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Photo of USGS biologist preparing to release a reproductive female pallid sturgeon.
August 5, 2016

A new fact sheet documenting the development of the Missouri River Pallid Sturgeon Effects Analysis (EA) is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey. The EA is an effort to assess how Missouri River management has affected—and may affect—the endangered pallid sturgeon population.

: Screen shot of the updated Protected Areas Database of the U.S. geodatabase viewer, showing the “Protected Areas by Public Acc
August 4, 2016

Updated national geospatial inventory of public parks and open space lands features greater coverage and accuracy

Arctic tundra - upper Alaska
July 25, 2016

Top representatives from eight national mapping agencies gather to deliberate an Arctic spatial data infrastructure

USGS logo
July 7, 2016

Alaska is a major producer of base and precious metals and has a high potential for additional undiscovered mineral resources. However, discovery is hindered by Alaska’s vast size, remoteness and rugged terrain. New methods are needed to overcome these obstacles in order to evaluate Alaska’s geology and mineral resource potential.

Painting - Denali in Midsummer
June 21, 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey has produced a new compilation of landscape-scale sediment and soil geochemical data for Alaska. This was last completed nearly 40 years ago in 1978, but the new effort uses modern modeling and analysis techniques to map 68 elements across a newly developed and updated geochemical atlas of Alaska.

The National Map Viewer Interface
June 21, 2016

 

Map Viewer Enhancements: Upgrades to The National Map Viewer increase the platform capabilities and user experience; released in time to be highlighted at the Esri UC in San Diego. 

USGS: Science for a changing world
June 17, 2016

Science diplomacy is the use of collaborations among nations to address common scientific problems and to build constructive international partnerships. Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver, Colorado recently used the science diplomacy tactic to initiate a ground-breaking international collaboration with the Nation of Cuba. 

Solar power tower surrounded by an array of heliostats
June 13, 2016

Addressing a need for wildlife monitoring at solar power facilities

USGS Online GW Quality Mapper Nat Map
June 2, 2016

A first of its kind, national assessment of an unseen, valuable resource used by millions of people.

Arctic landscape near Greenland
May 25, 2016

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and sponsors, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in collaboration with the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Participants, announce a Request for Quotation (RFQ) and Call for Participation (CFP) in the OGC Interoperability Program’s Arctic Spatial Data Pilot Phase-2 (Arctic SDP) initiative.