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Global Activities

USGS participates in global programs related to earth sciences and ecosystems. 

US Global Change Research Program

USGS co-led the development of the International Pillar of the US Global Change Research Program's (USGCRP) 10-year Strategic Plan, released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on December 6, 2022. USGCRP is mandated by Congress to coordinate federal research and investments in understanding the forces shaping the global environment and their impacts on society. USGCRP is composed of 13 agencies, including the Department of the Interior (through the USGS), and coordinates the production of the National Climate Assessment every 4 years. 


Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change

UNESCO-IHP initiated the project Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change (GRAPHIC). GRAPHIC addresses the role of ground water as a critical global resource and the paucity of research to understand how groundwater may be affected by climate change and linked human activities. USGS is involved because of its expertise in groundwater assessment, ongoing research on the impacts of climate change, and a leadership role in assessing the internationally recognized High Plains Aquifer which is arguably one of the most productive and heavily studied aquifer systems in the world.


Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management Program

The worldwide ISARM (Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management) Initiative is an UNESCO and International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) led multi-agency effort aimed at improving the understanding of scientific, socio-economic, legal, institutional and environmental issues related to the management of transboundary aquifers.