Coordination of U.S. river science


  • Sarah Zielinski


The U.S. Geological Survey is well-poised to lead a national river science initiative but will need to expand its monitoring efforts and determine how to coordinate interdisciplinary research across USGS and other government agencies, according to a recent report from a committee of the U.S. National Academies.

Committee Chair Don Siegel,a hydrogeologist in the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University, N.Y., said that the USGS has unique strengths—including a reputation for providing high-quality, unbiased data and expertise in many areas of river science—that would allow the agency to look at whole river systems at multiple scales and across state boundaries.