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GEO - Budget


The FY 2013 Budget Request for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) is $906.44 million, an increase of $21.17 million, or 2.4 percent, over the FY 2012 estimated budget of $885.27 million.

GEO supports basic research that advances the frontiers of knowledge and drives technological innovation while improving our understanding of the many processes that affect the global environment. These processes include the role of the atmosphere and oceans in climate, the planetary water cycle, and cean acidification. Support is provided for interdisciplinary studies that contribute directly to national research priorities such as: understanding, adapting to, and mitigating the impacts of global change; developing and deploying integrated ocean observing capabilities to support ecosystem-based
management; and understanding future availability of fresh water. Lives are saved and property is preserved through better prediction and understanding of natural environmental hazards such as earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, drought, and solar storms. Basic research supported by GEO enables preparation for and subsequent mitigation of, or adaptation to, the effects of these and other
disruptive natural events.

GEO provides about 55 percent of the federal funding for basic research in the geosciences at academic institutions.

Additional Information on the FY 2013 Geosciences Budget Request (Adobe Acrobat file)

T. Killeen, AD-GEO, FY 2013 GEO Budget Rollout Presentation (Adobe Acrobat file)

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