Core Science Systems—Mission Overview

Fact Sheet 2012-3009



The Core Science Systems Mission Area delivers nationally focused Earth systems and information science that provides fundamental research and data that underpins all Mission Areas of the USGS, the USGS Science Strategy, and Presidential, Secretarial, and societal priorities. —Kevin T. Gallagher, Associate Director, Core Science Systems

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Core Science Systems (CSS) Mission Area spans the Earth's "Critical Zone" (National Research Council, 2001). The Critical Zone is the near-surface interface that extends from the tops of the trees down to the base of the deepest groundwater.

CSS provides a foundation for all USGS Mission Areas, as well as for the mission of the Department of the Interior (DOI), in the following ways:

  • Conducts basic and applied science research and development
  • Fosters broad understanding and application of analyses and information
  • Provides a framework for data and information sharing
  • Creates new geospatially enabled data and information
  • Provides technical expertise in standards and methods
  • Builds and facilitates partnerships and innovation

Suggested Citation

Gallagher, K.T., 2012, Core Science Systems—Mission overview: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3009, 4 p.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Core Science Systems—Mission Overview
  • Mapping
  • Research
  • Standards
  • Synthesis
  • Collections
  • Partnerships
  • Reference Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Core Science Systems—Mission overview
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2012-3009
DOI 10.3133/fs20123009
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Core Science Systems
Description 4 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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