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USGS Southwest Repeat Photography Collection: Kanab Creek, southern Utah and northern Arizona, 1872-2010

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1872
End Date
2010

Citation

Hartwell, M.A., Diab, C.D., Arundel, T.R., Falvo, C.I., Everette, A.L., and Faundeen, J.L., 2017, USGS Southwest Repeat Photography Collection: Kanab Creek, southern Utah and northern Arizona, 1872-2010: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F72R3Q5W.

Summary

The USGS Southwest Repeat Photography Collection (‘Collection’), formerly named the Desert Laboratory Repeat Photography Collection, is now housed by the Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC) in Flagstaff, Arizona. It contains images from the late 1800s to mid-2000s, and was assembled over decades by now retired USGS scientists Drs. Robert H. Webb and Raymond M. Turner. There are 80 camera points, or stakes, along Kanab Creek in the Collection, with images and fields notes taken between 1872 and 2010 (a 138-year span). About one-fourth of the Kanab Creek film had been previously digitized, but none of the associated materials, including field notes, were digitized. The goal of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Kanab Creek data preservation [...]

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User_Defined_Scan_Settings_and_Photoshop_Editing_Guide.pdf
“User defined scan settings and photoshop editing guide document”
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Locational_and_Contextual_Data_for_Kanab_Creek_Stakes.zip
“Locational and Contextual Data for Kanab Creek Stakes--data and metadata”
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Comprehensive_List_of_Repeat_Dates_by_Stake.zip
“Comprehensive List of Repeat Dates by Stake--data and metadata”
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Purpose

This data release is the result of the 2016 USGS Community for Data Integration’s “Data at Risk” legacy data inventory and preservation project (DaR). The project’s purpose was to identify and prioritize USGS legacy data at risk of loss or damage, and document the time and costs required to preserve them. The DaR project was coordinated by the USGS Fort Collins Science Center, who partnered with the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center to preserve the Kanab Creek portion of the USGS Southwest Repeat Photography Collection. The Kanab Creek section of the Collection was selected because it was a manageable size to preserve for the purpose of a case study pilot, and a Kanab Creek repeat photography study (Webb and others, 1991) had already been published, thus highlighting Kanab Creek’s research significance. Without digital preservation, the Collection remains vulnerable to loss by fire, water or deterioration. Hosting repeat images and their data on the web provides a public record of historical locations and facilitates future research on environmental change. This Collection is a chronicle of the history of place; a pictorial analysis of how particular landscapes have changed over time due to anthropogenic and ecological causes. The photographers traveled with different expeditions and had various purposes, but generally the photos were intended to capture a record of landscape features and change; particularly, channel changes resulting from various geomorphic processes (including stream flow, floods and debris flows), vegetation patterns and human settlement. Reference: Webb, R.H., Smith, S.S., and McCord, V.A.S., 1991, Historic channel change of Kanab Creek, southern Utah and northern Arizona: Grand Canyon, Ariz., Grand Canyon Natural History Association monograph no. 9, 91 p.

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