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Our Western Geographic Science Center (WGSC) priority is to continue the important work of the Department of the Interior and the USGS, while also maintaining the health and safety of our employees and the community.  Based on guidance from the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing within our offices. If you need additional assistance, please contact Susan Benjamin, sbenjamin@usgs.gov.

Anne Wein Wins Bay Area Metro Award!

Anne Wein Wins Bay Area Metro Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Anne Wein, Operations Research Analyst at WGSC, who received a 2019 Bay Area Metro Award for her work as lead researcher for the HayWired earthquake scenario!

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Remote Sensing and Dryland Management

Remote Sensing and Dryland Management

With the use of remote sensing and spatial analysis, WGSC scientists study dryland vegetation and soils to determine disturbances and help manage recovery.

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News

Date published: March 24, 2021

Media Advisory: A Jaguar’s Field of Dreams – Live Online Public Lecture

The U.S. Geological Survey public lecture series is back and virtual. News reporters are invited to attend to learn how USGS scientists are helping protect one of the only jaguars that lives in the U.S.

Date published: November 2, 2020

New Geo-Narrative explores California’s exposure to volcanic hazards

The first step in mitigating volcanic risk and building community resilience to volcanic hazards is identifying what and who is in harm’s way.

Date published: June 7, 2019

Anne Wein Wins Prestigious 2019 Bay Area Metro Award

Congratulations to Dr. Anne Wein, Operations Research Analyst at WGSC, who received a 2019 Bay Area Metro Award from the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for her work as lead researcher for the HayWired earthquake scenario. 

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Trait-based filtering mediates the effects of realistic biodiversity losses on ecosystem functioning

Biodiversity losses are a major driver of global changes in ecosystem functioning. While most studies of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning have examined randomized species losses, trait-based filtering associated with species-specific vulnerability to drivers of diversity loss can strongly influence how ecosystem...

Wolf, Amelia A.; Funk, Jennifer L; Selmants, Paul; Morozumi, Connor N; Hernandez, Daniel L.; Pasari, Jae R; Zavaleta, Erika S

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Year Published: 2021

Hyperspectral narrowband data propel gigantic leap in the earth remote sensing

Hyperspectral narrowbands (HNBs) capture data as nearly continuous “spectral signatures” rather than a “few spectral data points” along the electromagnetic spectrum as with multispectral broadbands (MBBs). Almost all of satellite remote sensing of the Earth in the twentieth century was conducted using MBB data from sensors such as the Landsat-...

Thenkabail, Prasad; Aneece, Itiya; Teluguntla, Pardhasaradhi; Oliphant, Adam

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Year Published: 2021

A new remote sensing-based Carbon Sequestration Potential Index (CSPI): A tool to support land carbon management

Integrating remote sensing into assessments of carbon stocks and fluxes has advanced our understanding of how global change affects landscapes and our capacity to support decision making about forest management. However, there remains a lack of detailed and actionable analyses conducted across widely ranging environmental conditions that are...

Pascual, Adrian; Giardina, Christian P.; Selmants, Paul; Laramee, Leah J; Asner, Gregory P.