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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: May 24, 2019

Exploring the Grand Canyon – 150 Years Later

Today, the USGS and partnering organizations are embarking on a trip down the Green and Colorado rivers to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Powell Expedition.

Date published: May 24, 2019

Media Advisory: USGS Crews Measure Record Flooding in Oklahoma

Reporters: Do you want to Accompany USGS Scientists as they Measure Record Flooding in Oklahoma? Please Contact Heidi Koontz or Jason Lewis.

Date published: May 20, 2019

New Land Cover Maps Depict 15 Years of Change across America

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released the latest edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) for the U.S. – the most comprehensive land cover database that the USGS has ever produced. The NLCD 2016 documents land cover change in the Lower 48 states from 2001 to 2016. During this 15-year period, 7.6 percent of the conterminous U.S. changed land cover at least once.

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.