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CSAS&L synthesizes and delivers Earth system data and information. We strive to accelerate research and decision making through data science, information delivery, advanced computing and biodiversity analytics. CSAS&L has developed a Five Year Science Strategy that outlines our organization's goals, research questions, and strategic activities.

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Biodiversity Science

Focusing on a landscape-level understanding of terrestrial, aquatic & marine species & ecosystems, through development & integration of synthesized data systems to conduct biodiversity assessments at regional to national scales.

Data Management and Research Computing Capabilities

Provides high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities & expertise to USGS scientists for the acceleration and expansion of scientific discovery. Offers tools and best practices to support USGS open data requirements.

News

Picture of a green heron
October 25, 2017

The USGS announces the release of the Species of Greatest Conservation Need national database. The SGCN lists are part of the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) process and identify the species most in need of conservation action in that state or territory. In total, 16,420 species have been included in the SGCN national list.

Bryce Canyon National Park - one of 200,000 units in PAD-US.
July 31, 2017

The Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) is the official inventory of public parks and other protected areas in all U.S. states and territories.

The Bathythermograph
June 6, 2017

On June 6, 1944, thousands of men rained down from the skies onto the battlegrounds of Normandy. After five grueling years of war that shook the globe, D-Day’s victory swept the Allied nations into a wave of celebration.

The CSAS&L research and activities cover four key science themes – Biodiversity Science, Applied Research Computing, Library and Information Science, and Human Dimensions – and one holistic, comprehensive theme – Data Science – from the confluence and fusion of these fully realized science themes.

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ScienceCache screen shot.
Date Published: June 27, 2016

Working with the Northern Rockies Science Center, the Information Science Branch designed and developed ScienceCache, a scientific geocaching mobile application framework. Initially developed for citizen science data collection, the application was extended to work for any field data collection effort. The lead researcher controls the data collection route, collection forms, and data...

ISB Cloud image.
Date Published: June 27, 2016

The Information Science Branch developed a set of performance, security, and resiliency models to evaluate information architectures optimized for cloud hosting solutions.

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Date Published: June 27, 2016

The Information Science Branch provides Agile project management, technical oversight, software research and development, and architectural support to the USGS ScienceBase project. ScienceBase provides a number of features that scientists can use to build data collections, share data through web services, and ensure these data are preserved for use by future researchers. The project involves...

Screenshot of the USGS Science Data Catalog
Date Published: April 18, 2016

The USGS Science Data Catalog serves as a single access point for public USGS scientific datasets and as a conduit to external catalogs in response to Federal Open Data requirements. The SDC allows the public to access USGS datasets through text and GIS-based search; topical browse, and keyword, mission area, data source, and scientist faceting.

Screenshot for OBIS-USA Search Tool
Date Published: April 13, 2016

OBIS-USA is the US Node of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System, providing the collection and distribution point to OBIS of marine biogeographic records in U.S. waters or collected with U.S. funding. Using the Darwin Core standard, OBIS-USA integrates and makes accessible data on marine species presence, absence, and abundance to aid scientists, resource managers, and decisions makers.

A screenshot of BISON website
Date Published: April 13, 2016

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) is a web-based resource for species occurrence data in the U.S. and its Territories. BISON holds over 250 million species occurrence records, encompassing most living species found in the United States, from a broad array of sources, including museums, monitoring programs, research studies, citizen science projects and peer-reviewed...

ARC’s “Yeti” compute cluster offers USGS researchers access to 1576 cores with a total performance of ~27 Tflop/s
Date Published: April 13, 2016

The ARC activity’s mission is to provide high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities and expertise to USGS scientists for the acceleration and expansion of scientific discovery. Machine access, training workshops, and project consultations are provided to USGS researches in need of these advanced computing capabilities.

Image: Treasures of the USGS Library: Rare Book Room
Date Published: April 12, 2016

The USGS Library, managed by CSAS&L, supports all fundamental scientific research conducted within USGS. It serves both internal and external customers with comprehensive access to literature, data, and information necessary understand USGS mission areas and make critical decisions about how to proceed with research initiatives and investigations in the earth and natural sciences.

Magnifying glass highlighting text Community for Data Integration
Date Published: April 8, 2016

The CDI is a collaboration of USGS scientists, data managers, policy experts, and other organizations that promote data integration capabilities and data management best practices. It is an instrumental community of practice for leveraging expertise and resources to test new technologies and institutionalize best practices.

National Fish Habitat Partnership logo
Date Published: March 15, 2016

The mission of NFHP is to protect, restore and enhance the nation's fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people. To fulfill the mission, science-based assessments are conducted. Results and data are accessible in the USGS developed “Through a Fish’s Eye” report and NFHP Data System.

California landscape with outlined vegetation classes
Date Published: March 15, 2016

The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) is your guide to inventorying natural and cultural vegetation communities. Its standard allows users to produce uniform statistics about vegetation resources across the nation at local, regional, or national levels. CSAS&L actively participates in the development of this important standard through our involvement with the FGDC Vegetation...

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Date Published: March 15, 2016

GAP provides data to assess effects of land management by providing information on where species and natural communities occur and how they are being managed. "Gap analysis" assesses how well we are protecting common plants and animals by identifying the degree to which animal species and plant communities are under-represented on protected lands such as parks and refuges.

CSAS&L develops and maintains a broad suite of tools related to terrestrial and aquatic data systems, along with more generalized tools to support data management needs in USGS. Tools to aid USGS researchers in their metadata creation, data and publication delivery (i.e. Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Creation Tool), and a catalog of USGS data have been developed.

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The Little Missouri River, flood plain
October 17, 2017

Shapefiles and Historical Aerial Photographs, Little Missouri River, 1939-2003

The data archive contains the aerial photographs and channel delineations used in our analysis. The images have been geo-referenced to the 1995 digital orthophoto quarter quadrangles as described by Miller and Friedman (2009). The channel delineations for all photo years (including 2003) and the delineation of the outer flood-plain boundary are stored as shapefiles.

USGS Dam Removal Information Portal (DRIP) Screenshot
October 31, 2016

USGS Dam Removal Information Portal (DRIP)

The Dam Removal Information Portal is a Web site that serves information about the scientific studies associated with dam-removal projects. It is a visualization tool, including a map and interactive charts, of a dam-removal literature review designed and developed by a working group at the USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis (Bellmore and others, 2015).

ITIS logo tree of species
April 18, 2016

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

ITIS is the authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. We are a partnership of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican agencies (ITIS-North America); other organizations; and taxonomic specialists. ITIS data is used in thousands of databases in industry, academia and government. 

Screenshot of GAP Program's Species Viewer
April 12, 2016

GAP Species Data

The GAP Species Viewer provides nation-wide range maps and distribution models for amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles occurring in the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. These kinds of maps and data are fundamental to assessing patterns of species richness and planning for the management of the nation's biological diversity.

Screenshot of a sample record from Biocomplexity Thesaurus
April 12, 2016

Biocomplexity Thesaurus

The Biocomplexity Thesaurus is an online resource supporting terms in a 'broader than' and 'narrower than' structure in ecological and biological sciences.

Screenshot of the GAP National Land Cover Data Viewer
April 12, 2016

GAP National Land Cover Data

The GAP National Land Cover Data Viewer provides detailed, consistent maps of vegetation and land-use patterns for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Knowledge about which types of vegetation occur across the country helps facilitate the planning and management of biological diversity on a regional and national scale.

Screenshot of PAD-US map viewer
April 12, 2016

GAP Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US)

The GAP Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) Viewer provides a spatially explicit inventory that lets any user – from the general public to professional land managers – explore the protected areas network anywhere in the United States and allows them to easily use this inventory in conservation, land management, planning, recreation and other uses.

Screenshot for OBIS-USA Search Tool
April 12, 2016

Ocean Biogeographic Information System USA (OBIS-USA)

OBIS-USA is the US Node of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System, providing the collection and distribution point to OBIS of marine biogeographic records in U.S. waters or collected with U.S. funding. Using the Darwin Core standard, OBIS-USA integrates and makes accessible data on marine species presence, absence, and abundance to aid scientists, resource managers, and decisions makers.

Screenshot of NFHP National Assessment Results Viewer
April 11, 2016

National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) Data System

Data and web services from NFHP’s 2010 and 2015 assessments of streams and estuaries, as well as other data contributed by Fish Habitat Partnerships, are available for download and use via the NFHP Data System. The results of the national assessment can also be viewed online using the National Assessment Results Viewer.

Icons: Gov't building w/ page in front reads National List, U.S. map, magnifying glass for Scientific or Common Name search
April 11, 2016

Species of Greatest Conservation Need Analysis Tool - State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)

Mandated by Congress, all states and U.S. territories must develop a State Wildlife Action Plan every ten years, outlining the steps that are needed for conservation in their state or territory before wildlife and habitats become too rare or costly to restore. The Species Conservation Analysis Tool provides a national look at Species of Greatest Conservation Need as reported in those plans.

DRW icons for FGDC-compliant Metadata, DOI Number, IPDS Record  Number, USGS Dataset  Repository, Science Data Catalog
April 11, 2016

Data Release Workbench

The USGS Data Release Workbench provides a user-friendly view of USGS data release requirements, in line with with Federal Open Data and Open Access goals, and allows USGS researchers to track progress toward releasing their data.

Screenshot of the USGS Science Data Catalog
April 8, 2016

USGS Science Data Catalog

The USGS Science Data Catalog serves as a single access point for public USGS scientific datasets and as a conduit to external catalogs in response to Federal Open Data requirements. The SDC allows the public to access USGS datasets through text and GIS-based search; topical browse, and keyword, mission area, data source, and scientist faceting.

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BISON map of mountain maple (Acer spicatum) occurrences layer overplayed with climate and weather layer.
April 21, 2016

A web-based map viewer allowing users to search, view and download species occurrence data from BISON.

Screenshot of PAD-US map viewer
April 21, 2016

The GAP Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) Viewer provides a spatially explicit inventory that lets any user – from the general public to professional land managers – explore the protected areas network anywhere in the United States and allows them to easily use this inventory in conservation, land management, planning, recreation and other uses.

Screenshot for OBIS-USA Search Tool
April 21, 2016

The OBIS-USA Data Dashboard offers multiple ways to discover, determine suitability for use, and obtain marine biological occurrence data, collected primarily from U.S. Waters or with U.S. funding. It assists users with maps, graphs, tables, and links to metadata while searching. Users can explore the data by geography, taxon, or individual dataset.

Screenshot of the GAP National Land Cover Data Viewer
April 21, 2016

The GAP National Land Cover Data Viewer provides detailed, consistent maps of vegetation and land-use patterns for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Knowledge about which types of vegetation occur across the country helps facilitate the planning and management of biological diversity on a regional and national scale.

Screenshot of GAP Program's Species Viewer
April 21, 2016

The GAP Species Viewer provides nation-wide range maps and distribution models for amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles occurring in the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. These kinds of maps and data are fundamental to assessing patterns of species richness and planning for the management of the nation's biological diversity.

Screenshot of NFHP National Assessment Results Viewer
April 21, 2016

The viewer allows exploring the condition of stream and coastal habitats across the country at various spatial scales, reported in Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2010. It offers a variety of base maps and provides one-click access to more detailed information on landscape disturbances and habitat scores for individual stream catchments.

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Picture of a green heron
October 25, 2017

The USGS announces the release of the Species of Greatest Conservation Need national database. The SGCN lists are part of the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) process and identify the species most in need of conservation action in that state or territory. In total, 16,420 species have been included in the SGCN national list.

The Bathythermograph
June 6, 2017

On June 6, 1944, thousands of men rained down from the skies onto the battlegrounds of Normandy. After five grueling years of war that shook the globe, D-Day’s victory swept the Allied nations into a wave of celebration.

: Screen shot of the updated Protected Areas Database of the U.S. geodatabase viewer, showing the “Protected Areas by Public Acc
August 4, 2016

Updated national geospatial inventory of public parks and open space lands features greater coverage and accuracy

Screenshot of the SDC homepage
March 24, 2016

The USGS Science Data Catalog (SDC) recently completed and launched a new and improved interface, making USGS data more accessible and discoverable for users. The USGS SDC is a searchable public data catalog for more than 7,000 USGS data assets and 20 USGS collections.

Small bees that don’t bother or sting us can remain unstudied despite their abundance. Our eyes can’t resolve the differences in
May 19, 2015

Small bees that don’t bother or sting us can remain unstudied despite their abundance. 

CSAS&L partners with a number of federal, state, University, and non-profit organizations to carry out its mission and objectives. A few such organizations are listed below.

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