Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center

Technology for Science

GECSC is home to a number of cutting-edge research laboratories and technology development centers. These facilities support the research conducted by scientists in our Center as well as our partners and collaborators in other USGS science centers, DOI, other state and federal agencies, and universities. We apply state-of-the-art analytical techniques to characterize physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of Earth materials, and develop and apply cutting-edge technology for imaging, sensing, monitoring, and characterizing the Earth’s surface and its physical and biological components.

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Date published: May 31, 2019
Status: Active

Remote Sensing of Ecosystem Condition and Resilience

Ecosystem condition tends to be highly dynamic in response to natural variability in climate, extreme climate events, disturbance events, and human land use activities. Satellite imagery provides a powerful tool to enhance our understanding of ecosystem change at a landscape scale. This research integrates diverse sources of satellite imagery with ancillary datasets to explore how ecosystems...

Date published: December 11, 2018
Status: Active

National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office (NUPO) leads the research and integration activities needed to make UAS data collection an efficient, safe, and cost-effective remote sensing tool for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and USGS scientists.

Date published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

Burned Area Essential Climate Variable

Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) track critical attributes of the atmosphere, oceanic, and terrestrial systems over time-scales appropriate for analyzing their relationships with climate change. As part of a larger Climate Data Record (CDR) and ECV project, scientists at GECSC are leading the development and validation of the Burned Area ECV algorithm. This algorithm automatically extracts...

Contacts: Todd Hawbaker
Date published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

Denver Radiogenic Isotope Lab

Radiogenic isotopes are daughter nuclides derived from natural decay of radioactive parent nuclides. They are useful for determining radiometric ages of rocks, minerals, and soils, and can be used as natural tracers of lithologic, hydrologic, and biologic materials.  GEC scientists are currently focused on radiometric dating by U-Pb, U-Th, Sm-Nd, and Rb-Sr, as well as tracer studies using...

Date published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

Low-Temperature Calibration Facility

The USGS Low-Temperature Calibration Facility, located at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) in Boulder Colorado, provides temperature-sensor calibration services for Department of Interior projects, NOAA, and NSF-funded polar projects. Consisting of an exceptionally stable and uniform fluid bath, a NIST certified Standard Platinum Resistance Thermometer (SPRT), thermistor...

Contacts: Frank Urban
Date published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

Luminescence Dating Laboratory

Welcome to the USGS Luminescence Dating Laboratory Site. Information describing the principles of the dating technique, applications and types of dating, as well as more technical information for prospective customers can be found at this site.

Contacts: Shannon Mahan
Date published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

Mineralogy and Microscopy Laboratory

The Mineralogy and Microscopy Laboratory in the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Denver Colorado, supports the investigation of mineralogical components of sediments and whole rock materials. Using X-ray diffraction, the lab can provide semi-quantitative and/or quantitative data related to mineral concentrations in rocks, soils, lake sediments etc.  The laboratory is...

Contacts: Gary Skipp
Date published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

Radiocarbon Laboratory

The USGS has operated a series of radiocarbon laboratories on a continual basis since the early 1950s. The latest iteration is housed in the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center in Denver, Colorado, and features a fully automated, state-of-the-art carbon extraction and graphitization system (or CEGS). The CEGS is used to produce graphite targets from both organic and inorganic...

Date published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

Soils and Sediment Laboratory

The Soils and Sediment Laboratory in the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Denver Colorado, supports the study of soils, sediments, and rocks through physical and chemical analyses. General sample preparation capabilities include standard laboratory processes such as drying, sieving, grinding, and splitting, as well as more specialized tasks that include carbonate and...