Technical Announcements

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

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March 8, 2012

A new model predicts that atrazine, plus its breakdown product deethylatrazine, has less than a 10 percent chance of exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for public drinking-water supplies in shallow groundwater in about 95 percent of the nation’s agricultural areas. Atrazine is a commonly used herbicide for weed control in corn and sorghum production. 

February 27, 2012

Waterfowl in California can spread low pathogenic avian influenza viruses during summertime when wetland temperatures are warm and waterfowl densities are low, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

January 25, 2012

Streamflow characteristics critical for fish communities in the Tennessee River basin have been identified, according to recently published U.S. Geological Survey research.  Of particular note are three which describe the stability of streamflow, frequency of moderate streamflow, and the rate at which streamflow recedes after rainfall events.

January 24, 2012

New research on mineral resources important to our economy, national security, and land-use decisions has been funded by more than $260,000 in grants from the U.S. Geological Survey. 

January 9, 2012

OrbView-3 satellite images collected around the world between 2003 and 2007 by Orbital Imaging Corporation (now GeoEye) at up to one-meter resolution can now be downloaded at no cost through USGS EarthExplorer. 

December 22, 2010

Two universities received $103,000 in minerals research grants from the U.S. Geological Survey.  These research projects on mineral resources are important to our economy, national security, and land-use decisions.  The principal investigators and a brief description of each of the successful proposals are provided below.

December 20, 2010

American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments face environmental challenges in managing their land and natural resources. For example, climate change predictions indicate increased probability for more frequent and severe droughts in the Southwestern U.S., impacting the Navajo Nation. 

October 27, 2010

With $800,000 spread across six categories, the 2011 NSDI CAP will award an estimated 21 innovative projects in the geospatial data community. The goals of the awarded projects will be to develop partnerships and to build new and improve existing geospatial infrastructure necessary to effectively discover, access, share, manage and use geospatial assets.

October 14, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar selected four U.S. Geological Survey programs and their collaborators to receive a Partners in Conservation Award — The Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council-USGS Water Quality Monitoring Program...

October 1, 2010

The U.S. Geological Survey will host the 24th Secretariat and Board meetings of the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters in Washington, D.C. on October 4-7, 2010.

September 27, 2010

USGS mapping, and in particular, the history, richness and diversity of topographic mapping, was recently recognized and honored at the 2010 International Map and Trade Association Conference at Washington D.C.

September 17, 2010

Universities are encouraged to compete for grants from the U.S. Geological Survey’s EDMAP education program, which is offering $571,212 in funding to help produce geologic maps for the nation. Maximum funds available per project include $17,500 for graduate projects and $10,000 for undergraduate projects.