Gulf Coast, were ranked moderately low in their current level of importance, but responses indicated sizable future increased importance.
For the conterminous United States, most respondents stressed the need for geoscience maps at relatively large scales, most desiring scales at or larger than 1:62, 500. There was greater importance attached to smaller scales for Alaska, probably because large areas are still essentially unmapped and information is needed as soon as possible.
In response to “Is there a single most important type of geoscience map you will need in the next decade?” the answer was, overwhelmingly, large-scale geologic maps. Large-scale geologic maps were requested almost 3 times more than the next most frequently cited map type.
Response to the question “Are there any innovations in geoscience maps you would recommend?” was quite varied. The responses centered on the needs for additional high-quality ground truth data, for a ready and inexpensive means for data manipulation, for development of improved ways to portray and present map and map-based data, or for a ready means to determine where map-related data reside and how they can be accessed.
Overall, respondents, representing a wide spectrum of users, clearly attached a high level of importance to geoscience maps and foresaw a significant increase in the need for such maps in the future.