The USGS Office of International Programs accomplishes the
international mission of USGS by supporting activities that may be broadly
divided among four main categories:
that enable USGS scientists to contribute to efforts to address global
scientific, natural resource, and environmental issues;
that improve the effectiveness of the U.S. to carry out its fundamental
that further U.S. foreign policy and national security interests;
- Activities that promote the competitiveness of
the U.S. private sector in the global economy.
Over the past 40 years, USGS has provided technical
assistance to more than 100 countries and hosted thousands of visiting
scientists. The nature of the assistance includes short- and long-term
assignments both of USGS personnel to scientific projects abroad and of foreign
scientists and technicians to USGS activities in the United States.
USGS Office of International Programs supports activities that enable USGS
scientists to contribute to efforts to address global scientific, natural
resource, and environmental issues by:
global reference data sets for use by scientists investigating regional and
global environmental trends.
studies of historic climatic and ecological changes in the geologic record to
help understand the likely consequences of future climate change in ecosystems
at different latitudes.
the U.S. Government in organizations such as the World Meteorological
Organization and the International Hydrologic Program of UNESCO.
USGS Office of International Programs supports activities that improve the
effectiveness of the U.S. to carry out its fundamental domestic missions
scientific knowledge, insights, and data needed by domestic programs, such as
knowledge of hydrologic, geologic, and biologic systems as well as mapping,
remote sensing, and GIS technologies.
studies to support increased cooperation in managing migratory species
(including migratory birds, fish, Arctic mammals, sea turtles), non-native
invasive species, and shared (transborder) ecosystems.
in international scientific professional societies
to the knowledge and skills base of USGS scientists.
- The USGS
Office of International Programs supports activities that further U.S. foreign
policy and national security interests by:
information and technical assistance in responding to catastrophic earthquakes,
volcanic eruptions, floods, and droughts in foreign countries.
technical assistance in the assessment of water, energy, and mineral resources
and in the development of data and information standards and regional
scientific cooperation to create non-threatening environments to facilitate
communication and negotiation among resource managers
studies to control the spread and reduce the impacts of non-native invasive
plants, animals, and pathogens that have been introduced into the U.S.
technical assistance to international organizations in documenting, managing,
and integrating biological data and information
multilateral sharing projects to ameliorate regional conflicts through the
sharing of data and scientific expertise
global assessments of energy and mineral resources.
USGS Office of International Programs supports activities that promote the
competitiveness of the U.S. private sector in the global economy by:
and encouraging the use of U.S. equipment and software
regional and global databases of energy and mineral resources
the release of data on energy and mineral deposits, geologic maps and
topographic maps, and hydrologic data by foreign governments
contacts between U.S. companies and foreign counterparts
and disseminating standards and procedures for data and information processing
and distribution, mapping, and hydrologic and geologic data collection and