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Walton-Day, K., Balistrieri, L. S., Berger, B. R., Johnson, K. M., Haines, S. S., and Diffendorfer, J. E. 2012. Integrated resource assessments: A framework to consider the consequences of mineral resource development. U.S. EPA Hardrock Mining Conference 2012: Advancing Solutions for a New Legacy. Denver, CO.

Carr, N .B., J.E. Diffendorfer, J. E., Fancher, T. S., Latysh, N. E., Leib, K. J., Matherne, A.-M., and Turner, C. 2011. Locations and attributes of wind turbines in Colorado, 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 597.

Carr, N .B., J.E. Diffendorfer, J. E., Fancher, T. S., Latysh, N. E., Leib, K. J., Matherne, A.-M., and Turner, C. 2011. Locations and attributes of wind turbines in New Mexico, 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 596.

Carr, N. B., Diffendorfer, J. E., Latysh, N. E., Leib, K. J., Matherne, A., Turner, C. 2011. Assessing effects of energy development in Colorado and New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011-3053. 2 p.

Consequences of Energy and Mineral Resource Development

Conceptual model for the forecasting of multiple environmental and economic effects of proposed energy development activities.
Conceptual model for the forecasting of multiple environmental and economic
effects of proposed energy development activities.
We focus broadly on energy and mineral development as drivers of land change with a focus on wind energy and integrated assessments of energy development. We perform 3 general activities. First, when needed we perform basic research on the impacts of energy infrastructure. Currently this involves wind energy. Second, we participate in research to develop geospatial models that a) forecast future energy development, b) assess natural resources and threats, and c) combine a and b into planning support tools. This work is critical for moving USGS current energy and mineral assessments into a more integrative framework. Third, when possible, we place our work in the context of national and state-level energy policy. The work has supported a USGS Powell Center working group on integrated energy assessments, a project with members from the Energy team at USGS to develop a methodology to assess wind energy impacts on wildlife, and an effort to create a national map of all wind turbines in the United States.

Principal Investigator: Jay Diffendorfer, jediffendorfer@usgs.gov, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Denver, CO

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