RESTON, Va. — U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists have continued to assist the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS) throughout the past decade, in efforts to build an inventory of Afghanistan’s water resources, according to a press release.

A new fact sheet entitled, “Water Resources Activities of the U.S. Geological Survey in Afghanistan From 2004 Through 2014,” has been published and details how Afghanistan monitors and quantifies its water resources, stated the release.

The release reported that in 2004, USGS and AGS launched plans to rebuild the country’s capacity for various geologic sciences, including hydrology, and the USGS accomplished the goal with teaching AGS scientists how to apply modern techniques for use of global positioning systems, water-quality sampling, as well as field hydrology, and by developing water-resource databases.

“This partnership with [AGS] and other international agencies, is extremely important for Afghanistan,” said USGS Regional Specialist, Asia and Pacific Region, Jack Medlin. “There’s a broad consensus that water availability is a global issue, and these collaborative efforts created the data collection networks necessary to help quantify water conditions in the region and manage future water supplies.”

You can find the entire release here.