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Secretary Jewell Announces New Wildlife and Climate Studies at the Southeast Climate Science Center

Released: 12/18/2014 12:30:00 AM
Reporters: Descriptions of the funded projects are available here.

USGS Amps up Environmental DNA Research With New DNA Machine

Released: 12/17/2014 11:26:41 AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The U.S. Geological Survey Southeast Ecological Science Center has acquired a state-of-the-art genetic analysis machine that will help advance environmental DNA research efforts. The use of environmental DNA, or eDNA, could assist resource managers nationwide conserve imperiled species and improve control efforts of invasive species.

Get Your Wheels Spinning

Released: 12/4/2014 10:00:00 AM
As part of the continued US Topo maps revision and improvement cycle, the USGS will be including mountain bike trails to upcoming quadrangles on a state-aligned basis.

Ocean Warming Affecting Florida Reefs

Released: 9/9/2014 2:22:45 PM
Late-summer water temperatures near the Florida Keys were warmer by nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit in the last several decades compared to a century earlier, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Nesting Gulf Sea Turtles Feed in Waters Filled With Threats

Released: 7/30/2014 2:29:57 PM
Nesting loggerhead sea turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico feed among areas that were oiled by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and where human activities occur, several of which are known to pose threats to sea turtles, a new U.S Geological study showed.

Carbon Storage in U.S. Eastern Ecosystems Helps Counter Greenhouse Gas Emissions Contributing to Climate Change

Released: 6/25/2014 4:33:54 PM
On the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a new report showing that forests, wetlands and farms in the eastern United States naturally store 300 million tons of carbon a year (1,100 million tons of CO2 equivalent), which is nearly 15 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions EPA estimates the country emits each year or an amount that exceeds and offsets yearly U.S. car emissions.

Study Aids Water Managers Battle Saltwater Intrusion

Released: 5/22/2014 9:00:00 AM
MIAMI – Scientists are using a cadre of new weapons in the battle against an old nemesis – saltwater intrusion. Using state-of-the-art technology, U.S. Geological Survey researchers have been able to provide Miami-Dade County the most accurate depiction to date of saltwater intrusion in Biscayne aquifer, which will help water managers protect the primary drinking water source for the county’s roughly 2.5 million residents.

Meeting the Elevation Needs of the Nation

Released: 5/14/2014 11:00:00 AM
Want to know how elevation will benefit your state? The USGS National Geospatial Program is advancing the 3D Elevation Program, known as 3DEP, in response to the growing need for high-quality three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features.

Coral Reefs are Critical for Risk Reduction & Adaptation

Released: 5/13/2014 12:00:00 PM
ARLINGTON, Va — Stronger storms, rising seas, and flooding are placing hundreds of millions people at risk around the world, and big part of the solution to decrease those risks is just off shore. A new study finds that coral reefs reduce the wave energy that would otherwise impact coastlines by 97 percent.

Invasive Burmese Pythons Are Good Navigators and Can Find Their Way Home

Released: 3/19/2014 8:00:00 AM
Invasive Burmese pythons in South Florida are able to find their way home even when moved far away from their capture locations, a finding that has implications for the spread of the species.

Bacteria No Match for Deep Floridan Aquifer

Released: 3/11/2014 11:00:00 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- A first of its kind study has the potential to impact future regulatory decisions on disinfection practices for water prior to its recharge or following its storage in the Floridan Aquifer.

Burmese Pythons Pose Little Risk to People in Everglades

Released: 2/27/2014 2:30:00 PM
The estimated tens of thousands of Burmese pythons now populating the Everglades present a low risk to people in the park, according to a new assessment by U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service scientists.

New Tool Available to Help Track Spilled Oil

Released: 2/6/2014 1:30:10 PM
A newly developed computer model holds the promise of helping scientists track and predict where oil will go after a spill, sometimes years later.


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