RECOMMENDATION: To increase public awareness of the value to the nation of USGS international scientific activities, the USGS should promote more effective communication and outreach about nonsensitive international work. Such communication can convey the importance, benefits, and rationale of the Survey’s international science activities to the public, other stakeholders, and potential international and domestic partners. An interesting, user-friendly website focusing on global Earth science and featuring brief descriptions of the Survey’s current and recent international activities and collaborations, with reference to more detailed information elsewhere on the USGS website, would help promote greater public appreciation and understanding of these activities.


Gundersen, L.C.S., J. Belnap, M. Goldhaber, A. Goldstein, P.J. Haeussler, S.E. Ingebritsen, J.W. Jones, G.S. Plumlee, E.R. Thieler, R.S. Thompson, and J.M. Back. 2011. Geology for a changing world 2010–2020—Implementing the U.S. Geological Survey science strategy: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1369, 68 p. Available at

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