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Landsat Analysis Ready Data
November 8, 2017

Improvements to the quality and usability of Landsat satellite data have been made with the release of a new USGS product called Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD). 

USGS: Science for a changing world
November 8, 2017

In the public interest, and in accordance with FAA regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Screenshot of topo map imagery from My Map web service
November 7, 2017

As part of an ongoing effort to improve performance and reliability for the suite of USGS Hydrography web-based map services, the USGS is migrating the National Hydrography Dataset and Watershed Boundary Dataset services to a Cloud location.

A muddy river in the background flows into a clear river in the foreground.
November 1, 2017

TACOMA, Wash. — The U.S. Geological Survey recently published the results of a new five-year suspended-sediment and water temperature study from the Sauk River. The purpose of this study is to improve understanding of the magnitude and timing of suspended sediment from the Sauk River and its tributaries to the Skagit River.

Image shows a view of Libby Dam and Lake Koocanusa
October 25, 2017

Resource managers, regulators, and stakeholders of Montana and British Columbia’s Lake Koocanusa now have a new approach for understanding the implications of different levels of selenium, and to explore alternative selenium criteria for waters in the Lake.

Picture of a green heron
October 25, 2017

The USGS announces the release of the Species of Greatest Conservation Need national database. The SGCN lists are part of the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) process and identify the species most in need of conservation action in that state or territory. In total, 16,420 species have been included in the SGCN national list.

A view of selected feature types in the Governmental Units dynamic service around Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 3, 2017

Many of The National Map dynamic overlay services have new schemas and updated cartography to provide a better user experience in The National Map viewer and other applications. 

Screen shot of the new replacement National Map Advanced Viewer.
September 27, 2017

The USGS is planning to discontinue service to the previous versions of the National Map viewer application.

USGS logo green
September 26, 2017

MODFLOW 6, the newest version of the world’s most widely used groundwater modeling software, is now available for download from the U.S. Geological Survey

Portion of 2012, 0.3 meter High Resolution Orthoimage data near  Lake Union, Seattle, Wash.
September 25, 2017

The USGS would like to remind users of the upcoming sunset of National Map High Resolution Orthoimagery Data and Services.

EDMAP Program supported students from William & Mary University prepare to conduct field research
September 19, 2017

Calling all Earth Science professors conducting research or teaching geologic mapping. The USGS EDMAP Program is accepting funding proposals focusing on geologic mapping to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their colleges or universities.

Image: Rio Grande and Cliffs in Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park
September 14, 2017

A new U.S. Geological Survey report describes the below ground geology of the Rio Grande transboundary region of New Mexico and Texas, United States, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico.