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Ken Belitz

​​Kenneth Belitz is a research hydrologist with the Earth Systems Processes Division of the USGS Water Resources Mission Area.

​​As a USGS scientist, Ken has simultaneously conducted hydrogeologic research and provided leadership for scientific teams addressing practical problems.  He is currently the manager for the National Extent Hydrogeologic Framework project.  The objective of the work is to develop a three-dimensional digital representation of the subsurface of the United States.  The framework will be used in support of Integrated Water Availability Assessments. 

​Ken has previously led two large USGS groundwater assessment efforts: He was the lead scientist and manager of the Groundwater Ambient and Monitoring Assessment (GAMA) Program, designed to assess the quality of California’s groundwater; and he was the Chief for Groundwater Assessments for the 3rd decade of the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program.  Together, these efforts represent ~$150 million of data collection and scientific interpretation. The GAMA and NAWQA groundwater teams published ~230 USGS reports and journal articles, and the findings have been widely covered in both the print and broadcast media. 

​Ken is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and was the 2023 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer. His papers have nearly 10,000 citations.​ 

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