Technical Announcements

Explore the technical news that focuses on data, methodologies, and more.

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September 19, 2012

As Landsat continues to circle Earth, international partners of the Landsat program in almost a dozen locations downlink and process the data, sharing images with a global community of scientists, engineers, and land managers.

September 18, 2012

Davie, FL. -- A new online tool will make data on several of Florida’s threatened and endangered species—including the Florida panther, American crocodile, and Key deer—more readily accessible to resource managers and planners. 

August 27, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The U.S. Geological Survey has released updated flood frequency estimates for select rural "natural flow" California streams throughout the state. The estimates are based on greatly expanded data and documented in three reports available online. These reports from the USGS and its partners represent an important resource for emergency officials, water

August 21, 2012

New statistics on the use of water in Louisiana are presented in a recent report by the United States Geological Survey. 

June 19, 2012

Land and resource managers now have a comprehensive new map of coal and wind energy resources information for southwestern Wyoming. This map has been released by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Wyoming State Geological Survey, as Part A of a two part energy map and data series. 

June 8, 2012

A Contest to Celebrate 40 Years of Landsat

May 24, 2012

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States' Landsat Earth-observing program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes.

May 1, 2012

The USGS and EPA teamed up with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) to launch a brand new Water Quality Portal (Portal) for water quality data. The Portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data from USGS’s National Water Information System (NWIS) and EPA’s Storage and Retrieval Data Warehouse (STORET). 

April 30, 2012

There was no change in concentrations of chloride, dissolved solids, or nitrate in groundwater for more than 50 percent of well networks sampled in a new analysis by the USGS that compared samples from 1988-2000 to samples from 2001-2010. For those networks that did have a change, seven times more networks saw increases as opposed to decreases.   

April 23, 2012

Younger Dryas "Impact Markers" are the Result of Natural Processes

April 19, 2012

A new USGS study found that streamflow characteristics critical to fish in the Tennessee River basin were estimated more accurately and precisely by a statistical model than a simulated hydrograph produced by a rainfall-runoff model.

April 6, 2012

ANCHORAGE — In the past two weeks, 9 polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea region near Barrow were observed with alopecia, or loss of fur, and other skin lesions. The animals were otherwise healthy in appearance and behavior. The cause and significance of the observed lesions are unknown.