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National Innovation Center

The USGS National Innovation Center (NIC) works with public, private, and non-profit partners in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to design, test, and bring into operation the next generation of technology and engineering tools to help solve the Nation's pressing earth science challenges.

Publications

In situ enhancement and isotopic labeling of biogenic coalbed methane

Subsurface microbial (biogenic) methane production is an important part of the global carbon cycle that has resulted in natural gas accumulations in many coal beds worldwide. Laboratory studies suggest that complex carbon-containing nutrients (e.g., yeast or algae extract) can stimulate methane production, yet the effectiveness of these nutrients within coal beds is unknown. Here, we use downhole

Poor relationships between NEON Airborne Observation Platform data and field-based vegetation traits at a mesic grassland

Understanding spatial and temporal variation in plant traits is needed to accurately predict how communities and ecosystems will respond to global change. The National Observatory Ecological Network (NEON) Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) provides hyperspectral images and associated data products at numerous field sites at 1 m spatial resolution, potentially allowing high-resolution trait mappi

Representing plant diversity in land models: An evolutionary approach to make ‘Functional Types’ more functional

Plants are critical mediators of terrestrial mass and energy fluxes, and their structural and functional traits have profound impacts on local and global climate, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, and hydrology. Yet Earth System Models (ESMs), our most powerful tools for predicting the effects of humans on the coupled biosphere-atmosphere system, simplify the incredible diversity of land plants into

Science

2022 Post-Doctoral Fellow - Geophysical Techniques for Off-World Resource Surveys

USGS is partnering with NASA and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) for Research and Engineering to increase capabilities in off-world resource surveying. We propose to explore the utility and feasibility of geophysical techniques to characterize potential resources in the near subsurface of the Moon and Mars, improving our ability to detect, map, and characterize in situ...
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2022 Post-Doctoral Fellow - Geophysical Techniques for Off-World Resource Surveys

USGS is partnering with NASA and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) for Research and Engineering to increase capabilities in off-world resource surveying. We propose to explore the utility and feasibility of geophysical techniques to characterize potential resources in the near subsurface of the Moon and Mars, improving our ability to detect, map, and characterize in situ...
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Next Generation Stream Gaging

USGS scientists and partners have developed and deployed a low-cost, low-power stream gage system that could meet California’s next generation water needs. The system is now in experimental deployment in Sonoma County, addressing post-wildfire runoff threats and is being developed for the Upper Feather River watershed in northern California - a primary source of the state's water supply. This...
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Next Generation Stream Gaging

USGS scientists and partners have developed and deployed a low-cost, low-power stream gage system that could meet California’s next generation water needs. The system is now in experimental deployment in Sonoma County, addressing post-wildfire runoff threats and is being developed for the Upper Feather River watershed in northern California - a primary source of the state's water supply. This...
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National Innovation Center Seminar Series

This bi-weekly seminar series is an opportunity to present innovation successes and prospects across USGS Mission Areas. It is a forum for our scientists and partners to learn about existing and potential innovative technologies to help fill known observation gaps, as well as to present cutting edge research and technology opportunities which could be leveraged to advance USGS science through...
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National Innovation Center Seminar Series

This bi-weekly seminar series is an opportunity to present innovation successes and prospects across USGS Mission Areas. It is a forum for our scientists and partners to learn about existing and potential innovative technologies to help fill known observation gaps, as well as to present cutting edge research and technology opportunities which could be leveraged to advance USGS science through...
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