Meeting the Challenge: U.S. Geological Survey North Atlantic and Appalachian Region Fiscal Year 2020 in Review

General Information Product 207



The utilization, preservation, and conservation of the Nation’s resources requires well-informed management decisions. The North Atlantic and Appalachian Region (NAAR) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) supports science-based decision making for Federal, State, and local policymakers to meet the challenges of today and into the future. The science centers in the NAAR have well-deserved reputations as world leaders in delivering unbiased science. We help protect the lives and property of our families, friends, neighbors, and the Nation by providing the data and scientific interpretation that decision makers need to make informed choices on a myriad of topics. Many of our jobs include inherent risk. When others are moving themselves and their families to higher ground during storms, NAAR employees can be found heading toward high water to ensure that accurate streamflow and storm-tide data continue to be collected and delivered to the public and first responders.

In March 2020, the world changed, and the NAAR staff adapted to it. Despite the challenges, the NAAR has had an incredibly productive year. I am not just citing publications (with our labs and field offices closed in the spring, centers increased annual publications by 10 to 40 percent compared with 2019) or partnerships (new science initiatives and partnerships are up significantly as well). Leaders at the center level created the right environments for their teams to be safe but still meet and exceed their program goals. Our vast data collection networks were maintained and enhanced. Our laboratories met holding times and quality-control objectives. When folks asked for help, our staff provided. Some solutions were not perfect at first, but they just kept trying. What started as a short-term inconvenience may now have become the new normal, but in quickly adapting, the NAAR staff showed dedication and wisdom, made the region a little safer, and just might change the world. This general information product highlights just a few of the many accomplishments of the NAAR staff during these challenging times and offers a taste of all the great work being done by the USGS community.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, Meeting the challenge—U.S. Geological Survey North Atlantic and Appalachian Region fiscal year 2020 in review: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 207, 20 p.,

ISSN: 2332-354X (online)

ISSN: 2332-3531 (print)

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Table of Contents

  • Letter From the Regional Director
  • Chesapeake Bay Studies
  • Florence Bascom Geoscience Center
  • Geology, Energy, and Minerals Science Center
  • National Minerals Information Center
  • Science and Decisions Center
  • Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Water Science Center
  • New England Water Science Center
  • Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • Leetown Science Center
  • New Jersey Water Science Center
  • New York Water Science Center
  • Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center
  • Pennsylvania Water Science Center
  • Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center
  • Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • Partnerships With Tribal Nations
  • Regional Productivity
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Meeting the challenge: U.S. Geological Survey North Atlantic and Appalachian Region fiscal year 2020 in review
Series title General Information Product
Series number 207
ISBN 978-1-4113-4381-8
DOI 10.3133/gip207
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Northeast Regional Director's Office
Description 20 p.
Country United States
State Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
Other Geospatial Appalachian region, North Atlantic region
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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