The primary objective of the EDMAP component of the NCGMP is to train the next generation of geologic mappers.
To do this NCGMP provides funds for graduate and selected undergraduate students in academic research projects that involve geologic mapping as a major component.
cooperative agreements NCGMP hopes to expand the research and educational capacity of academic programs that teach earth science students the techniques of geologic mapping and field data analysis.
Another important goal is to increase the level of communication between the Nations geologic surveys (both State Geological Surveys and the USGS) and geologic mappers in the academic community.
We hope that this improved communication will have two results:
1) that the academic mapping community will learn more about the societal needs that drive geologic mapping projects at the USGS and State Geologic Surveys, and 2) more geologic maps produced in academia will eventually be made available to the public.