The Indiana Geological and Water Survey (IGWS) has served the people of Indiana since 1837. Established in Indiana Statute in 1993 as an institution of Indiana University, and under the direction of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the IGWS is committed to providing unbiased and reliable earth science information through directed research, service, and education.
Through its numerous activities, the IGWS assists the public and private sectors by providing technical information for locating and evaluating mineral and energy resources throughout the State, reducing environmental risks to the land, water, and air of the state, assisting in the reclamation land that has been mined, and identifying areas susceptible to natural geologic hazards. Staff of the IGWS provide information essential to the natural resource industries, which contribute more than $2.3 billion annually to Indiana's economy.
In performing these activities, the IGWS employs professional scientists along with technical and support staff. The activities of the institution are primarily funded by an annual state appropriation, and numerous contracts and grants, from state and federal agencies, as well as private organizations.
The IGWS staff actively participates in numerous education and public outreach activities. As an entity of Indiana University, it plays an active role in preparing the next generation of earth scientists by advising and by providing practical work experience.
In recent years, the IGWS has relied increasingly on information technology to develop and maintain publically accessible data- bases, geographic information systems, and digital publications. Additionally, it maintains a robust Website, which it utilizes as the major means of outreach.
The mission of the Indiana Geological and Water Survey is to provide geologic information and counsel that contribute to the health, safety, and welfare of Indiana's citizenry. Since 1837, the Indiana Geological and Water Survey has provided information for the wise stewardship and sustainable use of the energy, mineral, and water resources of the state while enhancing the natural environment.
To accomplish this mission, the Indiana Geological and Water Survey engages in:
- Focused research initiatives and cooperative investigations with governmental agencies, businesses and industries, and educational organizations;
- Geologic sample and data collection and archiving; and
- Dissemination of information in many forms, including published or digital maps, reports, databases, and educational outreach programs.
These activities fulfill an important part of the public service mission of Indiana University by addressing Indiana's need for the timely evaluation of its geological resources and hazards in light of complex and evolving economic and societal needs.
Our Vision and Values
Pursuing Excellence in Geoscience Research
Goal: Conduct research beneficial to Indiana.
- Strengthen research capacity.
- Identify evolving earth science issues.
- Conduct focused basic and applied research.
- Publicize capabilities and findings.
- Engage in in-state, national, and global research collaborations.
- Build and strengthen cooperative relationships.
- Pursue new opportunities for interaction.
- Collect and interpret new data relative to the geologic framework of Indiana.
- Provide geologic information to the public.
- Facilitate the understanding and use of geologic information.
Acquiring and Preserving Geoscience Materials and Information
Goal: Collect, archive, and provide access to geologic samples, data, and new information representative of the geology of Indiana.
- Collect geoscience information.
- Acquire physical samples, paper records, and digital data.
- Pursue the acquisition of similar materials from external sources.
- Serve as the state's geoscience repository.
- Provide adequate space and resources for the long term preservation.
- Catalog geoscience materials using the latest technology.
- Ensure access and discoverability.
- Provide space, staffing, and technology necessary for public access to archived materials.
- Facilitate access to meet statutory mandate and support internal research.
- Enhance access using modern technology
Serving the Public and Geoscience Community
Goal: Convey accurate and timely geoscience information.
- Enhance educational outreach and opportunities.
- Determine needs of current and potential clientele.
- Develop and market research products and programs.
- Strengthen cooperative educational and outreach opportunities.
- Enhance service.
- Respond to inquiries in a timely manner.
- Measure and evaluate current service efforts.
- Mentor students.
- Provide practical training and experience opportunities.
- Teach and advise students.
- Assist students in professional placement.
Enhancing Facilities and Human Resources
Goal: Foster an environment for employees that will promote productivity and enhance professional development.
- Sustain, upgrade, and modernize facilities.
- Evaluate and support employee needs.
- Ensure a safe working environment.
- Invest in advanced technology and/or specialized equipment.
- Support career-long learning for employees.
- Promote professional growth.
- Ensure adequate training and other educational opportunities.
- Enhance and develop means to assist employees to attain their full potential.
- Utilize planning and performance procedures to assure optimum productivity.
- Encourage staff to engage in innovative projects by providing them with appropriate resources.