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Solving problems related to use of water resources will be of paramount importance in coming decades as increasing pressure from growing populations, climate change, extreme weather, and aging water-related infrastructure threaten water availability and quality.

The Water Mission Area (WMA) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a long-established reputation for collecting and delivering high-quality, unbiased scientific information related to the nation's water resources. WMA observations help inform decisions ranging from rapid responses during emergencies such as hurricanes, floods, and forest fires, to the long-term management of water resources.

Produced at the request of USGS, this report identifies the nation's highest-priority water science and resources challenges over the next 25 years. Future Water Priorities for the Nation summarizes WMA's current water science and research portfolio, and recommends strategic opportunities for WMA to more effectively address the most pressing challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780309477093
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication date: 12/30/2018
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Summary 1

1 Introduction 9

The U.S Geological Survey and the Water Mission Area 11

Committee Charge 12

A Vision for the Future 14

Committee Approach 14

2 Water Science and Resources Challenges For the Next 25 Years 17

Water Science and Resources Challenges 18

Emerging Technologies 23

Priority Research Questions 26

3 Priority Questions and Recommendations 37

Technological Innovations 38

New Approaches for Old Problems 41

Priority Questions and Recommendations 42

Additional Recommendations for the Water Mission Area 51

Final Thoughts 53

References 55


A The U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area 69

B Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff 83

C People Who Provided Input to the Committee 91

D Prioritization Rubric 95

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