The United States Geological Survey (USGS) met with the Uzbek State Committee on Geology last week with hopes to create lasting scientific cooperation, focusing on projects involving water and mineral resources.
The USGS team consisted of Dr. Ingrid Verstraeten, Senior Science Advisor of USGS Programs within Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, and Dr. Walter Guidroz, Program Coordinator of the Energy Resources Program. The USGS visit covered a variety of topics relating to minerals and mineral resources and managing environmental impacts in these fields. During the week, USGS met with the State Committee on Geology, Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade, UzLITIneftigaz, Uzhydromet, and Hydroengeo.
These organizations helped USGS understand how the government of Uzbekistan works together within the geological, hydrological, and environmental sectors. USGS hopes to create lasting relationships between the US and Uzbekistan, facilitating a robust exchange of scientific information. USGS is looking at possible future areas for cooperation, including capacity building, trainings, and bringing new technological advances to Uzbekistan’s geology and water sectors.
The United States Geological Survey is a scientific agency of the United States government. The scientists of the USGS study the landscape of the United States, its natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten it.