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US Geological Survey - Coastal and Marine Geology

The program provides scientific information and knowledge of the geological structure and processes that create, modify, and maintain the Nation's coastal and marine environments. The program's Long-term regional research, monitoring, and mapping products inform management of coastal and marine resources.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The program has made progress toward long term goals to maintain up-to-date geologic characterization of the nation's coastline. Specifically, the program increased the percent of the coastline with geologic characterization from 53% in 2001 to 62% in 2005.
  • The program has provided leadership within the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to coordinate bureau-wide coastal activities and is developing targets on all bureau-level actions to ensure long-term progress is measured.
  • Further coordination of coastal mapping activities across the Federal government and with state and local agencies is required. Interagency coordination of Federal and federally-supported coastal and ocean mapping are underway but efforts have not proceeded beyond the initial planning stages.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Establish USGS objectives & performance measures for Ocean Research Priorities Plan priority coastal ecosystem studies through regional program collaboration in study design, review & implementation
  • Establish interagency objectives and performance measures for ORPP priority studies through interagency collaboration in study design, review, and implementation.
  • Develop measures for enhancements in provision of coastal and ocean mapping information across federal and non-federal agencies.

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