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Date published: December 20, 2010

Science Can Help American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Governments Manage Land and Resources

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. 

Date published: October 14, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Recognizes USGS and its Collaborators with Partners in Conservation Awards

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...

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: October 1, 2010

Global Consortium of Space Agencies to Meet at USGS

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.

Date published: September 27, 2010

USGS Mapping Places High at IMTA Awards Competition

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.

Date published: September 17, 2010

Half Million Dollars in Grants Available to Universities to Map the Nation

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.

Date published: September 16, 2010

Raptor Gains Honorable Mention in Government Computer News Award Competition

Raptor, the new search engine of the USGS-National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), has just been recognized and honored as one of ten 2010 Honorable Mention Winners in the 23rd Annual Government Computer News Awards for Outstanding Information Technology Achievement in Government.

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: August 9, 2010

Potential Contributions of Phosphorus to Streams in the Southeastern United States from Natural Geologic Sources and Mined Areas

Identifying watersheds with naturally occurring geologic sources of phosphorus will be easier with the release of a new map by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: July 14, 2010

New Science Helps Gauge Carbon Storage Potential of U.S. Lands and Waters

A draft methodology to assess the potential to store carbon dioxide (CO2) in ecosystems, as well as the reduction of greenhouse gas fluxes from ecosystems, has been proposed and is open for public comments.

Date published: July 6, 2010

New Method to Gauge Nation’s CO2 Storage Potential

A new methodology to assess the nation's potential to store carbon dioxide (CO2) is available.

Date published: July 6, 2010

25,000 Maps...and Counting

In response to the need for updated topographic maps, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed and made available a new national map series called the US Topo. Production of these maps began in earnest in June 2009. In a little over a year, the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has published more than 25,000 7.5-minute cells. 

Date published: June 29, 2010

Finding Imagery of Disasters Gets Graphic

After a major disaster, a satellite image or a collection of aerial photographs is frequently the fastest, most effective way to determine the scope and severity of the event. With that goal, the USGS operates the Hazard Data Distribution System (HDDS) to process and deliver satellite and aerial imagery in near-real time during natural or human-caused disasters.

Date published: June 21, 2010

Fish Mercury Concentrations Decrease in the 1970s and 80s; Recent Trends Show Variation

A recent U.S. Geological Survey study examined a compilation of state and federal fish-monitoring data for trends in mercury levels in fish from 1969 to 2005 in U.S. rivers and lakes.