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Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Mapping the National Parks

December 17, 2015 — The national parks of the United States are often compared to, and indeed inspire, works of art. In fact, the USGS has been regularly contributing new and updated works of art for the national parks—maps.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

New Remote Sensing Handbook Published

December 2, 2015 — A newly published, three-volume “Remote Sensing Handbook” is a comprehensive coverage of all remote sensing topics written by over 300 leading global experts. With 82 chapters, and more than 2000 pages, the handbook is a reference for every remote sensing student, professor, scientist, professional practitioner and expert. The technical handbook includes

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

USGS Projects Large Loss of Alaska Permafrost by 2100

December 1, 2015 — Using statistically modeled maps drawn from satellite data and other sources, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have projected that the near-surface permafrost that presently underlies 38 percent of boreal and arctic Alaska would be reduced by 16 to 24 percent by the end of the 21st century under widely accepted climate scenarios.

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

US Topo Maps Reach Milestone

November 19, 2015 — With the release of new US Topo maps for Illinois and South Dakota, the USGS has completed the second, three-year cycle of revising and updating electronic US Topo quadrangles. This means that since late 2009, the USGS has published nearly every map in the conterminous U.S., twice.

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Free Data Proves Its Worth for Observing Earth

November 16, 2015 — Since late 2008, when Landsat earth observation images were made available to all users free of charge, nearly 30 million Landsat scenes have been downloaded through the U.S. Geological Survey portal – and the rate of downloads is still increasing.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Newly Released Photo Catalog Puts US Landscapes On Exhibit

November 10, 2015 — The U.S. Geological Survey announced today that it has made part of a huge national repository of geographically referenced USGS field photographs publicly available. USGS geographers developed a simple, easy-to-use mapping portal called the Land Cover Trends Field Photo Map.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Getting Recognized for Volunteer Mapping Efforts

October 28, 2015 — Volunteers are being recognized and earning custom badges for making significant contributions to the U.S. Geological Survey’s ability to provide accurate and timely information to the public.  Using crowdsourcing techniques, the USGS project known as The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) encourages volunteer “citizen scientists” to collect manmade structure data such as

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

New Elevation for Nation’s Highest Peak

September 3, 2015 – A new, official height for Denali has been measured at 20,310 feet, just 10 feet less than the previous elevation of 20,320 feet which was established using 1950’s era technology.

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Woolpert Selected by USGS to Evaluate New Lidar Technologies for 3DEP

DENVER, August, 13, 2015 — The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has contracted with Woolpert to evaluate new lidar (light detection and ranging) technologies to assess the suitability to support the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP).

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Climate Change Reduces Coral Reefs’ Ability to Protect Coasts

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., July 27, 2015 — Coral reefs, under pressure from climate change and direct human activity, may have a reduced ability to protect tropical islands against wave attack, erosion and salinization of drinking water resources, which help to sustain life on those islands. A new paper by researchers from the Dutch independent institute for

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