considerable expertise in the scientific underpinnings of minerals potential and supply. The MIT needs to take better advantage of the geoscience expertise of the MRP in designing and carrying out MIT projects and should increase its contribution to the MRP’s geoscience activities.
The committee concludes that the MRP produces and maintains a large volume and variety of minerals information, which is not easily used in the estimation of mineral resources. Having increased interaction and partnerships with MRP staff would be one way to leverage the expertise from each group and provide more easily analyzable data. The committee recommends that the MIT work with the MRP resource assessment team to improve the classification and usefulness of its data. This would be a particularly important contribution to the MRP’s global mineral resource assessment project.
The committee concludes that the MIT has done a good job of making the transition from the Bureau of Mines to the USGS and has performed very well in helping the USGS and its partner agencies meet their goals. This committee has three recommendations it believes will enhance the already important work of the MIT: (1) establish an advisory committee to ensure that MRP activities are fully updated and of relevance to its user base, (2) strengthen MIT’s analytical activities and capabilities so that mineral commodity and country specialists and other MIT researchers can conduct more material flows studies and work more directly with the mineral assessment and environmental scientists in their basic research, and (3) work with the MRP resource assessment team to improve the classification and usefulness of domestic and global mineral resource assessment data.