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Briefing Series

Our Congressional Briefing Series began in 1999, in order to increase Congressional awareness of the role and relevance of our science in the public policy debate and to ensure that science is at the table when Congress is making decisions. Explore presentations, biographies of speakers, partner and sponsor websites, and other information for each briefing. 

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Gravity ​Never ​Sleeps: Landslide ​Risk ​Across ​the ​Country flyer thumbnail
November 22, 2017

Speakers​ ​will​ ​discuss​ ​landslide​ ​hazards,​ ​the​ ​science,​ ​and​ ​emergency management.​ ​Learn​ ​about​ ​real-life​ ​situations,​ ​including​ ​observations from​ ​Puerto​ ​Rico,​ ​and​ ​how​ ​science​ ​helps​ ​decision-makers​ ​reduce losses​ ​and​ ​respond​ ​to​ ​the​ ​threat.

Spotted Bat
October 24, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey invites you to join us for a congressional briefing during Bat Week (Oct. 24 – 31). Come hear from farmers, scientists, and land managers working on the front lines about the risks bats face as well as the many ways that bats help to naturally grow the agricultural economy.

Image shows a partially submerged street sign from a flooded river
September 25, 2017

Speakers will share stories from Irma, Harvey and other intense storms, during a panel. 

photo of an irrigation rig in a sod field
July 25, 2017

Earth science is the foundation of many industries, including the Nation’s most important one—– agriculture. Come learn about the variety of ways in which earth science informs agriculture, and hear from stakeholders who rely on USGS science to make informed decisions in their fields.

Screenshot of the Congressional Briefing invitation
May 5, 2017

The USGS's new report is the first comprehensive national assessment since 1965 of brackish groundwater, which is slightly salty and underlies most of the country. The report provides maps and data that can assist water infrastructure decision makers determine the viability of using this substantial resource for drinking water, irrigation, and mining, among many other uses. 

USGS science for a changing world logo
April 18, 2017

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) have been reported in every State and are increasingly affecting coastal, Great Lakes, and inland communities and economies. 

USGS
November 20, 2015

Seven out of ten emerging human diseases originate in wildlife or domestic animals. Scientists are therefore advancing a concept of integrated wildlife, domestic animal, human and environmental health—One Health.

USGS
October 9, 2015

Seven out of ten emerging human diseases originate in wildlife or domestic animals. Scientists are therefore advancing a concept of integrated wildlife, domestic animal, human and environmental health—One Health.

USGS
July 31, 2015

In many places, America’s water resources are being stressed by increasing demand for water, decreasing water supplies, and reduced water quality. Large areas of the country are vulnerable to both droughts and floods. These stresses can be heightened by changes in land use, population growth, and climate change.

USGS
September 19, 2014

Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 devastated some of the most densely populated areas of the Atlantic Coast. The storm claimed lives, altered natural lands and wildlife habitat, and caused millions of dollars in property damage. Hurricane Sandy is a stark reminder of our Nation's need to better protect people and communities from future storms.

USGS
July 25, 2014

Outdated and inconsistent elevation data cost lives and hinder prosperity across our Nation. Current and precise 3D elevation data are essential to help communities cope with natural hazards, support infrastructure, ensure agricultural success, strengthen environmental decision making and bolster national security.

USGS
May 2, 2014

Water is key to life. Floods, droughts, pollution—all threaten our health, happiness and prosperity. Streamgages provide critical information that the public, emergency responders, and resource managers need to protect, manage, and sustain our Nation's surface waters.