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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.

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Date published: October 25, 2017

New Database available: USGS Releases "Species of Greatest Conservation Need” Lists

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.

Date published: July 31, 2017

Mapping Public Lands in the United States

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.

Date published: June 6, 2017

USGS Bridging Generations with WWII Technology

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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Date published: June 27, 2016

ScienceCache

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...

Contacts: Tim Kern
Date published: June 27, 2016

Information Science Virtual Private Cloud (IS-VPC)

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

Contacts: Tim Kern
Date published: June 27, 2016

ScienceBase

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...

Date published: April 18, 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.

Date published: April 13, 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.

Date published: April 13, 2016

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)

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...

Date published: April 13, 2016
Status: Active

Advanced Research Computing (ARC)

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.

Date published: April 12, 2016

USGS Library

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.

Date published: April 8, 2016

Community for Data Integration (CDI)

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.

Date published: March 15, 2016

National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP)

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.

Date published: March 15, 2016

National Vegetation Classification Standard

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...

Date published: March 15, 2016
Status: Active

Gap Analysis Project (GAP)

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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Date published: January 26, 2018

Migrating Bird Survey Data Along the San Pedro River and its Tributaries, Southeastern Arizona, 1989-1994

The Arizona bird count data release includes a CSV file with survey and site location data, including latitudes and longitudes for each site location. All codes and acronyms from the data are defined in the metadata, with the exception of a list of 4 letter species acronyms for which there is a key included as an attachment on the ScienceBase page.

Date published: 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.

Date published: 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...

Date published: 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. 

Date published: 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.

Date published: 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.

Date published: 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.

Date published: 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.

Date published: 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....

Date published: 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.

Date published: 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....

Date published: 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.

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Date published: April 21, 2016

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)

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

Date published: April 21, 2016

Gap Analysis Project (GAP) Protected Areas Viewer

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.

Date published: April 21, 2016

Gap Analysis Project (GAP) Land Cover Viewer

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.

Date published: April 21, 2016

Gap Analysis Project (GAP) Species Viewer

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.

Date published: April 21, 2016

National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) National Assessment Results Viewer

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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Date published: May 14, 2018

Software to Process and Preserve Legacy Magnetotelluric Data

Software to Process and Preserve Legacy Magnetotelluric Data from circa 1990 truck-mounted cross power and time series files in ASCII format.

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Date published: October 25, 2017

New Database available: USGS Releases "Species of Greatest Conservation Need” Lists

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.

Date published: July 31, 2017

Mapping Public Lands in the United States

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.

Date published: June 6, 2017

USGS Bridging Generations with WWII Technology

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.

Date published: August 4, 2016

New Protected Area Database (PAD-US) Released

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

Date published: March 24, 2016

More Science at Your Fingertips

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.

Date published: May 19, 2015

Pollinators Get a National Strategy to Restore Their Health

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