Fort Collins Science Center

Data Management and Delivery

It is a difficult task to determine the desirable environmental targets for aquatic resource managers, because of a myriad of physical, hydrological, and biological processes affecting aquatic ecosystems and hydroscapes, the complexity of interactions and the multifaceted information, and substantial levels of uncertainty. Computer-based Decision Support Systems (DSS) can help integrate and communicate scientific information and analyses, and thus provide support tools for decisionmaking. The AS Branch is working on DSS development to generate spatially explicit indices of habitat suitability for various flow scenarios.

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Date published: October 30, 2016
Status: Active

Data and Project Management

The USGS and partner agencies maintain millions of datasets in many thousands of collections. Designing systems to document, catalog, analyze, and distribute these datasets requires expert computer science skills coupled with close coordination of data generators and users. To support these efforts, the Information Science Branch developed project tracking web applications that help Centers...

Date published: October 28, 2016
Status: Active

Data Integration Frameworks

Assembling data and presenting it in a meaningful way becomes increasingly important as natural resource issues span larger and larger geographic, political, organizational, and scientific boundaries. The Information Science Branch helps design, develop, and implement applications that allow USGS Centers, programs, and projects to securely store, document, integrate, and share datasets. These...

Date published: October 26, 2016
Status: Active

North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)

North American bats face unprecedented threats including habitat loss and fragmentation, white-nose syndrome, wind energy development, and climate change. However, it is difficult to evaluate the impacts of these threats due to a lack of basic information about the distribution and abundance of bats across the continent. Although bat monitoring has long been conducted in individual areas and...

Date published: October 24, 2016
Status: Active

Observation and Monitoring Networks

National observation and monitoring networks, regardless of their target observation type, share many common needs. Not the least of these needs is the data assembly framework employed by the network - the flow of many types of collected data into a common processing, analysis, and visualization engine. The Information Science Branch uses experiences from similar software and infrastructure...

Date published: October 18, 2016
Status: Active

Information Architecture

True data integration across many databases and projects requires new thinking about the design of data collection and distribution applications. Working with multiple USGS partners, the Information Science Branch researched and designed a new approach to software development and deployment that maintains function-based containers connected by web services. This component approach provides...

Date published: August 8, 2016
Status: Active

WNS Data Management Coordination

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a disease responsible for unprecedented mortality in hibernating bats in the northeastern U.S. This previously unrecognized disease has spread very rapidly since its discovery in January 2007 and poses a considerable threat to hibernating bats throughout North America. 

Date published: August 8, 2016
Status: Completed

Bat Population Data Project

In 1994, USGS scientists recognized that despite increasing concern for many species of bats known or believed to be declining, the data necessary to determine population status and trends were fragmented among agencies and organizations. Thus began theUSGS Bat Population Data Project, which has become a multi-phase, comprehensive effort to compile existing population information for bats in...

Date published: August 8, 2016
Status: Active

Bat Banding Clearinghouse

The need to mark bats individually in order to assess life history parameters and movements is especially important as threats from white-nose syndrome (WNS) and wind energy development continue to negatively affect bats.

Date published: June 27, 2016
Status: Active

Using Cell Technology to Track Species Movement

The Information Science Branch explored and developed ways to track species locations using a standard cellular phone network. This technology provides more tracking data at a faster rate and lower cost than traditional satellite tracking systems. The initial implementation of this approach currently provides support for the California Condor recovery program and is being extended to include...

Contacts: Gail Montgomery
Date published: June 27, 2016
Status: Active

Surface Disturbance and Reclamation Tracking Tool (SDARTT)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have partnered to create the Surface Disturbance Analysis and Reclamation Tracking Tool (SDARTT). SDARTT is to be the national repository for and analysis tool of disturbance data pertaining to public land operations for the BLM. Users will upload disturbance and reclamation data to SDARTT to map, analyze, and...

Date published: June 27, 2016
Status: Active

Information Science Virtual Private Cloud (IS-VPC)

The Information Science Branch developed a set of performance, security, and resiliency models to evaluate information architectures optimized for cloud hosting solutions.

Date published: June 27, 2016
Status: Active

ScienceBase

ScienceBase provides a number of features that scientists can use to build data collections, share data through web services, and ensure these data are preserved for use by future researchers. The project involves core research on linked open data, vocabularies, repository services, security, code management, and handling of large datasets. ScienceBase addresses not only data integration...