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Friday, February 14th, 2014

National Scenic Trails Added to Washington State Maps

Newly released US Topo maps  for Washington now feature segments of the Pacific Crest and Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trails. Several of the 1,446 new US Topo quadrangles for the state now display parts of the Trails along with other improved layers.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Mapping the Nation’s Wind Turbines

  Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors of renewable energy in the United States.  About 3% of the total electricity in the United States was generated by wind turbines in 2012 (according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration), which is equivalent to the annual electricity use for about 12 million households.  The amount

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Learn About Laser Spectrometry Online for Free

The USGS and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) have teamed up to teach six online workshops open to public discussing Laser Specs for Field Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Landsat 8 Celebrates First Year of Success

One year ago, on February 11, 2013, NASA launched the Landsat 8 Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif. A flawless launch, followed by the transfer of operational control on May 30 to the U.S. Geological Survey, marked the start of the satellite’s mission to extend an unparalleled record of observing Earth’s

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Flood Chart Aids in Evacuation Decisions

Emergency managers and residents along the Withlacoochee and Little River Basins have a new educational resource to help them better understand floods and the importance of stream gauging.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Latest Idaho and New Mexico Topo Quads Available

The USGS, in cooperation with other Federal agencies, has posted new Idaho US Topo quadrangles (1,193) and New Mexico quads (1,980 maps) which include Public Land Survey System (PLSS). These are added to the growing list of states west of the Mississippi River to have PLSS data added to US Topo maps.

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Large Old Trees Grow Fastest, Storing More Carbon

Trees do not slow in their growth rate as they get older and larger — instead, their growth keeps accelerating, according to a study published today in the journal Nature.

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The Connected Consequences of River Dams

In a case study of dams on the upper Missouri River, USGS researchers have demonstrated that an upstream dam is still a major control of river dynamics where the backwater effects of a downstream reservoir begin. In light of this finding, the conventional understanding of how a dam can influence a river may have to

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Pacific Islands Climate Science Center Director Announced

David Helweg has been selected as the first permanent director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Pacific Islands Climate Science Center, headquartered at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. The center is one of eight regional DOI Climate Science Centers established and managed by the U.S. Geological Survey, to provide federal, state and local land

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Crowd-Sourcing the Nation: 25,000 Manmade Map Features Edited

Civilian volunteers are making significant additions to the U.S. Geological Survey’s ability to provide accurate mapping information to the public. Using crowd-sourcing techniques, the USGS’ Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) project known as The National Map Corps(TNMCorps) encourages citizen volunteers to collect manmade structures data in an effort to provide accurate and authoritative spatial map data for the National

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