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Image: Plants Vulnerability to Nitrogen Depends on Where They Grow
July 12, 2018

Land managers, regulators and other participants in market-based conservation wanting to assess the ecological benefits provided by restored, enhanced and preserved land now have a one-stop shop for the quantification tools used to measure these benefits, courtesy of the USGS and the USDA.

Picture of Doug Nebert in his plane
July 9, 2018

Calling for nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments to the spatial data infrastructure mission of the Department of Interior

Screenshot of lidar data availability visualization and file downloads
June 26, 2018

In support of ongoing efforts to provide efficient, cloud ready, open data formats for the use of lidar data, the USGS National Geospatial Program and its associated 3D Elevation Program is transitioning all of its lidar data distribution files to LAZ format by September 30, 2018.

Screenshot of the National Map and associated map layers with new URLs
May 23, 2018

The National Map provides a new Simple Notification Service and has new URLs for some of its thematic cartographic map services.

In this example, the left pane shows a map distribution of model input values for aquifer properties for a model layer. 
April 12, 2018

A new U.S. Geological Survey groundwater model visualization tool is now available to help users visualize the inputs and outputs of complex groundwater models across the country.

Status map of 3D Elevation Program Partnerships to date - April 2018
April 12, 2018

Collaboration continues to move the 3D Elevation Program forward.

USGS
March 29, 2018

Clarifying Latitude and Longitude for Planets besides Earth

A 3D Elevation Program lidar point cloud showing simulated flooding (in blue) of an area in Denver, Colorado
March 28, 2018

Flooding is the leading cause of Presidential disaster declarations. On average, the water hazard has resulted in more than 80 fatalities and cost the U.S. nearly $8 billion annually.

Lidar point cloud of the Pittsburgh, PA area
March 13, 2018

The US Geological Survey National Geospatial Program has released a new version of the USGS Lidar Base Specification that defines deliverables for nationally consistent lidar data acquisitions.

Aurora
March 8, 2018

Measurements of the three-dimensional structure of the earth, as opposed to the one-dimensional models typically used, can help scientists more accurately determine which areas of the United States are most vulnerable to blackouts during hazardous geomagnetic storms.