Ecosystems - Terrestrial, Freshwater, and Marine Environments
Welcome to the USGS Environments Program
The ecosystems that surround us provide great benefits to society such as supporting fish and wildlife populations, regulating climate, mitigating floods and drought, protecting shorelines from erosion, providing drinking water, and storing carbon. USGS scientists are researching how environments function, can be sustained, respond to change, and can be restored.
As we learn more about the environments around us, our predictions of how ecosystems will respond to changes will improve. . Because of the environment’s complexity, we work closely with our partners, within the Department of the Interior to understand how we can mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change such as droughts, shifts in species ranges, sea-level rise, and changes in wildfires.
For more information about the USGS Environments Program, contact
Lianne Ball, Science Adviser