John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis

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A John Wesley Powell collage. USGS photo.
A John Wesley Powell collage. USGS photo.

The John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis serves as a catalyst for innovative thinking in Earth system science research. Initiated as one means of implementing the USGS Science Strategy, the Powell Center supports scientist-driven interdisciplinary analysis and synthesis of complex natural science problems. USGS scientists are encouraged to propose Working Groups reflecting a mix of USGS scientists and their colleagues from government and academia focused on major Earth science issues. Proposals are rigorously reviewed by a Science Advisory Board for their scientific merit, novel approaches, and value to the mission of the USGS. Funded groups convene at the Powell Center for 1–3 meetings of up to one week at a time over a 1–2 year period as they work toward answers to their particular research question. The Powell Center’s facilities and technical infrastructure foster integration and analysis of major scientific data sets, allow for larger or different scales of analysis, and facilitate the application of knowledge to pressing natural science issues. The Powell Center work will generate cutting-edge, high-visibility publications. It is a scientist-driven institution where leveraging existing research efforts will produce powerful new insights and move scientific understanding and its inclusion into management forward at an accelerated pace.