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Getting the Shot
February 18, 2016

Getting the Shot

USGS scientist shoots a repeat photograph of Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park to illustrate glacial recession due to impacts of climate change.

Hawaiian volcanoes, image of the week
February 9, 2016

Hawaiian volcanoes, image of the week

Three images showing Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes on the island of Hawaii; 2016 satellite image mosaic

Collecting permafrost information on the Tahana River
December 31, 2015

Collecting permafrost information on the Tahana River

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. 

Agriculture, Canterbury Plains, New Zealand, Landsat 2015
December 31, 2015

Landsat image shows agricultural development, Canterbury, NZ

Variously shaped fields of crops decorate the rich Canterbury Plains on New Zealand's South Island. This 2015 Landsat image shows the farmland abutting the  Waimakariri River that winds down toward the city of Christchurch and ultimately the Pacific Ocean.

Researcher takes winter water chemistry samples on the Yukon River
December 31, 2015

Researcher takes winter water chemistry samples on the Yukon River

Researcher Carol Hasburgh taking winter water chemistry samples on the Yukon River for a permafrost loss study. 

Scientist collects samples from a temporary wooden platform in a New Jersey salt marsh
December 31, 2015

USGS scientist collects samples in a New Jersey salt marsh

Caption: USGS scientist Zafer Defne measures water and sediment movement at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey. Defne is co-author with USGS' Neil Ganju of a 2017 study on how to estimate coastal salt marshes' potential longevity, based on their sediment budgets and the ratio of open water to vegetation. Photo: Sandra Brosnahan, USGS

Whitefish drying on a fish rack in Pilot Station, AK
December 31, 2015

Whitefish drying on a fish rack in Pilot Station, AK

Whitefish drying on a fish rack in Pilot Station, AK, in the Yukon River Basin. 

USGS researcher gets ready to take water samples in the Yukon River Basin
December 31, 2015

USGS researcher gets ready to take water samples in the Yukon River Ba

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.   

December 31, 2015

Permafrost Study in the Yukon River Basin

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. 
 

December 31, 2015

Permafrost Study in the Yukon River Basin

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.
December 31, 2015

USGS staff dig snowpits to evaluate the snow structure.

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.

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Date published: April 10, 2015

Climate Change May Pose Substantial Future Risk to Sagebrush Habitat in Southwestern Wyoming

Sioux Falls, SD. — Climate change may pose a substantial future risk for sagebrush habitat in southwestern Wyoming, and thus adversely affect the regional summer habitat and nesting areas of sage-grouse, according to a new study by the United States Geological Survey.

Date published: March 11, 2015

Climate Change, Coastal Tribes and Indigenous Communities

Climate change will impact many indigenous communities and may well endanger sacred and traditional living sites, cultural practices, local forests and ecosystems, traditional foods and water quality.

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Attribution: Land Resources
Date published: February 24, 2015

Alaska Climate Science Center Designer to Receive International Vizzie Award

Kristin Timm, a designer with the Interior Department's Alaska Climate Science Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning, is among 10 designers who were recently recognized internationally for excellence in science communication.

Date published: February 20, 2015

Study Reveals Recent Geologic History of Roanoke River Floodplain

After surveying and analyzing centuries of evidence in the floodplain of the lower Roanoke River, USGS researchers, along with colleagues from the universities of Wisconsin and North Carolina, have developed a highly accurate estimate of sediment deposition amounts along the course of the river over three timescales — annual, decadal, and centennial.

Date published: February 18, 2015

A Decade of Change in America’s Arctic: New Land Cover Data Released for Alaska

The latest edition of the National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD 2011) for Alaska is now publicly available.

Date published: February 10, 2015

Predicting Plant Responses to Drought

A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows how plants’ vulnerability to drought varies across the landscape; factors such as plant structure and soil type where the plant is growing can either make them more vulnerable or protect them from declines.

Date published: February 2, 2015

President’s 2016 Budget Proposes $1.2 Billion for the USGS

The President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request for the U.S. Geological Survey is $1.2 billion, an increase of nearly $150 million above the FY 2015 enacted level.

Date published: January 26, 2015

More Global Topographic Data to Aid Climate Change Research

Improved global topographic (elevation) data are now publicly available for most of Asia (India, China, southern Siberia, Japan, Indonesia), Oceania (Australia, New Zealand), and western Pacific Islands. See diagram below for geographic coverage.

Date published: January 20, 2015

Melting Glaciers Increase the Flow of Carbon to Downstream Ecosystems

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Melting glaciers are not just impacting sea level, they are also affecting the flow of organic carbon to the world’s oceans, according to new research that provides the first ever global-scale estimates for the storage and release of organic carbon from glaciers.

Date published: January 6, 2015

Polar Bears Shifting to Areas with More Sea Ice — Genetic Study Reveals

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In a new polar bear study published today, scientists from around the Arctic have shown that recent generations of polar bears are moving towards areas with more persistent year-round sea ice.

Date published: December 18, 2014

Interior Department Announces Funding for Climate Change Studies

As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, research funding will provide land and wildlife managers with tools to adapt to climate change

Attribution: Land Resources
Date published: December 8, 2014

Data-driven Insights on the California Drought

A newly released interactive California Drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources.