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Science Analytics and Synthesis (SAS) emphasizes a science data lifecycle approach to Earth systems data and information. We strive to accelerate research and decision making through data science, information delivery, advanced computing, and biodiversity analytics.

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Date published: July 9, 2019

Major Update for America’s Inventory of Parks and Other Protected Areas: Protected Areas Database of the United States

A new version of the Protected Areas Database of the U.S., or PAD-US, has major federal, state and easement updates, an easier-to-use data structure, new web services, national-scale printable maps, and more.

Date published: May 28, 2019

GAP Terrestrial Vertebrate Species Richness Maps Released for the Conterminous U.S.

The USGS Gap Analysis Project, part of Core Science System's Science Analytics and Synthesis, has released terrestrial vertebrate species richness maps for the Conterminous U.S.

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Global observational needs and resources for marine biodiversity

The diversity of life in the sea is critical to the health of ocean ecosystems that support living resources and therefore essential to the economic, nutritional, recreational, and health needs of billions of people. Yet there is evidence that the biodiversity of many marine habitats is being altered in response to a changing climate and human...

Canonico, Gabrielle; Buttigieg, Pier Luigi; Montes, Enrique; Muller-Karger, Frank E.; Stepien, Carol; Wright, Dawn J.; Benson, Abigail; Helmuth, Brian; Costello, Mark John; Sousa-Pinto, Isabel; Saeedi, Hanieh; Newton, Jan; Appeltans, Ward; Bednaršek, Nina; Bodrossy, Levente; Best, Benjamin D.; Brandt, Angelika; Goodwin, Kelly D; Iken, Katrin; Marquez, Antonio C; Miloslavich, Patricia; Ostrowski, Martin; Turner, Woody; Achterberg, Eric P; Barry, Tom; DeFeo, Omar; Bigatti, Gregorio; Henry, Lea-Anne; Ramiro-Sánchez, Berta; Durán, Pablo; Morato, Telmo; Roberts, J. Murray; Garcia-Alegre, Ana; Sacau Cuadrado, Mar; Murton, Bramley

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Gap Analysis Project (GAP) Terrestrial Vertebrate Species Richness Maps for the Conterminous U.S.

The mission of the Gap Analysis Project (GAP) is to support national and regional assessments of the conservation status of vertebrate species and plant communities. This report explains conterminous United States species richness maps created by the U.S. Geological Survey for four major classes in the phylum Chordata: mammals, birds, reptiles,...

Gergely, Kevin J.; Boykin, Kenneth G.; McKerrow, Alexa J.; Rubino, Matthew J.; Tarr, Nathan M.; Williams, Steven G.
Gergely, K.J., Boykin, K.G., McKerrow, A.J., Rubino, M.J., Tarr, N.M., and Williams, S.G., 2019, Gap Analysis Project (GAP) terrestrial vertebrate species richness maps for the conterminous U.S.: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5034, 99 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195034.

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Species occurrence data for the Nation—USGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)

USGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) is a unique, Web-based Federal mapping resource for species occurrence data in the United States and its Territories. BISON’s size is unprecedented, including records for most living species found in the United States and encompassing the efforts of more than a million professional and...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2015, Species occurrence data for the Nation—USGS Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) (ver. 1.1, May 2019): U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 160, 1 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip160.