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U.S. Geological Survey Energy and Minerals science strategy: A resource lifecycle approach

January 1, 2013

Executive Summary

The economy, national security, and standard of living of the United States depend heavily on adequate and reliable supplies of energy and mineral resources. Based on population and consumption trends, the Nation’s use of energy and minerals can be expected to grow, driving the demand for ever broader scientific understanding of resource formation, location, and availability. In addition, the increasing importance of environmental stewardship, human health, and sustainable growth places further emphasis on energy and mineral resources research and understanding. Collectively, these trends in resource demand and the interconnectedness among resources will lead to new challenges and, in turn, require cutting-edge science for the next generation of societal decisions.

The long and continuing history of U.S. Geological Survey contributions to energy and mineral resources science provide a solid foundation of core capabilities upon which new research directions can grow. This science strategy provides a framework for the coming decade that capitalizes on the growth of core capabilities and leverages their application toward new or emerging challenges in energy and mineral resources research, as reflected in five interrelated goals.

  • Goal 1.—Understand fundamental Earth processes that form energy and mineral resources
  • Goal 2.—Understand the environmental behavior of energy and mineral resources and their waste products
  • Goal 3.—Provide inventories and assessments of energy and mineral resources
  • Goal 4.—Understand the effects of energy and mineral development on natural resources and society
  • Goal 5.—Understand the reliability and availability of energy and mineral supplies

Within each goal, multiple actions are identified. The level of specificity and complexity of these actions varies, consistent with the reality that even a modest refocus can yield large payoffs in the near term whereas more ambitious plans may take years to reach fruition. As such, implementation of these actions is largely dependent on available resources and the sequencing of prerequisite steps. This science strategy places an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and leveraging of expertise across the U.S. Geological Survey and with external partners.

Publication Year 2013
Title U.S. Geological Survey Energy and Minerals science strategy: A resource lifecycle approach
DOI 10.3133/cir1383D
Authors Richard C. Ferrero, Jonathan J. Kolak, Donald J. Bills, Zachary H. Bowen, Daniel J. Cordier, Tanya J. Gallegos, James R. Hein, Karen D. Kelley, Philip H. Nelson, Vito F. Nuccio, Jeanine M. Schmidt, Robert R. Seal
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Circular
Series Number 1383
Index ID cir1383D
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Energy and Minerals