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Mother and young caribou on Yukon-Alaska border
August 9, 2015
A mother caribou and her offspring, east of Chicken, Alaska (on the Yukon-Alaska border).
July 2015 (approx.)
Residents and visitors both revel in Kauai’s lush landscape, and beneath its seascape. However, it’s underwater where things don’t look so healthy. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey put together a detailed picture of the physical environment of the coral reefs at Makua Beach. Understanding just what these reefs are exposed to and for how long, may help explain why some corals here have...
March 2015 (approx.)
The Hawaiian Islands’ beautiful ocean and beaches attract more than 8.5 million tourists each year. The USGS aims to help Hawaii preserve its underwater natural resources by tracing how oceanography may influence coral disease outbreaks. Looking into contaminants in the freshwater, or how quickly a bay may or may not flush, will help enrich future and past studies about the disease itself.
Canyonlands National Park as seen by Landsat 8
March 29, 2015
Canyonlands National Park was one of four national parks esatblished (1964) under the leadership of Interior Secretary Stewart Udall. Image, Landsat 8, 3/29/2015.
Eltanin Bay, West Antarctica_Landsat 8 OLI
March 2, 2015
Landsat 8 OLI image of retreating glacial ice near Eltanin Bay, West Antarctica
June 10, 2013
This presentation, "A mammal's take on the Rapture Hypothesis, Jacob's Ladder, and other notions of doom, gloom, and predictable uniform change in high elevation ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada", was conducted by Robert Klinger as a part of the Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series.
A large boulder-shaped Massive Starlet coral on the sea floor in Dry Tortugas National Park
May 2012 (approx.)
Scientists used a core from this Massive Starlet ( Siderastrea siderea ) coral colony in Dry Tortugas National Park to reconstruct ocean temperatures going back to 1837. Photo: USGS
A SCUBA diver beside a Massive starlet coral on the sea floor at Dry Tortugas National Park
May 2012 (approx.)
A USGS diver beside a Massive Starlet ( Siderastrea siderea ) coral colony in Dry Tortugas National Park. Scientists used a core from this coral to reconstruct ocean temperatures going back to 1837. Photo: USGS, May 2012
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Green USGS Logo
May 10, 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey is celebrating the success of three distinguished researchers who are recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest recognition granted by the United States government to scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers.

The use of irrigation water in California fields like this can be monitored by Landsat satellites.
April 29, 2016

As droughts rage and aquifers dwindle, people may wonder: Is there enough water to meet all our needs?  Landsat satellites are helping to answer that question.

Image shows a flood of water surrounded by mountains and ice.
April 27, 2016

Think glaciers are always slow? Think again!

Stream rushing through the woods
April 4, 2016

A new study offers hope for cold-water species in the face of climate change. The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, addresses a longstanding paradox between predictions of widespread extinctions of cold-water species and a general lack of evidence for those extinctions despite decades of recent climate change.

Image: View of Mount Rainier
April 4, 2016

Each summer the Northwest Climate Science Center hosts a weeklong Climate Boot Camp. The Boot Camp invites early career climate professionals from the Northwest and across the country get together to expand their knowledge and skills.

USGS science for a changing world logo
March 22, 2016

RESTON, Va. — A new public-private research collaboration supported by the U.S. Geological Survey will tackle how to best cope with the increasing droughts of the future.

California's hotter drought has already killed millions of trees, particularly in low-elevation forests.
March 22, 2016

California's hotter droughts are a preview of a warmer future world.