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Packrats and Their Midden
December 31, 2015

Packrats and Their Midden

Packrats near their midden in the City of Rocks National Reserve. USGS Image (J. Betancourt).

Attribution: Land Resources
Scientists Collecting Arctic Sediments
December 31, 2015

Scientists Collect Arctic Sediments

Scientists aboard USCGC Healy prepare to collect sediments from the Chukchi that will be used to reconstruct sea-ice history in the Arctic. USGS Image (L. Gemery).

Attribution: Land Resources
USGS biologist Gretchen Roffler weighs a newborn caribou calf in Denali National Park, Alaska
December 31, 2015

USGS biologist weighs a newborn caribou calf in Alaska

USGS biologist Gretchen Roffler weighs a newborn caribou calf in Denali National Park, Alaska. 

USGS scientist Layne Adams places a radiocollar on a sedated large bull caribou in Denali National Park, Alaska
December 31, 2015

USGS scientist places radiocollar on a sedated bull caribou in Alaska

USGS scientist Layne Adams places a radiocollar on a sedated large bull caribou in Denali National Park, Alaska. 

Satellite image of lithium mining in Salar de Atacama, Chile
December 30, 2015

Lithium Mining in Salar de Atacama, Chile

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.

U.S. Life-Saving Station in Portsmouth Historic Village, Cape Lookout National Seashore
November 30, 2015

U.S. Life-Saving Station in Portsmouth Historic Village

A U.S. Life-Saving Station in Portsmouth Historic Village, Cape Lookout National Seashore. The station was build in 1894 to rescue ship-wrecked mariners. This is one of many cultural resources at Cape Lookout National Seashore that may be threatened by climate change. Erin Seekamp, a researcher working with the DOI Southeast Climate Science Center (managed by USGS), is developing a method to...

External image of EROS Center
October 19, 2015

External image of EROS Center

External view of the EROS Center on a fall day. Watch and hear a video regarding the Center at this URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE_vsuGxso8

color photograph
October 19, 2015

Earth Resources Observation and Science Center

The exterior of the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center near Sioux Falls, SD, USA. 

The 1859 Cape Lookout Lighthouse and keeper's quarters
September 30, 2015

The 1859 Cape Lookout Lighthouse and keeper's quarters

The 1859 Cape Lookout Lighthouse and keeper's quarters, Cape Lookout National Seashore. This is one of many cultural resources at Cape Lookout National Seashore that may be threatened by climate change. Erin Seekamp, a researcher working with the DOI Southeast Climate Science Center (managed by USGS), is developing a method to identify which of the Park's cultural resources are most in need of...

The 1907 Keeper's Quarters, Cape Lookout National Seashore
September 30, 2015

The 1907 Keeper's Quarters, Cape Lookout National Seashore

The 1907 Keeper's Quarter's, Cape Lookout National Seashore. This house was originally located by the lighthouse, but was moved in 1958 when it was no longer needed and was used as a private residence. This is one of many cultural resources at Cape Lookout National Seashore that may be threatened by climate change. Erin Seekamp, a researcher working with the DOI Southeast Climate Science...

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Date published: September 25, 2014

Past, Present and Future Climates Go Hand in Hand with Tribes

Collaboration between federal Climate Science Centers, partner agencies and tribes is vital for minimizing and adapting to potential harmful effects of climate change on human society and surrounding ecosystems, according to a newly-released U.S. Geological Survey circular.

Attribution: Land Resources
Date published: July 29, 2014

The Value Of Coastal Fog - It’s More Than Meets The Eye

Fog is more than just nature’s air conditioning keeping Bay Area residents cool while others in California bake in the summer’s heat; it is also extremely valuable for the local economy for everything from wine production to tourism.

Attribution: Land Resources
Date published: July 28, 2014

Scientists Predict Massive Urban Growth, Creation of ’Megalopolis’ in Southeast in Next 45 Years

Urban areas in the Southeastern United States will double in size by 2060 unless there are significant changes to land development, according to a new study by the Department of Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center and North Carolina State University.

Date published: June 25, 2014

Visualize This: Carbon Storage Tool for Now and the Future

Announced on the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan (310 KB PDF; page 16 - Providing a Toolkit for Climage Resilience), a new “Land Carbon Viewer” allows users to see the land carbon storage and change in their ecosystems between 2005 and 2050 in the lower 48 states.

Attribution: Land Resources
Date published: June 25, 2014

Carbon Storage in U.S. Eastern Ecosystems Helps Counter Greenhouse Gas Emissions Contributing to Climate Change

On the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a new report showing that forests, wetlands and farms in the eastern United States naturally store 300 million tons of carbon a year (1,100 million tons of CO2 equivalent).

Date published: June 16, 2014

Reservoirs Affect the Movement of Carbon in Large Rivers of the Central and Western United States

A recent study conducted by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciencesfound that a combination of climate and human activities (diversion and reservoirs) controls the movement of carbon in two large western river basins, the Colorado and the Missouri Rivers. 

Date published: June 6, 2014

Through the Eyes of a Polar Bear

The first "point of view" video from a polar bear on Arctic sea ice has just become available courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey. 

Date published: April 7, 2014

A Few Winners, But Many More Losers

Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes, according to just-published research by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of New Mexico, and Northern Arizona University.

Date published: April 7, 2014

Nation’s Authoritative Land Cover Map New and Improved

Just released, the latest edition of the nation’s most comprehensive look at land-surface conditions from coast to coast shows the extent of land cover types from forests to urban areas. The National Land Cover Database (NLCD 2011) is made available to the public by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners.

Attribution: Land Resources
Date published: January 30, 2014

Some Good News Amid Bad News, for Hawai`i’s Endangered Honeycreepers

Warming temperatures due to climate change are exposing endangered Hawaiian forest birds to greater risk of avian malaria. But new research led by the U.S. Geological Survey holds out some hope that the birds may be able to adapt.

Date published: August 1, 2013

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

The recent recipient of two major awards, Craig D. Allen, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center, has loved trees since childhood. He is now considered an expert of world renown on the twin phenomena of forest changes and tree mortality resulting from climate warming and drought, and in 2010 was twice recognized for his scientific contributions.

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Date published: October 25, 2010

Mountain Vegetation Impacted by Climate Change

Climate change has had a significant effect on mountain vegetation at low elevations in the past 60 years, according to a study done by the University of California at Davis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and U.S. Geological Survey.