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Year Published: 2013

U.S. Geological Survey core science systems strategy: characterizing, synthesizing, and understanding the critical zone through a modular science framework

Core Science Systems is a new mission of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that resulted from the 2007 Science Strategy, "Facing Tomorrow's Challenges: U.S. Geological Survey Science in the Decade 2007-2017." This report describes the Core Science Systems vision and outlines a strategy to facilitate integrated characterization and understanding of...

Bristol, R. Sky; Euliss, Ned H.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Burkardt, Nina; Diffendorfer, Jay E.; Gesch, Dean B.; McCallum, Brian E.; Miller, David M.; Morman, Suzette A.; Poore, Barbara S.; Signell, Richard P.; Viger, Roland J.
U.S. Geological Survey core science systems strategy: characterizing, synthesizing, and understanding the critical zone through a modular science framework; 2013; CIR; 1383-B; Bristol, R. Sky; Euliss, Ned H., Jr.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Burkardt, Nina; Diffendorfer, Jay E.; Gesch, Dean B.; McCallum, Brian E.; Miller, David M.; Morman, Suzette A.; Poore, Barbara S.; Signell, Richard P.; Viger, Roland J.

Year Published: 2013

Integrating stations from the North America Gravity Database into a local GPS-based land gravity survey

The ability to augment local gravity surveys with additional gravity stations from easily accessible national databases can greatly increase the areal coverage and spatial resolution of a survey. It is, however, necessary to integrate such data seamlessly with the local survey. One challenge to overcome in integrating data from national databases...

Shoberg, Thomas G.; Stoddard, Paul R.
Integrating stations from the North America Gravity Database into a local GPS-based land gravity survey; 2013; Article; Journal; Journal of Applied Geophysics; Shoberg, Thomas G.; Stoddard, Paul R.

Year Published: 2013

US Topo–A new national map series, 2012 update

The U.S. Geological Survey's Larry Moore provides an update on the US Topo effort, the Survey’s general purpose, digital, quadrangle map series. He outlines the successes thus far and the obstacles still ahead in 2013.

Moore, Laurence R.
US Topo–A new national map series, 2012 update; 2013; Article; Journal; Directions Magazine; Moore, Laurence R.

Year Published: 2013

Spatial Relation Predicates in Topographic Feature Semantics

Topographic data are designed and widely used for base maps of diverse applications, yet the power of these information sources largely relies on the interpretive skills of map readers and relational database expert users once the data are in map or geographic information system (GIS) form. Advances in geospatial semantic technology offer data...

Varanka, Dalia E.; Caro, Holly K.

Year Published: 2013

Rejuvenating Pre-GPS era geophysical surveys using The National Map

Old geophysical surveys [pre–Global Positioning System (GPS)] stand as valuable, largely untapped sources of scientific data. If data from these surveys were in a format that had reasonable accuracy, availability, and ease of access, they could be more widely used. In this paper, a pre-GPS survey is integrated into a modern geographic database, in...

Finn, Michael P.; Shoberg, Thomas G.; Stoddard, Paul
Rejuvenating Pre-GPS era geophysical surveys using The National Map; 2013; Article; Journal; Journal of Surveying Engineering; Finn, Michael P;Shoberg, Thomas G;Paul Stoddard

Year Published: 2012

Lidar base specification

In late 2009, a $14.3 million allocation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for new light detection and ranging (lidar) elevation data acquisition prompted the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Program (NGP) to develop a common minimum specification for all lidar data acquired for The National Map. Released as a...

Heidemann, Hans Karl
Heidemann, Hans Karl, 2018, Lidar base specification (ver. 1.3, February 2018): U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 11, chap. B4, 101 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm11b4.

Year Published: 2012

Digital Mapping Techniques '10-Workshop Proceedings, Sacramento, California, May 16-19, 2010

The Digital Mapping Techniques '10 (DMT'10) workshop was attended by 110 technical experts from 40 agencies, universities, and private companies, including representatives from 19 State geological surveys (see Appendix A). This workshop, hosted by the California Geological Survey, May 16-19, 2010, in Sacramento, California, was similar in nature...

Soller, David R.; Soller, David R.
Digital Mapping Techniques '10-Workshop Proceedings, Sacramento, California, May 16-19, 2010; 2012; OFR; 2012-1171; Edited by Soller, David R.

Year Published: 2012

Introduction to geospatial semantics and technology workshop handbook

The workshop is a tutorial on introductory geospatial semantics with hands-on exercises using standard Web browsers. The workshop is divided into two sections, general semantics on the Web and specific examples of geospatial semantics using data from The National Map of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Open Ontology Repository. The general...

Varanka, Dalia E.
Introduction to geospatial semantics and technology workshop handbook; 2012; OFR; 2012-1109; Varanka, Dalia E.

Year Published: 2012

Core Science Systems--Mission overview

The Core Science Systems Mission Area delivers nationally focused Earth systems and information science that provides fundamental research and data that underpins all Mission Areas of the USGS, the USGS Science Strategy, and Presidential, Secretarial, and societal priorities. —Kevin T. Gallagher, Associate Director, Core Science Systems The...

Gallagher, Kevin T.
Core Science Systems--Mission overview; 2012; FS; 2012-3009; Gallagher, Kevin T.

Year Published: 2012

User's guide for mapIMG 3--Map image re-projection software package

Version 0.0 (1995), Dan Steinwand, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)/Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center (EDC)--Version 0.0 was a command line version for UNIX that required four arguments: the input metadata, the output metadata, the input data file, and the output destination path. Version 1.0 (2003), Stephen Posch and Michael P....

Finn, Michael P.; Mattli, David M.
User's guide for mapIMG 3--Map image re-projection software package; 2012; OFR; 2011-1306; Finn, Michael P.; Mattli, David M.

Year Published: 2012

The use of U.S. Geological Survey digital geospatial data products for science research

The development of geographic information system (GIS) transformed the practice of geographic science research. The availability of low-cost, reliable data by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) supported the advance of GIS in the early stages of the transition to digital technology. To estimate the extent of the scientific use of USGS digital...

Varanka, Dalia E.; Deering, Carol; Caro, Holly

Year Published: 2011

Remote sensing of soil moisture using airborne hyperspectral data

Landscape assessment of soil moisture is critical to understanding the hydrological cycle at the regional scale and in broad-scale studies of biophysical processes affected by global climate changes in temperature and precipitation. Traditional efforts to measure soil moisture have been principally restricted to in situ measurements, so...

Finn, Michael P.; Lewis, Mark (David); Bosch, David D.; Giraldo, Mario; Yamamoto, Kristina H.; Sullivan, Dana G.; Kincaid, Russell; Luna, Ronaldo; Allam, Gopala Krishna; Kvien, Craig; Williams, Michael S.

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Lidar point cloud of wind turbines in Kansas
December 31, 2017

Lidar point cloud of wind turbines in Kansas

Lidar point cloud of wind turbines in Kansas

Bismarck, ND DEM
December 31, 2017

Bismarck, ND DEM

Bismarck, ND DEM- inverted blue color ramp.

Lidar point cloud of wind turbines in Texas
December 31, 2017

Lidar point cloud of wind turbines in Texas

Lidar point cloud of wind turbines in Texas- QL2 data. Turbines were spinning as data was being collected.

3D rendering Great Sand Dunes
December 31, 2017

3D rendering Great Sand Dunes

3D rendering of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, from 3DEP DEMs

Lidar point cloud of wind turbines in Washington
December 31, 2017

Lidar point cloud of wind turbines in Washington

Lidar point cloud of wind turbines in Washington- QL 2 data

Lidar point cloud- Pittsburgh, PA
December 31, 2017

Lidar point cloud- Pittsburgh, PA

Lidar point cloud- Pittsburgh, PA

Lidar point cloud of the Statue of Liberty
December 31, 2017

Lidar point cloud of the Statue of Liberty

Lidar point cloud of the Statue of Liberty

Lidar point cloud of Rio Grande River
December 31, 2017

Lidar point cloud of Rio Grande River

Lidar point cloud of Rio Grande River- El Paso, TX

3D view of Zion National Park DEM
December 31, 2017

3D view of Zion National Park DEM

3D view of Zion National Park DEM

3D view of Zion National Park DEM
December 31, 2017

3D view of Zion National Park DEM

3D view of Zion National Park DEM

Lidar point cloud of St Louis, MO
December 31, 2017

Lidar point cloud of St Louis, MO

Lidar point cloud of St Louis, MO

3D rendering outside Boulder, CO
December 31, 2017

3D rendering outside Boulder, CO

3D rendering outside Boulder, CO. Overlay of 3DEP DEM and ortho imagery

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Date published: July 13, 2017

USGS represented at the International Cartographic Conference

Recently, representatives from the USGS National Geospatial Program and National Geospatial Technical Operations Center participated in the 2017 International Cartographic Conference in Washington, DC.

Date published: July 12, 2017

Mapping Volunteers in the Spotlight

As the USGS continues to celebrate “Mapping Month”, we again promote noteworthy contributors to The National Map Corps “crowdsourcing” project.

Date published: July 11, 2017

USGS Topo Base Map Updates

An updated “USGS Topo Base Map” service named “USGS Topo” includes some new design changes and refreshed data content.

Date published: July 6, 2017

Volunteering for Science

The National Map Corps recognizes major volunteers to national mapping efforts

Date published: July 5, 2017

Finding Yourself Outdoors

Updated USGS digital topographic maps feature more trails and other recreation points of interest

Date published: July 3, 2017

Mapping Month

Everything happens at a place, the place matters, and the USGS has the science of place.

Date published: June 8, 2017

Mapping Challenge: Illinois Post Offices

The National Map Corps is requesting volunteer assistance to verify Post Office information in Illinois

Date published: June 1, 2017

As Hurricane Season Opens, USGS Is Ready

Scientists work in the field before, during and after landfall to improve forecasting and recovery.

 

 

Date published: May 4, 2017

Introducing the NHDPlus High Resolution: A new framework for water-related information

Great strides made toward a national hydrography framework with release of the initial USGS NHDPlus High Resolution datasets.

Date published: April 17, 2017

Mineral Discovery Could Mean Billions for Michigan

For more than two decades, researchers, geologists, and investors had no idea they were standing above tremendous wealth. Thousands of feet deep beneath the surface of western Michigan, a potential multibillion-dollar potash deposit was discovered. Potash—a mineral salt containing high levels of potassium—is an ingredient in fertilizer essential for growing crops.

Date published: March 30, 2017

Online Training on Using The National Map Products and Services

More than two dozen short videos on mastering USGS geospatial tools now available