USGS in South Korea
For several years, KIGAM, the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, has hosted an international program for geoscience resources (IS-Geo). The IS-Geo program draws together federal and private-sector professionals from the international community to discuss a range of specific geoscience and mineral topics.
KIGAM is a federal research facility with a similar mission as the USGS (geologic studies, resources, water, hazards), and it's situated in a big research park filled with federal facilities; Korea Basic Science Institute, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and the National Fusion Research Institute
USGS participated in the final week of a three-week program on unconventional oil and gas resources, a week focused on gas hydrates. Discussion topics ranged from fundamental gas hydrate information about where gas hydrates occur in nature and how gas hydrates interact with a changing environment, all the way to engineering application issues related to extracting methane from gas hydrate as an energy resource.
Including the three USGS and 1 Department of Energy participant, there were 27 participants from 9 countries. The program also offered time for the USGS participants to meet with their KIGAM collaborators to advance a number of joint research opportunities that were created as part of a 2016 collaborative science meeting hosted by the USGS in Denver with KIGAM, DOE and other U.S. gas hydrate research groups.