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Date published: September 24, 2013

New USGS Tool Expedites Assessment of Seawater Intrusion in Coastal Aquifer Systems

The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a hydrologic modeling tool that will aid planning for water-supply sustainability and preparing for the potential impacts of climate change in regional coastal aquifer systems.

Date published: September 24, 2013

Atomic Weights Changed for Nineteen Chemical Elements

The standard atomic weights of nineteen elements have been changed as the result of cooperative research supported by the U.S. Geological Survey and theInternational Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The new values were announced at the August 2013 meeting of the IUPAC Commission on Atomic Weights and Isotopic Abundances held in Gebze, Turkey. 

Date published: September 20, 2013

USGS Receives International Endorsement for Geologic Carbon Sequestration Methodology

The USGS methodology for assessing carbon dioxide (CO2) storage potential for geologic carbon sequestration was endorsed as a best practice for a country-wide storage potential assessment by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Date published: September 19, 2013

New USGS Approach Identifies Priorities for Ambient Water and Sediment Quality Monitoring

Features Tiered Chemical Prioritization, Focuses on Human and Aquatic Health

Date published: September 10, 2013

Assessing the Gaps in Streamflow Information

A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey evaluates how well the USGS streamgage network meets needs for streamflow information by assessing the ability of the network to produce various streamflow statistics at locations that have streamgages (gaged) and that do not have streamgages (ungaged).

Date published: September 4, 2013

Disinfection of Energy Wastewater Can Lead to Toxic Byproducts

Wastewater treatment plants that process waters from oil and gas development were found to discharge elevated levels of toxic chemicals known as brominated disinfection byproducts, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: July 31, 2013

USGS Provides Software for Chemical-Mixture Analysis

The U.S. Geological Survey has developed analysis software to facilitate research of chemical mixtures. The new software consists of four computer programs to help hydrologists, toxicologists, and other professionals investigate chemical mixtures in the environment.

Date published: July 23, 2013

U.S. Shale Formations Might Safely House Nuclear Waste

Shale and other clay-rich rock formations might offer permanent disposal solutions for spent nuclear fuel, according to a new paper by the U.S. Geological Survey. There is currently about 70,000 metric tons of this spent fuel in temporary storage across the United States.

Date published: June 19, 2013

USGS Completes Decommissioning of Landsat 5

On June 5, 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey Flight Operations Team transmitted the last command to the Landsat 5 satellite, effectively terminating the mission 29 years, 3 months and 4 days after its launch by NASA from Vandenberg Air Force Base on March 1, 1984. The Landsat program is a joint effort between USGS and NASA.

Date published: May 16, 2013

National Assessment Shows Geographic Distributions and Trends of Pesticide Use, 1992-2009

For the first time, national maps and trend graphs show the distribution of the agricultural use of 459 pesticides for each year during 1992-2009 for the entire conterminous U.S.  The maps and supporting national database of county-level use estimates for each pesticide were developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for use in national and regional water-quality assessments.

Date published: May 14, 2013

New Insight on Gas Hydrates in Gulf of Mexico

Research is Part of a Long-Standing, Interagency Collaboration — Scientists have returned from a 15‑day research expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico with the best high-resolution seismic data and imagery ever obtained of sediments with high gas hydrate saturations.

Date published: April 15, 2013

USGS Seeks Proposals for Earthquake Research

The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $4 million in grants for earthquake hazards research in 2014.