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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Tracking Urban Change and Flood Risk with Landsat

When it comes to helping communities across the United States stay up-to-date on their flood risk, the Landsat satellite can take a bow. Landsat images help track urban change, a factor that can impact a community’s flood risk. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, uses these images to help identify where they should launch

Friday, March 21st, 2014

New Licking County Flood Maps are a Click Away

A new flood warning system is available to help Licking County, Ohio, better prepare and plan for floods.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Amazon Carbon Dynamics: Understanding the Photosynthesis-Climate Link

Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Michigan, the University of Arizona, and the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) are collaborating with scientists in Brazil on a three-year research project that investigates a basic yet unanswered question in Earth-system and global carbon-cycle science: What controls the response of photosynthesis in Amazon tropical forests

Monday, March 10th, 2014

New Permafrost… But is it Permanent?

A recent USGS-led study shows new, recently-formed patches of permafrost in one of Alaska’s retreating lakes, a finding that, at first glance, would seem at odds with prevailing theories about arctic climate.

Monday, March 10th, 2014

New Maps of Afghanistan Provide “Fingerprint” of Natural Resources

A coalition of scientists from the United States and Afghanistan today released high tech maps that will help Afghanistan chart a course for future economic development.  These maps represent a milestone as Afghanistan is the first country to be almost completely mapped using hyperspectral imaging data.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

President’s 2015 Budget Proposes $1.1 Billion for the USGS

  The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request for the U.S. Geological Survey is $1.1 billion, an increase of $41.3 million above the FY 2014 enacted level. The FY 2015 Budget reflects the President’s ongoing commitment to scientific discovery and innovation to support decision making in addressing critical societal needs and to support a

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The National Map and National Atlas Merge

During this year, National Atlas of the United States and The National Map will transition into a combined single source for geospatial and cartographic information. This transformation is projected to streamline access to maps, data and information from the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP). This action will prioritize our civilian mapping role and consolidate core

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Pollutants Pose Threat to Mekong River Residents

Portions of the Mekong River Basin contain hotspots of persistent organic pollutants that pose a significant threat to the residents and wildlife of the Mekong Basin, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Pumping May Cause Some Groundwater Decrease in Edwards-Trinity Aquifer in Texas

  An increase in pumping water year-round for the next 30 years may cause groundwater levels to decrease by as much as 32 feet in parts of the Edwards-Trinity Aquifer in west Texas, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Linking U.S. and Canadian Border Waters

Clearer views of waters along the U.S. and Canadian border are now possible with new seamless digital maps. These maps make it easier to solve complex water issues that require a thorough understanding of drainage systems on both sides of the International Boundary.

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