readily available to the public in a conveniently organized, useful, and informative way. The committee had the advantage of becoming well informed about the Survey’s international science activities from a variety of extramural as well as Survey sources, and the resulting overview led us to be impressed by the great value of such activities and partnerships, including benefits to the USGS domestic mission and clear relevance to U.S. national interests. This same value would not be evident to someone in the general public attempting to understand more about USGS international work.

RECOMMENDATION: To increase public awareness of the value to the nation that results from USGS international scientific activities, the USGS should promote more effective communication and outreach about nonsensitive international work. Effective 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 allow for 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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