Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center

Data and Tools

GECSC staff are responsible for the development of data and tools that support global environmental research, landscape change investigations, geologic studies and emergency response activities. 

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Date published: January 1, 2018

Data release for Quantifying ecosystem service flows at multiple scales across the range of a long-distance migratory species

Migratory species provide ecosystem goods and services throughout their annual cycles, often over long distances. Designing effective conservation solutions for migratory species requires knowledge of both species ecology and the socioeconomic context of their migrations. We present a framework built around the concept that migratory species act as carriers, delivering benefit flows to people...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Data release for Applying high-resolution imagery to evaluate restoration-induced changes in stream condition, Missouri River Headwaters Basin, Montana

Degradation of streams and associated riparian habitat across the Missouri River Headwaters Basin has motivated several stream restoration projects across the watershed. Many of these projects install a series of beaver dam analogues (BDAs) to aggrade incised streams, elevate local water tables, and create natural surface water storage by reconnecting streams with their floodplain

Date published: January 1, 2018

Data Release for Geologic Map of the Pagosa Springs 7.5-minute quadrangle, Archuleta County, Colorado

The Pagosa Springs geologic map is of the 7.5-minute quadrangle of the same name. It is located in southwestern Colorado, USA and shows the town of Pagosa Springs. The mapped area is southwest of the San Juan volcanic mountains (Oligocene) and north of the San Juan Basin. All bedrock units exposed in the map area are Upper Cretaceous in age except a minor canyon outcrop of Upper Jurassic ro...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Data release for Wetlands inform how climate extremes influence surface water expansion and contraction

Effective monitoring and prediction of flood and drought events requires an improved understanding of how and why surface-water expansion and contraction in response to climate varies across space. This paper sought to (1) quantify how interannual patterns of surface-water expansion and contraction vary spatially across the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) and adjacent Northern Prairie (NP%

Date published: January 1, 2018


This data release contains luminescence data from the manuscript "Application of a luminescence-based sediment transport model" by Gray et al. It contains data from the luminescence measurements and experiments in the paper.

Date published: November 1, 2017

Colorado Landcarbon: Accounting for Wildfire

Disturbance disrupts the balance between gross primary productivity and respiration, resulting in a net C loss for some time after a stand-replacing fire. However, our understanding of this process is based on a limited number of studies. Ecosystem C recovery post-fire must be explicitly and carefully examined in order to generate accurate predictions of C cycle impacts of future wildfires an...

Date published: July 17, 2017

Borehole Temperature Logs from Arctic Alaska, pre-1989

The Borehole Temperature Logs provide temperature measurements acquired in permafrost regions of arctic Alaska between 1950 and 1988 by the USGS at 87 sites deep enough to penetrate the base of permafrost.

Date published: July 17, 2017

Climate Impact Meteorological Stations (CLIM-MET) Data and Repeat Photography

Meteorological data and repeat photography captured at Climate Impact Meteorological (CLIM-MET) stations located in the Canyonlands National Park and Mojave National Preserve. Data from ecologically sensitive sites in the Southwest help determine the distribution and types of surficial deposits and the processes responsible for the deposits, and contribute to understanding vegetation...

Date published: July 17, 2017

Dust Event Detection

A catalog of dust events in the southwestern United States since 2009. Dust emission from sources in the southwestern United States is important on local and regional scales because of its effects on air quality, human health and safety, snow melt timing and water management, and on ecosystem function through the depletion and (or) addition of soil nutrients.

Date published: July 17, 2017

Geologic Map of North America

The Geologic Map of North America portrays the grand architecture of the continent as we understood it in the closing years of the 20th century (The Geological Society of America, Inc., 2005). It is the final product of the Geological Society of America's Decade of North American Geology project, and covers about 15% of the Earth's surface at a scale of 1:5,000,000.

Date published: July 17, 2017

Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination (GeoMAC)

GeoMAC is an internet-based mapping application designed to allow Fire Managers and the Public access to dynamically displayed online maps of current fire locations and fire perimeters in the continental U.S. and Alaska. The GeoMAC application is an indispensable tool for aiding fire-personnel by dynamically displaying the most current forest-fire information available from a web browser.

Date published: July 17, 2017

Global Ecosystems Viewer

Data from the Global Ecosystems activity allow for a fine resolution inventory of land-based ecological features anywhere on Earth, and contribute to increased understanding of ecological pattern and ecosystem distributions. Ongoing efforts focus on an ecological land classification approach emphasizing ecologically meaningful characteristics of the land, i.e. bioclimate, landform, and...