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The USGS historically has been active in Europe including the Arctic in all aspect of USGS natural resources science.

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 the 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 United States 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), NASA, FEMA, NSF, CDC, and the Department of Defense.

Regarding the circumarctic activities, USGS is engaged in numerous working groups of the Arctic Council including PAME, CAFF, AMAP, and ACAP among others. 

USGS also has been engaged in the creation of circum-arctic maps with most recently the release of the circum-arctic metallogenic map in cooperation with Arctic countries and other nations.

Another important new engagement of the USGS is its substantial contribution to the creation of an Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure  (SDI) , and an Arctic Digital Elevation Map (DEM).  These efforts are done in coordination with Arctic Mapping agencies, geological surveys, the Commission of the Geologic Map of the World or Universities.

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


Denmark and Greenland

  • Mineral Resources

European Commission

  • 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 INGV of Italy, 2016
  • UA-Italy cooperation in Earth Sciences – USGS Lead of US Working Group on Earth Sciences.
  • Bilateral cooperation on geology, environment, remote sensing, and natural hazards.


  • Rhone River PCB contamination with IRSTEA
  • Cooperation in Third Countries with the French Geological Survey, BRGM.
  • Cooperation with IPGP on volcanology and seismology.
  • Collaboration on surface water resources monitoring Ukraine
  • Geology and natural resources
  • Energy
  • Zoonotics


  • Cooperation in remote sensing, geology, and seismology with DLR, BGR, GFZ


  • Cooperation in the areas of geology, gashydrates, corals, remote sensing.


  • Cooperation with the Polish Geologic Institute in the areas of unconv energy,  data management,  landslides, and emerging contaminants
  • Armenia: Water


  • 2017 Embassy Science Fellow to further cooperation on invasive species, Asian Carp