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33 rd IGC | International Consortium of Geological Surveys . An Integrated Strategy for Government-Sponsored Science Mark Myers, Director U.S. Geological Survey 11 August 2008. U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey. U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey.

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33rd IGC | International Consortium of Geological Surveys

An Integrated Strategy for Government-Sponsored ScienceMark Myers, Director U.S. Geological Survey11 August 2008

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Geological Survey

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Night light produced largely from fossil fuels

An index of population and human power in the environment

NASA

Night light produced largely from fossil fuels

Lots of Us Using Lots of Stuff!

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Human-induced changes on a global scale

  • Rising demand for resources
  • Approaching thresholds of ecosystems
  • Scientific knowledge is essential for a sustainable society
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Ecosystem Services

Goods and services of value to humans that come

from natural systems

Not well integrated into decision making

Not fully valued in economic discussions, societal decisions

Markets are insufficient to convey benefits of ecosystems

science a bridge to rational solutions

Evangelical Leaders Join Global Warming Initiative - New York Times

February 8, 2006

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Despite opposition from some of their colleagues, 86 evangelical Christian leaders have decided to back a major initiative to fight global warming, saying "millions of people could die in this century

Copper prices set another recordBy Dale Funk, Contributing EditorApr 1, 2006 12:00 PMWhile most wire and cable industry veterans and commodity analysts expected 2006 to be a year of moderation for copper prices, when copper jumped 9.45 cents to nearly $2.36 a pound on March 17 on the New York Mercantile Exchange, it set another record.

A British experts report on climate change warns that failure to curb global warming could trigger worldwide economic devastation, with poor countries hit first and hardest.  Prime Minister Tony Blair called for urgent international action.

Science – a bridge to rational solutions
the relevance of national surveys
The Relevance of National Surveys

Authoritative, unbiased

Accessible

Extensive national and global observation networks and databases require a national commitment

Historical perspective essential for information continuity and archival

Decision support tools Partnerships optimize science resources, build consensus

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Understanding Ecosystems and Predicting Ecosystem Change

Climate Variability and Change

Energy and Minerals for America’s Future

A National Hazards, Risk, and Resilience Assessment Program

The Role of Environment and Wildlife in Human Health

A Water Census of the United States

Data Integration and Beyond

USGS Science Strategy

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Circum-Arctic Resources Assessment

First publicly available petroleum resource estimate of the entire area north of the Arctic Circle; released 23 July

Conducted with international partners

  • Geological Survey of Canada
  • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
  • U.S. Minerals Management Service
  • Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
  • USGS World Energy Consortium
  • Cambridge Arctic Shelves Programme
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Polar bears and a changing Arctic

USGS science findings contributed to the DOI decision to list polar bears as a threatened species 1. Sea ice is vital to polar bear survival 2. Sea ice habitat has dramatically melted in recent decades 3. Models suggest sea is ice likely to further recede in the future

USGS studies other impacts of changing Arctic conditions

  • Other Arctic species
  • Recoverability of energy resources
  • Law Of The Sea issues
toward future geological surveys
Toward future geological surveys

New frontiers for Geological Surveys

Beyond traditional categories of natural resources

Assess energy alternatives

Consider societal resilience

Expand as vital sources for science information

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