdrawal3
  • 94 million gallons/day: water withdrawal for irrigation3
  • 94 million gallons/day: self-supplied industrial fresh water withdrawal3
  • 89% of the population is served by public water supplies3

Energy and Minerals in New Jersey

  • $265 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174
  • Crushed stone, sand and gravel (construction), sand and gravel (industrial): top three nonfuel minerals in order of value produced in 20174
  • 1.17 million megawatt hours: solar produced in 20175
  • 938,000 megawatt hours: other biomass produced in 20175

Natural Hazards in New Jersey

  • 50 total disaster declarations, including 17 severe storm, 9 hurricane, and 8 flood disasters (1953-2017)6
  • $640 million: individual assistance grants (2005-2017)6
  • $761 million: mitigation grants (2005-2017)6
  • $847 million: preparedness grants (2005-2017)6
  • $2.23 billion: public assistance grants (2005-2017)⁶
  • 42 weather and/or climate events, each with costs exceeding $1 billion (inflation adjusted) (1980-2017)7

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

  • $1.15 billion: total USGS budget in FY 2018 (5.8% increase from FY 2017)8
  • The National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program funds geologic mapping projects with federal (FEDMAP), state (STATEMAP), and university (EDMAP) partners
  • $2.91 million: New Jersey STATEMAP funding (1993-2016)9
  • USGS streamgages collect real-time or recent streamflow, groundwater, and water-quality data in New Jersey

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • $20.7 billion: total NASA budget in FY 2018 (5.5% increase from FY 2017)10
  • $1.9 billion: total NASA Earth Science budget in FY 2018 (0% change from FY 2017)10
  • Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites measure groundwater changes in New Jersey
  • Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite measures soil moisture in New Jersey

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • $5.9 billion: total NOAA budget FY 2018 (4.1% increase from FY 2017)11
  • Next-generation geostationary (GOES) and polar orbiting (JPSS) satellites provide weather forecasting for New Jersey
  • Deep Space Climate Observatory (DISCOVR) satellite monitors radiation and air quality over New Jersey
  • 11 National Weather Service Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS) stations in New Jersey12
  • 55 National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) sites in New Jersey12

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • $7.8 billion: total NSF budget in FY 2018 (4% increase from FY 2017)13
  • $1.4 billion: total NSF Geosciences Directorate (GEO) awards in FY 2017 (7.2% increase from FY 2016)14
  • 62 NSF GEO awards in New Jersey totaling $15.3 million in 201714
  • $8.8 million: NSF GEO grants awarded to Princeton University in 201714

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • $8.1 billion: total EPA budget in FY 2018 (0% change from FY 2017)15
  • 114 active Superfund sites New Jersey in 201816
  • $15.7 million: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) grants in New Jersey in 201717
  • $800,000: Brownfield cleanup grants awarded to New Jersey in 201818

Federal Facilities in New Jersey

  • USGS New Jersey Water Science Center, Lawrenceville
  • NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton
  • DOE Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Princeton

References

1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017
2. American Geosciences Institute, Directory of Geoscience Departments, 53rd Edition (2018)
3. U.S. Geological Survey, Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2015
4. U.S. Geological Survey, Mineral Commodity Summaries 2018
5. U.S. Energy Information Administration
6. FEMA Data Visualization: Summary of Disaster Declarations and Grants (accessed May 2, 2018)
7. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters from 1980 to 2018 (accessed April 6, 2018)
8. U.S. Department of the Interior, FY 2019 Budet in Brief
9. U.S. Geological Survey, National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
10. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, FY 2019 Budget Estimates
11. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, FY 2019 Bluebook
12. NOAA In Your State and Territory
13. U.S. House of Representatives, FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill (Division B) – Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
14. National Science Foundation, Budget Information System
15. U.S. House of Representatives, FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill (Division G) – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
16. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Superfund Sites
17. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund National Information Management System Reports
18. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Brownfields Grant Fact Sheet Search



Date updated: 2018-09-04

Compiled by the AGI Geoscience Policy Program, July 2018

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