U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Strategy— Observing, Understanding, Predicting, and Delivering Water Science to the Nation

Circular 1383- G
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Executive Summary

This report expands the Water Science Strategy that began with the USGS Science Strategy, “Facing Tomorrow’s Challenges—U.S. Geological Survey Science in the Decade 2007–2017” (U.S. Geological Survey, 2007). This report looks at the relevant issues facing society and develops a strategy built around observing, understanding, predicting, and delivering water science for the next 5 to 10 years by building new capabilities, tools, and delivery systems to meet the Nation’s water-resource needs. This report begins by presenting the vision of water science for the USGS and the societal issues that are influenced by, and in turn influence, the water resources of our Nation. The essence of the Water Science Strategy is built on the concept of “water availability,” defined as spatial and temporal distribution of water quantity and quality, as related to human and ecosystem needs, as affected by human and natural influences. The report also describes the core capabilities of the USGS in water science—the strengths, partnerships, and science integrity that the USGS has built over its 134-year history.

Suggested Citation

Evenson, E.J., Orndorff, R.C., Blome, C.D., Böhlke, J.K., Hershberger, P.K., Langenheim, V.E., McCabe, G.J., Morlock, S.E., Reeves, H.W., Verdin, J.P., Weyers, H.S., and Wood, T.M., 2013, U.S. Geological Survey water science strategy—Observing, understanding, predicting, and delivering water science to the Nation: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1383–G, 49 p.

ISSN: 2330-5703 (online)

ISSN: 1067-084X (print)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • About This Report
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Core Capabilities: Strengths, Partnerships, and Science Integration— What We Do Now that is Important and Needs to Continue
  • Priority Actions
  • Water Science Goals and Objectives
  • Communicating Science to Society: Inform—Involve—Educate
  • Crosscutting Science with Other USGS Mission Areas
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title U.S. Geological Survey water science strategy—Observing, understanding, predicting, and delivering water science to the Nation
Series title Circular
Series number 1383
Chapter G
DOI 10.3133/cir1383G
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description x, 49 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N