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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: July 9, 2020

New Study Finds the Restoration of Forests with Active Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Infections May Be Possible

Hilo, Hawaiʻi – For the first time, researchers have shown that native ʻōhiʻa seedlings can survive for at least a year in areas that have active mortality from Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, or ROD, a fungal disease that is devastating to this dominant and culturally important tree in Hawaiian forests. This information can be useful to land managers and homeowners as they prioritize conservation actions.

Date published: July 8, 2020

Food Web Dynamics Influence Mercury Movement in Colorado River, Grand Canyon

A new study describes how food web dynamics influence the movement of mercury throughout the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. This new research from the U.S. Geological Survey and partners represents one of the first times that the movement and fate of mercury has been traced through an entire food web.

Date published: July 7, 2020

USGS Celebrates 100 Years of Bird Banding Lab

Birds bring joy merely by their presence, from their bold colors and majestic songs to their grace as they glide through the sky. Birds contribute more than beauty to the environment and society. Many plants depend on hummingbirds and other species to pollinate them. Hawks and owls prey on rodents and other pests. Fruit- and grain-eating birds help spread plants’ seeds.

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.