Start with Science
There are 7 billion people on Earth, and that number is increasing every day — human influence on our planet is ever more apparent. Changes to the natural world combined with growing human demands threaten our health and safety, our national security, our economy, and our quality of life.
In 2010, the USGS aligned itself with the broad science themes outlined in our 10-year Bureau-level Science Strategy. Teams of USGS scientists also led the creation of 10-year science strategies for each of the USGS Mission Areas:
USGS employees, external partners and stakeholders, Indian Tribes, and the public are being asked to weigh in on these strategies and major questions informing their creation.
For examples of how decisionmakers use USGS science, read "USGS Science: Addressing Our Nation's Challenges".
The USGS is focused on some of the most significant issues society faces, in which natural science can make a substantial contribution to the well-being of the Nation and the world:
All of our science is founded on Science Quality and Integrity.