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The Office of Communications and Publishing (OCAP) is the front door to the USGS. While our scientists are conducting in-depth research, it is the job of the Office of Communications and Publishing to present their research in a format suitable to the public. Our office is in charge of everything from Social Media to Congressional affairs for the USGS.

OCAP is home to the following science support components, described below:

  • Science Publishing Network (SPN)

  • Internal Communications

  • Public Affairs

  • External and Citizen Engagement/Web and Social Media Communication

  • Congressional Liaison Office

 

Science Publishing Network (SPN)
The SPN is the document publishing entity of the USGS. The items produced from the SPN include geologic maps, informative fact sheets, and colorful booklets.

Internal Communications
We serve the needs of the USGS employee and are responsible for engaging employees in a dialogue with USGS leadership through @TheCore, an intranet site available to only USGS employees.

Public Affairs
This team is the official contact for the news media. We write press releases, technical announcements, and more. As well as schedule interviews with news media to provide time-sensative scientific information to the public.

External and Citizen Engagement/Web and Social Media Communications
The External portion of the USGS communications consists of Science Information Services (SIS), social media management, stakeholder engagement, tradeshow and conference event planning, and community relations. SIS is available to answer questions from the public at 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-175-8747), or on online web chat Monday-Friday 8a.m.-8p.m. ET.

Congressional Liaison Office
We help the USGS communicate with Capitol Hill about the importance of our science and provide information about action on the Hill that may impact USGS work.

News

Date published: July 12, 2019

USGS: Barry's waves, surge to affect beaches in four Gulf Coast states

Though Louisiana landfall is likely, highest waves expected to strike east of the storm

Date published: July 9, 2019

Major Update for America’s Inventory of Parks and Other Protected Areas: Protected Areas Database of the United States

A new version of the Protected Areas Database of the U.S., or PAD-US, has major federal, state and easement updates, an easier-to-use data structure, new web services, national-scale printable maps, and more.

Date published: July 6, 2019

Update: Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake in Southern California

Updated on July 12. Visit the USGS earthquake event page for more information.

Scientists from the USGS and other organizations continue field work and analyses to learn more about the series of earthquakes and aftershocks centered in the Southern California desert near Ridgecrest. 

Publications

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Year Published: 2017

Landsat eyes help guard the world's forests

SummaryThe Landsat program is a joint effort between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), but the partner agencies have distinct roles. NASA develops remote-sensing instruments and spacecraft, launches satellites, and validates their performance in orbit. The USGS owns and operates Landsat...

Campbell, Jon
Campbell, Jon, 2017, Landsat eyes help guard the world's forests: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3018, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173018.