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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: August 2013

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Water

  • New USGS water science strategy factsheet

    The U.S. Geological Survey released a fact sheet summarizing a new national Water Science Strategy. The new strategy takes a comprehensive look at the country’s water needs for the next 5 to 10 years, and includes plans to build new infrastructure and capabilities to meet domestic water needs. The 5 goals outlined in the Water Science Strategy are to provide information to society, advance the understanding of water processes, predict changes in the quantity and quality of water resources, anticipate and respond to water-related emergencies, and to deliver timely data to decision makers and the public.

    The Water Science Strategy is one of seven science strategy reports—one prepared  by each of the Mission Areas in the USGS—that outline  future directions for science at the USGS. The full reports can be accessed at http://www.usgs.gov/start_with_science/.

 

 

 

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Monthly Review prepared by: Maeve Boland, Geoscience Policy Director; Abby Seadler, Geoscience Policy Associate; Sophia Ford, AGI/AAPG Fall Intern; and Brittany Huhmann, Clinton Koch, and John Kemper 2013 AGI/AIPG Summer Interns.

Sources: The American Meteorological Society, the Arctic Council, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Register, the House of Representatives, National Academies Press, National Park Service, Nature Geoscience, Scottish Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Space Policy Online, Union of Concerned Scientists, United Nations Environment Program, United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Government Printing Office, U.S. Senate, the White House

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Compiled September 9, 2013