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Image: Vegetation Drought
June 5, 2017

The U. S. Geological Survey is poised to bring a dynamic array of science and tools to help decision-makers manage and offset effects of increased drought across the United States, according to a drought plan report released today.

Graphic of a seismometer reading
May 25, 2017

The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program recently released a new strategic plan for earthquake monitoring entitled the “Advanced National Seismic System – Current Status, Development Opportunities, Priorities, 2017-2027.”

NHDPlus HR Hydrologic Regions Map
May 4, 2017

Great strides made toward a national hydrography framework with release of the initial USGS NHDPlus High Resolution datasets.

Image shows an Alaskan Mountain viewed through hyperspectral imaging
April 20, 2017

We've got a library full of spectral signatures, like a police fingerprint library for minerals and other substances!

Snapshot of Water Boundary Dataset status graphic
April 20, 2017

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the suite of hydrography web-based map services, the USGS will separate the services for the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD).

Image shows a male white-tailed deer facing to the left of the image.
April 18, 2017

A new tool, which predicted the recent, rapid growth and continued spread of chronic wasting disease in deer, can help forecast and manage other costly biological threats to humans, animals and the environment, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study.

Hydrologic Regions of Alaska
April 14, 2017

While freshwater ecosystems cover only a small amount of the land surface in Alaska, they transport and emit a significant amount of carbon, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research. An invited feature article for Ecological Applications provides the first-ever major aquatic carbon flux assessment for the entire state. Carbon flux refers to the rate of carbon transfer between pools.

Screen shot, example of The National Map YouTube Video: The US Interagency Elevation Inventory.
March 30, 2017

More than two dozen short videos on mastering USGS geospatial tools now available

Damage to Monuments in Nepal
March 28, 2017

The USGS is currently soliciting project proposals for 2018 grants on earthquake hazards science. 

Screen shot of streams near the Dillon Reservoir, Frisco, CO on imagery basemap
March 27, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey releases a new tile cached map service for hydrography

Illustration of Landsat 7 in orbit
March 24, 2017

Access to consistent high-quality images to study changes on Earth’s surface is getting easier. The USGS Landsat standard (Level-1) product inventory is now structured by data quality and offers improved calibration. Data designated as Tier 1 provide the highest accuracy and can be reliably used to analyze changes to Earth’s surface over time.

Map portraying FY17 Lidar Partnership awards
March 14, 2017

Collaboration funding continues to move the 3D Elevation Program forward