Advocate for increased support for Geologic Mapping. Up-to-date geologic maps are essential to many important societal issues, including fresh water quality and quantity, energy and mineral resource distribution and assessment, and geologic hazards analysis and remediation. The AASG Foundation is committed to doubling the funds available for geologic mapping through the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (For more information see the AASG Fact Sheet titled - Geologic Mapping)
Generate support for Geologic Data Preservation. Issues related to domestic energy resources, climate change, CO2 sequestration, and domestic metallic and industrial mineral resources, among others, rely heavily on the analysis of geological and geophysical samples. Crucial sample collections are being lost due to inadequate funding of repositories. The National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program was established by Congress to address this need. (For more information see the AASG Fact Sheet titled - Sample and Data Preservation)
Advocate for more detailed evaluation of the nation's water supplies. Availability of adequate water supplies directly impacts the American economy and public health. Whether used for domestic consumption, irrigation, or industrial needs, water needs are increasing across the nation. The nation requires a national effort, developed on partnerships among federal, state, and local governments and the private sector to assess the quality and availability of the nation's water resources. (For more information see the AASG Fact Sheet titled - Ground Water)
Compile national databases of information on potential geothermal resources. Geothermal resources are important to our energy future. The state geological surveys, working through the AASG, are compiling state-specific geothermal data in an integrated, distributed and searchable data system.
Advocate for the development of a consistent and effective national energy policy. AASG supports development of a comprehensive energy plan for our nation that recognizes our current dependence on fossil fuels, promotes the application of advanced technologies to our domestic fossil fuel resources, and advances research in alternative and renewable energy sources, for a sustainable energy future. (For more information see the AASG Fact Sheet titled - Energy)
Support efforts for national LiDAR and mapping programs. Accurate elevation data is an important component of a national digital basemap. Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) mapping is a cost-effective technique for acquiring high-resolution elevation data that has broad application, including hazard mapping, coastal erosion analysis, floodplain mapping, transportation planning, resource assessments, and many more.
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