Technical Announcements

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

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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.

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.

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.

Image: Brown Fracking Sand
February 27, 2018

Instead of requiring costly dredging to remove sediment buildup behind water reservoirs and diversions, sediment from reservoirs in the Missouri River Basin could actually be used as fracking proppant feedstock, also known as frac sand, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study

USGS' Brian Selck samples a private well in Lycoming County, PA
February 8, 2018

The reliability of arsenic testing for drinking water in Minnesota depends on how and when well water samples are collected, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey and the Minnesota Department of Health study, which highlights ways to improve the accuracy of arsenic tests for private wells.

Great Lakes
February 7, 2018

A new water-quality monitoring program, established by the U.S. Geological Survey, can provide scientists and managers with the best available data to help evaluate the health of Great Lakes ecosystems and improve water quality for recreation and commercial fishing.

Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts
January 25, 2018

Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study done in cooperation with the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program.