Core Science Systems

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Year Published: 2014

Integrating recent land cover mapping efforts to update the National Gap Analysis Program's species habitat map

Over the past decade, great progress has been made to develop national extent land cover mapping products to address natural resource issues. One of the core products of the GAP Program is range-wide species distribution models for nearly 2000 terrestrial vertebrate species in the U.S. We rely on deductive modeling of habitat affinities using...

Toth, Charles; Holm, Thomas; Jutz, Boris; McKerrow, Alexa J.; Davidson, A.; Earnhardt, Todd; Benson, Abigail L.
McKerrow, A. J., A. Davidson, T. S. Earnhardt, A. L. Benson. 2014. Integrating Recent Land Cover Mapping Efforts to Update the National Gap Analysis Program's Species Habitat Map

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Year Published: 2013

U.S. Geological Survey core science systems strategy: characterizing, synthesizing, and understanding the critical zone through a modular science framework

Executive SummaryCore Science Systems is a new mission of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that resulted from the 2007 Science Strategy, “Facing Tomorrow’s Challenges: U.S. Geological Survey Science in the Decade 2007–2017.” This report describes the Core Science Systems vision and outlines a strategy to facilitate integrated characterization and...

Bristol, R. Sky; Euliss, Ned H.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Burkardt, Nina; Diffendorfer, Jay E.; Gesch, Dean B.; McCallum, Brian E.; Miller, David M.; Morman, Suzette A.; Poore, Barbara S.; Signell, Richard P.; Viger, Roland J.
Bristol, R.S., Euliss, N.H., Jr., Booth, N.L., Burkardt, Nina, Diffendorfer, J.E., Gesch, D.B., McCallum, B.E., Miller, D.M., Morman, S.A., Poore, B.S., Signell, R.P., and Viger, R.J., 2013, U.S. Geological Survey core science systems strategy—Characterizing, synthesizing, and understanding the critical zone through a modular science framework: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1383–B, 33 p.

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Year Published: 2013

Developing an outcome-based biodiversity metric in support of the field to market project: Final report

Our objective was to create a metric that would calculate the relative impact of common commercial agricultural practices on terrestrial vertebrate richness. We sought to define impacts in fields (including field borders) of the southeastern region’s commercial production of corn, wheat, soy, and cotton. The metric is intended to serve as an...

Drew, C. Ashton; Alexander-Vaughn, Louise B.; Collazo, Jaime A.; McKerrow, Alexa J.; Anderson, John

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Year Published: 2013

Tools and data for meeting America's conservation challenges

The Gap Analysis Project (GAP) produces data and tools that help meet critical national challenges such as biodiversity conservation, renewable energy development, climate change adaptation, and infrastructure investment. The GAP is managed by the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. GAP supports a wide range of national, State, and...

Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa
Tools and data for meeting America's conservation challenges; 2013; USGS Unnumbered Series; GIP; 151; Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa

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Year Published: 2013

Species data: National inventory of range maps and distribution models

The Gap Analysis Project (GAP) produces data and tools that help meet critical national challenges such as biodiversity conservation, renewable energy development, climate change adaptation, and infrastructure investment. The GAP species data includes vertebrate range maps and distribution models for the continental United States, as well as...

Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa
Species data: national inventory of range maps and distribution models; 2013; FS; 2013-3087; Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa

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Year Published: 2013

PAD-US: National Inventory of Protected Areas

The Gap Analysis Program produces data and tools that help meet critical national challenges such as biodiversity conservation, renewable energy development, climate change adaptation, and infrastructure investment. The Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) is the official inventory of protected open space in the United States....

Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa
Gergely, K.J., and McKerrow, Alexa, 2016, PAD-US—National inventory of protected areas (ver. 1.1, August 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3086, 2 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3086/.

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Year Published: 2013

Terrestrial ecosystems: national inventory of vegetation and land use

The Gap Analysis Project (GAP)/Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools (LANDFIRE) National Terrestrial Ecosystems Data represents detailed data on the vegetation and land-use patterns of the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. This national dataset combines detailed land cover data generated by the GAP with...

Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa
Gergely, K.J., and McKerrow, A., 2016, Terrestrial ecosystems—National inventory of vegetation and land use (ver. 1.1, August 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3085, 1 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3085/.

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Year Published: 2013

Integrating complexity into data-driven multi-hazard supply chain network strategies

Major strategies in the wake of a large-scale disaster have focused on short-term emergency response solutions. Few consider medium-to-long-term restoration strategies that reconnect urban areas to the national supply chain networks (SCN) and their supporting infrastructure. To re-establish this connectivity, the relationships within the SCN must...

Long, Suzanna K.; Shoberg, Thomas G.; Ramachandran, Varun; Corns, Steven M.; Carlo, Hector J.
Integrating complexity into data-driven multi-hazard supply chain network strategies; 2013; Conference publication; Proceedings of the ASPRS\CaGIS 2013 Specialty Conference; Long, Suzanna K.; Shoberg, Thomas G.; Ramachandran, Varun; Corns, Steven M.; Carlo, Hector J.

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Year Published: 2013

Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science research plan 2013-18

The U.S. Geological Survey Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) was created in 2006 and since that time has provided research primarily in support of The National Map. The presentations and publications of the CEGIS researchers document the research accomplishments that include advances in electronic topographic map...

Usery, E. Lynn
Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science research plan 2013-18; 2013; OFR; 2013-1189; Usery, E. Lynn

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Year Published: 2013

Representation of ecological systems within the protected areas network of the continental United States

If conservation of biodiversity is the goal, then the protected areas network of the continental US may be one of our best conservation tools for safeguarding ecological systems (i.e., vegetation communities). We evaluated representation of ecological systems in the current protected areas network and found insufficient representation at three...

Aycrigg, Jocelyn L.; Davidson, Anne; Svancara, Leona K.; Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa; Scott, J. Michael
Representation of ecological systems within the protected areas network of the continental United States; 2013; Article; Journal; PLoS One; Aycrigg, Jocelyn L.; Davidson, Anne ; Svancara, Leona K.; Gergely, Kevin J.; McKerrow, Alexa ; Scott, J. Michael

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Year Published: 2013

Integrating stations from the North America Gravity Database into a local GPS-based land gravity survey

The ability to augment local gravity surveys with additional gravity stations from easily accessible national databases can greatly increase the areal coverage and spatial resolution of a survey. It is, however, necessary to integrate such data seamlessly with the local survey. One challenge to overcome in integrating data from national databases...

Shoberg, Thomas G.; Stoddard, Paul R.
Integrating stations from the North America Gravity Database into a local GPS-based land gravity survey; 2013; Article; Journal; Journal of Applied Geophysics; Shoberg, Thomas G.; Stoddard, Paul R.

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Year Published: 2013

US Topo–A new national map series, 2012 update

The U.S. Geological Survey's Larry Moore provides an update on the US Topo effort, the Survey’s general purpose, digital, quadrangle map series. He outlines the successes thus far and the obstacles still ahead in 2013.

Moore, Laurence R.
US Topo–A new national map series, 2012 update; 2013; Article; Journal; Directions Magazine; Moore, Laurence R.