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Monday, April 18th, 2016

Dewberry Awarded Five-Year USGS Contract for Geospatial Products and Services

Fairfax, Va., April 12, 2016—Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, was selected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for its geospatial products and services contract (GPSC) in support of the National Geospatial Program (NGP). Based on the firm’s National Enhanced Elevation Assessment Study, USGS initiated the 3-D Elevation Program (3DEP) in response to the

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Methane from Some Wetlands May Lower Benefits of Carbon Sequestration

Sacramento, Calif. – Methane emissions from restored wetlands may offset the benefits of carbon sequestration a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey suggests. Wetlands are known to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide through plant photosynthesis and also provide habitat and food sources for wildlife, act as biological filters for improving water quality and improve coastal

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

New Maps for Texas and Oklahoma Released

New US Topo maps for Texas and Oklahoma are now available in the USGS Store for free download. One of the main improvements is the inclusion of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) road data. “The US Topo digital maps are a great public resource to provide authoritative, robust maps

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

USGS Seeks National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Proposals 2016 Round II

The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $4 million in cooperative agreements to support participation in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN). The USGS is working with the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information’s (ACWI) Subcommittee on Ground Water (SOGW) to develop and administer the NGWMN.  The NGWMN is designed as a cooperative groundwater

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

New Maps Illuminate Monterey Bay Area Seafloor

Six new sets of maps reveal the diverse and complex range of seafloor habitats along 130 kilometers (80 miles) of the central California coast from the Monterey Peninsula north to Pigeon Point. The publicly available maps can be used by a large stakeholder community to understand and manage California’s vast and valuable marine resources. The new

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Induced Earthquakes Raise Chances of Damaging Shaking in 2016

For the first time, new USGS maps identify potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards. This is also the first one-year outlook for the nation’s earthquake hazards, and is a supplement to existing USGS assessments that provide a 50-year forecast The report shows

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

USGS & SNAPP Launch New Partnership to Solve US Drought & Water Concerns

RESTON, Va. — A new public-private research collaboration supported by the U.S. Geological Survey will tackle how to best cope with the increasing droughts of the future. The USGS, The Nature Conservancy, and The Wildlife Conservation Society are launching the Ecological Drought Working Group as part of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP). This research group

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

USGS Partners with European Space Agency to Deliver Copernicus Earth Data

The U.S. Geological Survey and the European Space Agency (ESA) have established an innovative partnership to enable USGS storage and redistribution of Earth observation data acquired by Copernicus program satellites. The ESA-USGS collaboration will serve scientific and commercial customers who are interested in the current conditions of forests, crops, and water bodies across large regions

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

2015 Gannett Award Presented

To commemorate the nation’s first chief geographer, the USGS established the Henry Gannett Award. This year’s recipient is Nicholas Mastrodicasa, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, for his leadership in the Alaska Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative and the development of an elevation requirements study for Alaska. “Over the last 10 years, Nick has been

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Fire and Ice: Gaging the Effects of Wildfire on Alaskan Permafrost

USGS scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Alaska Fairbanks, have mapped belowground permafrost in areas of Alaska that have been affected by wildfire, years-to-decades after the fires occurred. “There has been global concern for many years about the effects of the warming climate on high-latitude permafrost and its

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