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The USGS historically has been active in Europe in all aspects of USGS science.

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USGS scientists have collaborated with most if not all of the countries located in Europe on a bilateral or multi-lateral basis as well as international associations located in Europe such as EuroGeoSurveys, European Commission, Joint Research Center, and European Space Agency, to improve our knowledge of the natural resources and natural hazards and enhance cooperation through science diplomacy.

In Europe, we are focused on collaboration with our partners in unconventional energy, water resources, environmental health, raw minerals data and flow, water resources, climate change and land-use change studies, zoonotics, data networks and geospatial infrastructure, and science quality and integrity. The USGS is a main participant and at times the lead for the U.S. in Bi-Lateral Science and Technology Joint Commission discussions with partners in Europe such as Denmark, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Italy, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Finland. The USGS also participates in EC scientific proposal review and oversight in the areas of environment.

Much of this work is done in close collaboration with other Federal agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Science Foundation (NSF,) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Defense.


Selected Recent Projects:

  • Cooperation on Unconventional Energy with selected European Countries
  • Avian Flu
  • Creation of an Arctic Metallogenic Map with Arctic Nations including Russia
  • Creation of Arctic SDI with Arctic Nations including Russia
  • Walrus research
  • Seismic hazard mapping of the Balkans

    This was our second workshop. The first workshop of this project was held at the GEM Foundation in Pavia, Italy and was covered by a Nature reporter, Joanne Baker. See Seismology: Quake catcher
Denmark and Greenland
  • Mineral Resources
European Commission (EC)
  • USGS-EC Cooperation on Materials Flow and Data under the Transatlantic Economic Commission Dialogue with the EC  and European Geological Surveys
  • Gashydrates with the EC and Norway
  • Flyways of Birds
  • Volcanology
  • Best Practices of Volcano Observatories co-organized with the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), 2016
  • U.S.-Italy cooperation in Earth Sciences – USGS Lead of Working Group on Earth Sciences
  • Bilateral cooperation on geology, environment, remote sensing, and natural hazards
  • Rhone River Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contamination with the Institut national de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l'Environnement et l'Agriculture (IRSTEA)
  • Cooperation in Third Countries with the French Geological Survey (BRGM)
  • Cooperation with Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) on volcanology and seismology
  • Collaboration on surface water monitoring
  • Geology and natural resources
  • Energy
  • Zoonotic diseases
  • Remote sensing, geology, and seismology with Deutsches Zentrum

    für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR), and Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ)
  • Cooperation in the areas of geology, gas hydrates, corals, remote sensing
  • Cooperation with the Polish Geologic Institute in the areas of unconventional energy, data management,  landslides, and emerging contaminants
  • USGS cooperation with the Kandilli Observatory (a seismological institute in Istanbul) to place seismological detection instruments in Istanbul and surrounding areas to better protect this city from earthquake damage
  • Water
  • Embassy Science Fellow cooperation on invasive species (Asian Carp)


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