The EDMAP Program: Training the Next Generation of Geologic Mappers

Fact Sheet 2023-3002
National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
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Detailed geologic maps are the basis of most earth science investigations and can be used for natural hazard mitigation, resource identification and exploration, infrastructure planning, and more. As a part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) congressionally mandated National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP), the EDMAP program (referred to as EDMAP) is a partnership between the USGS and participating colleges and universities that provides mentorship and training opportunities for earth science students nationwide. EDMAP supports graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students—under the guidance of a faculty member who serves as a “principal investigator”—for the training of students to become geologic mappers. Between 1996 and 2021, EDMAP funded geologic mapping educational experiences and training for 1,373 students at more than 170 universities.

Suggested Citation

Shelton, J.L., Swezey, C.S., and Marketti, M., 2023, The EDMAP Program: Training the next generation of geologic mappers: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2023–3002, 4 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The EDMAP Program: Field-Focused Projects and Data Synthesis Projects
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The EDMAP Program: Training the next generation of geologic mappers
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2023-3002
DOI 10.3133/fs20233002
Year Published 2023
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, National Cooperative Geologic Mapping
Description 4 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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