International Programs

Central Eurasia

The USGS has become more active in Russia and Central Asia during the last 5 years.  Activities include engagement in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Armenia among many others with a focus on:

  • natural hazards (volcanology and seismology)
  • energy and mineral resource assessments with some focus on Rare Earth Elements and minerals information
  • water resources with focus on transboundary issues and remote sensing applications
  • climate change (desertification)
  • environmental health  (fisheries and contaminant research) with some focus on Asian Carp
  • zoonotics
  • NSDI
  • ecosystems

The USGS has engaged with Russian scientists in the area of natural hazards and natural resources and climate studies in collaboration with the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Ministry of Education, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Russia Universities including Moscow State University.   In late 2012, the USGS, NSF, and the Russian Ministry of Education signed a new Memorandum of Understanding in order to exchange seismic data to inform the Global Seismic Network as well as promoting bilateral scientific endeavors in natural resources.  Fisheries and associated genetic studies with the Russian Academy of sciences have continued more than 20 years.

Moreover, USGS completed a project on the occurrence of Rare Earth Elements in Central Asia in coordination and in collaboration with scientists from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan. USGS recently published a data report and a scientific publication is to follow.

USGS also is focused on seismic hazards in Central and south Asia.  A workshop was conducted in Nepal 2013 and in Almaty in fall 2014 bringing seismologists from Central and South Asia together.

USGS also is focusing on transboundary water resources.  USGS conducted several workshops in coordination with US Embassy Kazakhstan and ISTC both in Central Asia (2015) and US (2016) to address water resources science.  USGS currently is engaged with ISTC in developing activities focused on water resources, glaciers, and Uranium contamination in the region.

USGS also has engaged in empowerment of women in water since 2016.  In July 2017, a local women led Steering committee was formed and USGS participates on the International Advisory Board.

Much of this work is done in close collaboration with other Federal agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, FWS of DOI, FEMA, NSF, and CDC.

Selected Projects and Activities over the last 5 years:

Russia

  • Natural hazards research and technology exchange with Russia under the US-Russia Science and Technology Working Group
    • Volcanology
    • Seismology
    • Geomagnetism
  • Climate Science study with the Russian Academy of Sciences, MNRE - ROSHYDROMET
  • Fisheries and genetic research with RAS and MNRE
  • Walrus research with RAS
  • Avian Flu
  • Minerals information

Central Asia

Regional Central Asia Engagement

  • Central Asia - A Promising Region for Rare Earth Element Resources
  • Seismology cooperation with Central Asian and South East Asian scientists
  • Food security and climate change
  • NSDI
  • Water resources collaboration
  • Empowerment of women in water resources

Uzbekistan

  • Water resources, water quality, ecosystems, and desertification issues in Uzbekistan.

Kazakhstan

  • Water resources
  • Geology and natural resources
  • Energy
  • NSDI

Contacts

Ingrid Verstraeten

Regional Science Advisor, Central Asia, Circum Arctic, Europe and Russia
Branch of International Science Advisors (BISA)
Phone: 703-648-6042