U.S. Geological Survey
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides scientific information to describe and understand the Earth;minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; and manage land, water, biological, energy, and mineral resources.
USGS is the nation’s largest water, earth, biological science, and civilian mapping agency and specializes in being an independent fact-finding agency that provides unbiased and impartial geologic and geographic information. Researchers collect, monitor, analyze, and provide scientific understanding about natural resource conditions and issues. USGS employed 1,201 full-time workers at its Denver Labs in FY 2007, with 127 part-time and 180 contract workers and 25 affiliate academic researchers and student contractors.
USGS Colorado Labs conduct research in avian influenza, climate change, contaminants, droughts, earthquakes, minerals, floods, geospatial analysis, ground and surface water, invasive species, map servers, maps and atlases, real-time data, remote sensing, volcanoes, water quality, and wildfires. Its scientists assist many federal agencies to conduct environmental and socio-economic analyses of proposed projects.