Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center


GECSC researchers conduct multi-purpose geologic mapping and topical scientific studies to address issues concerning geologic, climatic, ecosystem, and land surface changes; human interactions with the environment; and physical, chemical, and biological characterization of the Earth's surface and upper crust. 


Date published: September 14, 2018

Big Thompson Floods of 1976 and 2013 - A Visual Comparison

The Big Thompson Floods of 1976 and 2013 shown visually. The inundation images reflect the location and peak streamflows at certain points between Estes Park and Loveland, Colorado.

Date published: July 27, 2018

Follow National Wildfire Information in the Palm of Your Hand: GeoMAC Goes Mobile

The public can now access information about active wildfires across the country using a smartphone.

Date published: April 19, 2018

U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Department of Energy Release Online Public Dataset and Viewer of U.S. Wind Turbine Locations and Characteristics

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association, released the United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) and the USWTDB Viewer to access this new public dataset.


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Year Published: 2019

Guidance for assessing interregional ecoystem service flows

Ecosystem services (ES) assessments commonly focus on a specific biophysical region or nation and take its geographic borders as the system boundary. Most geographical regions are, however, not closed systems but are open and telecoupled with other regions through ES imports and exports, which are mediated by fluxes of matter, energy and...

Koellner, Thomas; Bonn, Aletta; Arnhold, Sebastian; Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Friedman, Dor; Guerra, Carlos; Kastner, Thomas; Kissinger, Meidad; Kleeman, Janina; Kuhlicke, Christian; Liu, Jianguo; Lopez-Hoffman, Laura; Marques, Alexandra; Martin-Lopez, Berta; Schulp, Catharina J. E.; Wolff, Sarah; Schröter, Matthias

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Year Published: 2019

Petrographic, geochemical, and geochronologic data for cenozoic volcanic rocks of the Tonopah, Divide, and Goldfield Mining Districts, Nevada

The purpose of this report is to summarize geochemical, petrographic, and geochronologic data for samples, principally those of unmineralized Tertiary volcanic rocks, from the Tonopah, Divide, and Goldfield mining districts of west-central Nevada (fig. 1). Much of the data presented here for the Tonopah and Divide districts are for samples...

du Bray, Edward A.; John, David A.; Vikre, Peter G.; Colgan, Joseph P.; Cosca, Michael A.; Morgan, Leah E.; Fleck, Robert J.; Premo, Wayne R.; Holm-Denoma, Christopher S.
du Bray, E.A., John, D.A., Vikre, P.G., Colgan, J.P., Cosca, M.A., Morgan, L.E., Fleck, R.J., Premo, W.R., and Holm-Denoma, C.S., 2019, Petrographic, geochemical, and geochronologic data for Cenozoic volcanic rocks of the Tonopah, Divide, and Goldfield mining districts, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1099, 15 p.,

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New geochemical evidence for the origin of North America's largest dune field, the Nebraska Sand Hills, central Great Plains, USA

The Nebraska Sand Hills region is the largest dune field in North America and has diverse aeolian landforms. It has been active during both the late Pleistocene and late Holocene. Despite decades of study, the source of sediment for this large sand sea is still controversial. Here we...

Muhs, Daniel R.; Budahn, James R.