Data and Tools

Science Datasets

The data collected and the techniques used by USGS scientists should conform to or reference national and international standards and protocols if they exist and when they are relevant and appropriate. For datasets of a given type, and if national or international metadata standards exist, the data are indexed with metadata that facilitates access and integration.

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Landscape Intactness for the Western US
February 2, 2017

A Multiscale Index of Landscape Intactness for the Western United States

Landscape intactness has been defined as a quantifiable estimate of naturalness measured on a gradient of anthropogenic influence. We developed a multiscale index of landscape intactness for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) landscape approach, which requires multiple scales of information to quantify the cumulative effects of land use.

MCS 2017 cover
January 31, 2017

Minerals Information Periodicals and Data Products

Periodical publications that provide statistical data on production, distribution, stocks, and consumption of significant mineral commodities. Information on minerals-related issues, including minerals conservation, sustainability, availability, materials flow, and the economic health of the U.S. minerals industry is also available.

USGS: Science for a changing world
January 27, 2017

2016 Known and Probable Grizzly Bear Mortalities in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Identifying the locations and causes of grizzly bear mortality is another key component in understanding the dynamics of this population. Over 80% of all documented bear mortalities are human-caused. Tracking human-caused bear deaths helps define patterns and trends that can direct management programs designed to reduce bear mortality.

Map showing regions of the country that are included in the tool for Tracking the Source and Quantity of Nutrients to the Nation
January 17, 2017

Tracking the Source and Quantity of Nutrients to the Nation's Estuaries and Great Lakes

Access maps of watershed nutrient contributions to the Nation's Estuaries and Great Lakes

Pesticide Use Map clip
January 17, 2017

Estimated Annual Agricultural Pesticide Use

View the geographic distribution of estimated use of numerous pesticides on agricultural land in the conterminous United States. A graph accompanies each map, which shows annual national use by major crop for the mapped pesticide for each year during the period. 

Water quality sampling, Sope Creek near Atlanta, Georgia.
January 17, 2017

​Tracking Water Quality of the Nation's Rivers and Streams

An online graphical data tool provides annual summaries of nutrient and sediment concentrations and loads and streamflow information for 106 sites monitored as part of the USGS National Water-Quality Network for Streams and Rivers.

Woody plant species growing on a sand dune along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon.
January 3, 2017

DATA RELEASE - Community-level riparian plant traits, Colorado River, Grand Canyon, 2013-2015

Data were compiled based on field observations and available literature. Field data were collected on sandbars along the Colorado River through Grand Canyon between river miles 0 and 226 and included plant cover and trait measurements. Plant height and photosynthetic pathway were gleaned from the literature. Trait values were converted to a community-level value.

Close-up of prickly pear flower that is fully open.
January 2, 2017

DATA RELEASE - Population Attributes Red Eared Slider Japan

These data are compiled from published studies of various subspecies of the slider turtle (Trachemys scripta) from throughout the native range of the species in the United States. Data include sample sizes of adult male and female turtles as well as various estimates of their body size.

USGS researcher on small boat holding the end of a net used to capture insects in the water.
January 2, 2017

DATA RELEASE - Stream Drift Sampling in Arizona, 2014

Data were compiled from field drift collections and from a meta-analysis of published drift literature. Field data were collected in 2014 from the Colorado River downstream of Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona. Data represent flow meter measurements taken at the mouth and adjacent to a drift net, and suspended solids concentrations collected by the drift net, over varying net deployment durations.

An individual native dryland bunchgrass species surrounded by sandy soil.
December 2, 2016

DATA RELEASE - Experimental Design Plant and Soil Measurement Data, Colorado Plateau, 2011

These plant and soil data were collected by Timothy M. Wertin and Sasha C. Reed in the spring, summer, and fall of 2011 at a climate manipulation experiment site near Moab, UT (38.521411, -109.470567). These data were collected to assess how warming affects leaf photosynthesis, soil CO2 efflux, and soil chemistry in plots of ambient and warming treatments.

Screenshot from the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System (CMGDS)
December 1, 2016

CMGDS: Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System

A single point of access for all geoscience data published by the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP).

Screenshot from the Geo Data Portal
December 1, 2016

USGS Geo Data Portal

The USGS Geo Data Portal (GDP) project provides scientists and environmental resource managers access to downscaled climate projections and other data resources that are otherwise difficult to access and manipulate. This user interface demonstrates an example implementation of the GDP project web-service software and standards-based data integration strategy.