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USGS National Geospatial
Program / Partnerships
Craig A. Neidig
WV Geospatial Liaison
Eastern Region Partnership Office
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
National Geospatial Program Office
U.S. Geological Survey Mission
USGS is an unbiased, multi-disciplinary
science organization that provides timely
data and information on Biology, Geography,
Geology, and, Water
USGS is dedicated to providing timely,
relevant, and impartial studies of the
landscape, our natural resources, and
the natural hazards that threaten us.
Max Ethridge
USGS Discipline Activities
Biology – Endangered Species, Ecosystems,
Contaminants in Biota
Geology – Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Landslides,
Geological Mapping
Water – Quantity and Quality of Ground Water
and Surface Water
Geography – Landscape Change, Remote
Sensing Research and Mapping
USGS Science Strategy
Facing Tomorrow’s Challenges – U.S. Geological Survey Science in
the Decade 2007-2017
USGS Science Strategy
Facing Tomorrow’s Challenges – U.S. Geological Survey Science in
the Decade 2007-2017
 Six Science strategic directions
 Understanding Ecosystems and Predicting Ecosystem Change:
Ensuring the Nation’s Economic and Environmental Future
 Climate Variability and Change: Clarifying the Record and
Assessing Consequences
 Energy and Minerals for America’s Future: Providing a Scientific
Foundation for Resource Security, Environmental Health,
Economic Vitality, and Land Management
 A National Hazards, Risk, and Resilience Assessment Program:
Ensuring the Long-Term Health and Wealth of the Nation
 The Role of Environment and Wildlife in Human Health: A System
that Identifies Environmental Risk to Public Health in America
 A Water Census of the United States: Quantifying, Forecasting,
and Securing Freshwater for America’s Future
Refocus on Integrated Science (interdisciplinary approach)
USGS Regions (Current)
National Geospatial Program Components
The NGP provides leadership for USGS geospatial
coordination, production and service activities:
 The National Map
 Geospatial One Stop
 National Atlas
 Geographic Names
 Geospatial Research
 Emergency Operations and Hazards Response
National Geospatial Program Partnerships
Partnerships are the foundation of the NGP:
 Leverage funding across organizations to provide significant
cost savings
Reduce redundancy in geospatial data acquisition and
stewardship (“collect once use many times”)
Ensure availability of common base data to a
broad range of users and applications
 USGS is an integrator and facilitator
of partner data
FY10 program - $14 million; FY11 - ?
Partner leveraging in the past several
years has averaged approximately $7
for every $1 invested by USGS
Brittany Lynn Roche,
The “local face” of the NGPO
West Virginia Partnership Activities
 1:24K NHD revision project (NRAC, WVGISTC)
 Geographic Names (WVGISTC)
 Critical Infrastructure updates (DHSEM, TGS, WVGISTC)
 Charleston-Huntington Urban Area
 Bluestone Lidar Project (USACE-Huntington)
 FGDC CAP Grant support (RTI)
 WV GIS Strategic Plan
 WV GIS Steering Committee
 Educational outreach (WVAGP and WV Geographic

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