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USGS researcher gets ready to take water samples in the Yukon River Basin
2015 (approx.)
Charles Couvillion (USGS Alaska Science Center) at Pilot Station, AK, getting ready to take water samples and discharge measurements for a permafrost study in the Yukon River Basin.
2015 (approx.)
Heading out to take water chemistry samples for a study on permafrost in the Yukon River Basin. The study examined the chemical and hydrological changes occurring in the basin due to permafrost loss.
USGS staff dig snowpits to evaluate the snow structure after a wet snow avalanche cycle.
2015 (approx.)
USGS staff dig snowpits to evaluate the snow structure after a wet snow avalanche cycle. This helps identify weak layers responsible for wet slab avalanches along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
Packrats and Their Midden
2015 (approx.)
Packrats near their midden in the City of Rocks National Reserve. USGS Image (J. Betancourt).
Collecting permafrost information on the Tahana River
2015 (approx.)
David Pelunis-Messier and Milton Roberts navigating on the Tanana River, a main tributary of the Yukon River. The two are taking part in the Yukon River permafrost study.
USGS scientist Layne Adams places a radiocollar on a sedated large bull caribou in Denali National Park, Alaska
2015 (approx.)
USGS scientist Layne Adams places a radiocollar on a sedated large bull caribou in Denali National Park, Alaska.
2015 (approx.)
Jay Hootch, former employee of Yupitt of Andreafski, drills to take winter chemistry samples to be used in a permafrost loss study in the Yukon River Basin.
SCUBA Diver Collects Corals for Paleoclimate
2015 (approx.)
A USGS SCUBA Diver Collects a Core from a Coral Using a Hydraulic Drilling System in the U.S. Virgin Islands. USGS Image (I. Kuffner).
Satellite image of lithium mining in Salar de Atacama, Chile
December 30, 2015
The Salar de Atacama in Chile is a large, dry salt flat surrounded by mountain ranges and is one of the driest places on Earth. Parts of the Atacama Desert have gone without rain for as long as people have been keeping track, but water rich in dissolved salts lies beneath this flat surface. The Salar is particularly rich in lithium salts.
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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.

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March 15, 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey and the European Space Agency (ESA) have established an innovative partnership to enable USGS storage and redistribution of Earth observation data acquired by Copernicus program satellites.

Image: Wildfire and Alaskan Permafrost
March 14, 2016

USGS scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Alaska Fairbanks, have mapped belowground permafrost in areas of Alaska that have been affected by wildfire, years-to-decades after the fires occurred.