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The Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center 's mission is to provide scientific understanding and the technology needed to support sound management and conservation of our nation's natural resources, with emphasis on western ecosystems. The scientists from FRESC capitalize on their diverse expertise to answer critically important scientific questions shaped by the equally diverse environments of the western United States. FRESC scientists collaborate with each other and with partners to provide rigorous, objective, and timely information and guidance for the management and conservation of biological systems in the West and worldwide. Research activities are concentrated in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada,...
Ecoregions denote areas of general similarity in ecosystems and in the type, quality, and quantity of environmental resources. They are designed to serve as a spatial framework for the research, assessment, management, and monitoring of ecosystems and ecosystem components. These general purpose regions are critical for structuring and implementing ecosystem management strategies across federal agencies, state agencies, and nongovernment organizations that are responsible for different types of resources within the same geographical areas. The approach used to compile this map is based on the premise that ecological regions can be identified through the analysis of patterns of biotic and abiotic phenomena, including...
Earthquake-triggered ground-failure, such as landsliding and liquefaction, can contribute significantly to losses, but our current ability to accurately include them in earthquake hazard analyses is limited. The development of robust and transportable models requires access to numerous inventories of ground failure triggered by earthquakes that span a broad range of terrains, shaking characteristics, and climates. We present an openly accessible, centralized earthquake-triggered ground-failure inventory repository in the form of a ScienceBase Community to provide open access to these data, and help accelerate progress. The Community hosts digital inventories created by both USGS and non-USGS authors. We present...
The introduction of exotic plant species into the western United States has caused substantial changes to rangeland disturbance regimes and ecosystem structure and function. For example, exotic annual grass (EAG) invasion in western rangelands has increased wildfire frequency, which greatly reduces rangeland ecosystem diversity and leads to single-species dominance in many areas. Rangeland monocultures do not provide optimal carbon sequestration and other environmental processes necessary to sustain historically normal ecosystem structure, including the ecological diversity needed to support sagebrush obligates like Greater Sagegrouse, pygmy rabbit, and pronghorn. These obligates, as well as others, require contiguous,...
U.S. Geological Survey - ShakeCast: a ShakeMap Response Automation System ShakeCast is an application that automatically retrieves ShakeMap data and distributes notifications and assessments to key personnel. ShakeMap scenarios can be found sorted by category within the 'Collections' tab.
Categories: Data; Types: Offline Data; Tags: ShakeMap, earthquake, scenarios
Data resources of the USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities The Chesapeake Bay is our Nation's largest estuary, and the continued restoration and protection of this national resource is a priority for designated Federal and State agencies, and nongovernmental stakeholders through the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP). Given the ecologic and economic importance of the Chesapeake Bay, President Obama issued an Executive order for increased Federal leadership to restore and protect the Bay and its watershed. The USGS has the critical role to provide scientific information for the improved understanding and management of the Bay ecosystem. The USGS works with Federal, State, and academic science partners to provide research, assessment,...
The Minute 319/323 ScienceBase community exists to share data regarding the 2014 pulse flow experiment in the Colorado River delta. Some content, such as provisional data, is not publicly available. Please contact Jeff Kennedy ( for access.
The National Science Foundation Ice Core Facility (NSF-ICF) - formerly the U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) - is a facility for storing, curating, and studying meteoric ice cores recovered from glaciated regions of the world. NSF-ICF provides scientists with the capability to conduct examinations and measurements on ice cores, and it preserves the integrity of these ice cores in a long-term repository for current and future investigations.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion for both current and future SLR scenarios, as well as long-term shoreline change and cliff retreat. Resulting projections for future climate scenarios (sea-level rise and storms) provide emergency responders and coastal planners with critical storm-hazards information that can be used to increase public safety, mitigate physical damages, and more effectively manage and allocate resources within complex coastal settings. Several versions of CoSMoS have been implemented for areas of the California coast, including Southern California,...
This is early version of the USGS Model Catalog. Visit the current version at The U.S. Geological Survey Model Catalog Project (USGS-MCP) incorporates an experimental approach for identifying and featuring scientific models developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other scientific models developed by external organizations used in USGS investigations. The USGS-MCP strives to achieve three primary goals: Improve discovery and awareness of scientific models Develop mechanisms to link scientific models to supplementary information, including professional contacts, reference literature, web resources, source code, data, and documented model applications Facilitate traceability...
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State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) are assessments of the wildlife and habitats in need of conservation action by each state. Congress mandated the states create SWAPs every ten years beginning in 2005 and are the way states receive funding from the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. Each SWAP contains a list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) as determined by that state. USGS was asked by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) to integrate the SGCN lists into a national list to see a national picture of SGCNs. Guide to collection contents Items in the collection with titles and dates for 2005 come from a process that examined each State...
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Remote-sensing technologies—such as video imagery, aerial photography, satellite imagery, structure-from-motion (SfM) photogrammetry, and lidar (laser-based surveying)— can be used to measure change along U.S. coastlines. Quantifying coastal change is essential for calculating trends in erosion and accretion, evaluating processes that shape coastal landscapes, and predicting how the coast will respond to future natural disasters (e.g. hurricanes, landslides, wildfires) and longer term climate trends such (e.g. sea-level rise, ecosystem change, coral bleaching), all critical for U.S. coastal communities. Rapid developments have occurred in remote-sensing technologies during the 21st century. With collaborators...
Research at the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center focuses on providing the scientific understanding and technologies needed to support and implement sound management and conservation of our Nation's biological resources occurring in Hawai'i and other Pacific island locations.
Data Basin is a science-based mapping and analysis platform that supports learning, research, and sustainable environmental stewardship. Free and open access The core of Data Basin is free and provides open access to thousands of scientifically-grounded, biological, physical, and socio-economic datasets. This user-friendly platform enables people with varying levels of technical expertise to: Explore and organize data & information Create custom visualizations, drawings, & analyses Utilize collaborative tools in groups Publish datasets, maps, & galleries Develop decision-support and custom tools A broad audience Data Basin supports researchers, natural resource managers, advocates, teachers, students, and members...
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The U.S. Geological Survey’s Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC), formed in 2015, pulls together experts in biology and ecology from around the Southeastern United States and Caribbean. With primary locations in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Gainesville, Florida, WARC scientists pursue relevant and objective research and new approaches and technologies, to build scientific knowledge and provide understanding and tools for wise management and conservation of wetlands and aquatic ecosystems and their associated plant and animal communities throughout the nation and the world, with an emphasis on the Southeast United States, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Beyond the primary centers, research facilities...
The U.S. Geological Survey Denver Library maintains a collection of more than 400,000 photographs taken during geologic studies of the United States and its territories from 1868 to the present. These images provide a visual history of the discovery, development, and sciences of the United States and its Geological Survey. Some photographs have been used in USGS publications, but most have never been published. Currently, this website represents less than 10 percent of the Library's images with approximately 38,000 photographs on-line. Visit
The Biogeographic Characterization Branch (BCB) has conducted a number of activities over the last several years that have resulted in databases of named, significant spatial features that are important as a foundation for other databases and in analytical processes. We've discovered that all of these activities involve some of the same type of work in quality controls and data prep and result in a simple, common schema for the fundamental data attributes. In an effort to bring all of this work together and get maximum benefit for our systems as a whole, we are establishing this foundational ScienceBase collection to house the information. We use "Spatial Feature" for this collection because each of the items...
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This Science Base Community is a home for data collected by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones and from non-contact sensors on fixed-mount and near-field platforms such as bridges, for water related projects. The goal is to make it easier to publish remotely sensed hydrologic data and create a collection of remotely sensed hydrologic data sets.
Southwest Biological Science Center As a unit of the USGS, the mission of the Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC) is to provide quality scientific information needed to conserve and manage natural and biological resources, with an emphasis on the species and ecosystem of the southwestern United States. SBSC research includes water use and the effects of livestock grazing, wild land fires, invasive species, environmental contaminants, declining populations of native species, and urban development on the Southwest region. Specifically, SBSC's goals include the following: Evaluate responses of fauna and flora to natural and anthropogenic influences; Develop the biological knowledge needed to sustain and restore...
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