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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-sensitive 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: January 20, 2021

New Technologies and Collaboration Enhancing National Fire Management Programs

The USGS is part of a multi-agency partnership supporting new products and processes to improve the detection and monitoring of new and emerging wildfires across the U.S.

Date published: January 14, 2021

Federal Agencies Partner to Strengthen ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Capacity Along the West Coast

A lone solar panel in the middle of California’s largest national forest is powering a seismometer able to detect Earth’s vibrations, a piece of the puzzle necessary to help protect life and property by providing critical seconds of warning that an earthquake is occurring and shaking is imminent.  

Date published: January 14, 2021

New Scientist-in-Charge at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Jon Major to serve as the new Scientist-in-Charge of the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory.

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.