The following texts describe some of the recent science planning efforts happening in the USGS.
Grand Challenges for Integrated USGS Science: A Workshop Report
Integrated Science Capacity (text from Kevin T. Gallagher)
In 2018 USGS will begin efforts to design and pilot an integrated scientific capacity to deliver powerful new products and services that provide: 1) vulnerability detection and assessment, 2) prediction and forecasting, 3) early warning , and 4) decision support at the scale of decisions. Examples of what could be achieved include: Seasonal to real-time warnings of: biological threats such as disease, invasive species, or harmful algal blooms; natural hazards, such as earthquakes, landslides and volcanic eruptions; impacts of both sudden and long-term coastal change on public safety, infrastructure and economies, and lands, waters and natural resources; health threats; or and water availability or quality prediction and forecasting. This integrated capacity will span scientific boundaries and disciplines, and require investments in data integration, high performance computing, modeling, analytics, visualization and decision support tools.