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Year Published: 2015

Conservation paleobiology: Leveraging knowledge of the past to inform conservation and restoration

Humans now play a major role in altering Earth and its biota. Finding ways to ameliorate human impacts on biodiversity and to sustain and restore the ecosystem services on which we depend is a grand scientific and societal challenge. Conservation paleobiology is an emerging discipline that uses geohistorical data to meet these challenges by...

Dietl, Gregory P.; Kidwell, Susan M.; Brenner, Mark; Burney, David A.; Flessa, Karl W.; Jackson, Stephen T.; Koch, Paul L.

Year Published: 2015

Community ecology in a changing environment: Perspectives from the Quaternary

Community ecology and paleoecology are both concerned with the composition and structure of biotic assemblages but are largely disconnected. Community ecology focuses on existing species assemblages and recently has begun to integrate history (phylogeny and continental or intercontinental dispersal) to constrain community processes. This division...

Jackson, Stephen T.; Blois, Jessica L.

Year Published: 2015

Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change?

Conservation organizations must adapt to respond to the ecological impacts of global change. Numerous changes to conservation actions (eg facilitated ecological transitions, managed relocations, or increased corridor development) have been recommended, but some institutional restructuring within organizations may also be needed. Here we discuss...

Armsworth, Paul R.; Larson, Eric R.; Jackson, Stephen T.; Sax, Dov F.; Simonin, Paul W.; Blossey, Bernd; Green, Nancy; Lester, Liza; Klein, Mary L.; Ricketts, Taylor H.; Runge, Michael C.; Shaw, M. Rebecca

Year Published: 2015

Modeling climate change, urbanization, and fire effects on Pinus palustris ecosystems of the southeastern U.S.

Managing ecosystems for resilience and sustainability requires understanding how they will respond to future anthropogenic drivers such as climate change and urbanization. In fire-dependent ecosystems, predicting this response requires a focus on how these drivers will impact fire regimes. Here, we use scenarios of climate change, urbanization and...

Costanza, Jennifer; Terando, Adam J.; McKerrow, Alexa; Collazo, Jaime A.
Attribution: Land Resources
Costanza, J. K., A. J. Terando, A. J. McKerrow, and J. A. Collazo, 2015: Modeling climate change, urbanization, and fire effects on Pinus palustris ecosystems of the southeastern U.S. J. Environ. Manage., 151, 186–199, doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.12.032. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479714006112 (Accessed January 7, 2015).

Year Published: 2015

Climate change in the Northeast and Midwest United States: Chapter 1

The climate is changing rapidly in ways that have already impacted wildlife and their habitats. Here, we present a summary of the observed past and projected future climate changes in the region that are relevant to wildlife and ecosystems, as well as what we know and don’t know in order to raise managers’ confidence in their planning. A number of...

Bryan, Alexander; Karmalkar, Ambarish; Coffel, Ethan; Ning, Liang; Horton, Radley M.; Demaria, Eleonora; Fan, Fanxing; Bradley, Raymond S.; Palmer, Richard
Staudinger, Michelle D., Morelli Toni Lyn, and Bryan Alexander M. 2015. Integrating Climate Change into Northeast and Midwest State Wildlife Action Plans. DOI Northeast Climate Science Center Report. Amherst, MA.

Year Published: 2015

Integrating climate change into northeast and midwest State Wildlife Action Plans

The Department of Interior Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) conducts research that responds to the regional natural resource management community’s needs to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. The NE CSC is supported by a consortium of partners that includes the University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Menominee...

Staudinger, Michelle D.; Morelli, Toni Lyn; Bryan, Alexander
Staudinger, M. D., T. L. Morelli, and A. M. Bryan. 2015. Integrating Climate Change into Northeast and Midwest State Wildlife Action Plans. DOI Northeast Climate Science Center Report, Amherst, Massachusetts. Available at: http://necsc.umass.edu/

Year Published: 2015

Scale-appropriate adaptation strategies and actions in the Northeast and Midwest United States: Chapter 4

Climate Change Adaptation is a growing field within conservation and natural resource management. Actions taken toward climate change adaptation account for climate impacts and ecological responses, both current and projected into the future. These actions attempt to accomplish a number of goals, including the conservation of wildlife and...

Staudinger, Michelle D.; Hilberg, Laura; Janowiak, Maria; Caldwell, Chris; D'Amato, Anthony W.; Grant, Evan H. Campbell; Horton, Radley M.; Katz, Rachel A.; Neiil, Chris; Nislow, Keith H.; Potter, Ken; Rowland, Erika; Swanston, Chris; Thompson, Frank; Winiarski, Kristopher J.

Year Published: 2015

From icefield to ocean - Explore the many ways that glaciers influence Alaska's Coastal Ecosystems.

No abstract available.

O'Neel, Shad; Hood, Eran; Timm, Kristin

Year Published: 2014

Chemical mixtures in potable water in the U.S.

In recent years, regulators have devoted increasing attention to health risks from exposure to multiple chemicals. In 1996, the US Congress directed the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study mixtures of chemicals in drinking water, with a particular focus on potential interactions affecting chemicals' joint toxicity. The task is...

Ryker, Sarah J.
Attribution: Land Resources
SJ Ryker, 2013, Chemical Mixtures in Potable Water in the U.S.: Comprehensive Water Quality and Purification vol. 1, Status and Trends of Water Quality Worldwide, Elsevier, ed. S Ahuja, 267-277.

Year Published: 2014

Managing the whole landscape: Historical, hybrid, and novel ecosystems

The reality confronting ecosystem managers today is one of heterogeneous, rapidly transforming landscapes, particularly in the areas more affected by urban and agricultural development. A landscape management framework that incorporates all systems, across the spectrum of degrees of alteration, provides a fuller set of options for how and when to...

Hobbs, Richard J.; Higgs, Eric S.; Hall, Carol M.; Bridgewater, Peter; Chapin, F. Stuart; Ewel, John J.; Hallett, Lauren M.; Ellis, Erle C.; Harris, James; Hulvey, Kristen B.; Jackson, Stephen T.; Kennedy, Patricia L.; Kueffer, Christoph; Lach, Lori; Lantz, Trevor C.; Lugo, Ariel E.; Mascaro, Joseph; Murphy, Stephen D.; Nelson, Cara; Perring, Michael P.; Richardson, David M.; Seastedt, Timothy; Standish, Rachel J.; Starzomski, Brian M.; Suding, Katharine N.; Tognetti, Pedro M.; Yakob, Laith; Yung, Laurie

Year Published: 2014

The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center annual report for 2013

In 2008, Congress created the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) within the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The center was formed to respond to the demands of natural resource managers for rigorous scientific information and effective tools for assessing and responding to climate change. Located at the USGS National...

Varela-Acevedo, Elda
Varela-Acevedo, Elda, 2014, The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center annual report for 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1402, 32 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1402.

Year Published: 2014

Climate remains an important driver of post-European vegetation change in the eastern United States

The influence of climate on forest change during the past century in the eastern United States was evaluated in a recent paper (Nowacki & Abrams, 2014) that centers on an increase in ‘highly competitive mesophytic hardwoods’ (Nowacki & Abrams, 2008) and a concomitant decrease in the more xerophytic Quercus ...

Neil Pederson; Anthony W. D’Amato; James M. Dyer; Foster, David R.; Goldblum, David; Hart, Justin L.; Hessl, Amy E.; Iverson, Louis R.; Jackson, Stephen T.; Martin-Benito, Dario; McCarthy, Brian C.; McEwan, Ryan W.; Mladenoff, David J.; Parker, Albert J.; Shuman, Bryan; Williams, John W.
Pederson, N., D'Amato, A. W., Dyer, J. M., Foster, D. R., Goldblum, D., Hart, J. L., Hessl, A. E., Iverson, L. R., Jackson, S. T., Martin-Benito, D., McCarthy, B. C., McEwan, R. W., Mladenoff, D. J., Parker, A. J., Shuman, B. and Williams, J. W. (2015), Climate remains an important driver of post-European vegetation change in the eastern United States. Glob Change Biol, 21: 2105–2110. doi:10.1111/gcb.12779

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July 31, 2017

Getting Started with VIIRS Surface Reflectance Data Part 1

Getting Started with VIIRS Surface Reflectance Data Part 1: All About Accessing Data
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This video focuses on Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) surface reflectance data products created by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and distributed by the...

July 31, 2017

Getting Started with VIIRS Surface Reflectance Data Part 2

Getting Started with VIIRS Surface Reflectance Data Part 2: Using the Data
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This video focuses on how to use Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Surface Reflectance data products created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). VIIRS is a sensor...

July 31, 2017

A Current Immersion

Curt Storlazzi of the USGS explains how the water cycle pulled him into oceanography, and how his personal interests parallel his profession.
 

July 30, 2017

A Record of Change: Science and Elder Observations on the Navajo N.

A Record of Change—Science and Elder Observations on the Navajo Nation is a 25-minute documentary about collaborative studies using conventional physical sciences, combined with tribal elder observations to show that local knowledge and conventional science partnerships can effectively document ecosystem change and determine the resulting challenges to livelihoods. 

Sparse historic data...

July 27, 2017

Image of the Week: Batagaika Crater and the Megaslump

Warm summers and short winters are thawing permafrost in the Siberian tundra, causing soil erosion. As a result, the 800 meter wide Batagaika crater continues to expand.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.
Hyperlink: USGS EROS Center (...

July 20, 2017

Image of the Week: Iceberg Separates from Larsen C Ice Shelf

Thermal satellite images are tracking A-68, a newly calved iceberg off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antartica.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.
Hyperlink: USGS EROS Center (https://eros.usgs.gov...

June 30, 2017

Landsat Collections - RMSE

Landsat Collections: Providing a Stable Environment Record for Time Series Analysis

This is the second of a three-part video series describing the new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Collection 1 inventory structure. Collection 1 required the reprocessing of all archived Landsat data to achieve radiometric and geometric consistency of Level-1 products through time and across all...

June 30, 2017

7 Million Landsat Scenes & Counting!

More than 7 million Landsat satellite images now available.

Satellite image showing the Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Grand Canyon area
June 16, 2017

Satellite Image of the Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Grand Canyon Area

This image of the Las Vegas /Lake Mead / Grand Canyon area was acquired on June 16, 2017, with Indian Space Research Organization’s Resourcesat-2 AWiFS sensor. Images of this region can be useful to help detect changes in vegetation and water availability for growing desert communities.

June 12, 2017

Drought Refugia: Remote Sensing Approaches and Management Applications

This webinar was recorded on June 12, 2017 as part of the Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series, held in partnership by the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center. Webinar Summary: During droughts, localized areas of the landscape (drought refugia) retain surface water and soil moisture needed to sustain...

May 31, 2017

LCMAP: Revolutionizing Remote Sensing

Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) - A new way of presenting where, how and why land change has occurred.
 

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Date published: October 3, 2016

Rising Sea Levels, Coastal Development’s Effect on Gulf Coast Wetlands

As coastal development along the Gulf Coast continues to expand, tidal saline wetlands could have difficulty adjusting to rising sea levels.

Date published: September 30, 2016

EarthView–Landsat Confirms Spatial Extent of Wind Tower Sediment Plumes

Landsat & Sentinel-2A work together to track sediment plume in the North Sea

Date published: September 28, 2016

Fifty Years of Glacier Change Research in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the longest continuous glacier research efforts in North America.

Date published: September 21, 2016

USGS-NASA Pecora Award Recognizes Excellence in Earth Observation

An annual award for outstanding achievement in remote sensing

Date published: September 21, 2016

A Vision to Observe Earth

Toward a space-based perspective of our planet in the 1960s

Date published: September 20, 2016

Changing Times, Changing Stories: Climate Change Perspectives Vary Notably Among Generations in Subarctic Alaska

New research from the U.S. Geological Survey and partners illustrates how climate change is perceived among different generations of indigenous residents in subarctic Alaska. While all subjects agreed climate change is occurring, the older participants observed more overall changes than the younger demographic.

Date published: September 16, 2016

EarthView–Landslide Spreads 6 Miles Across Glacier Bay National Park

Two snapshots from Landsat show the extent of a landslide in an Alaska National Park.

Date published: September 2, 2016

EarthView–Landsat Monitors 1,800-Year-Old Redwoods

Landsat gives us a view of the legacy of logging near the Redwood Parks in California.

Date published: August 26, 2016

EarthView–Landsat Shows Spread of Soberanes Fire

Landsat 8 shows the progression of one of the biggest wildfire in California yet this year...

Date published: August 26, 2016

USGS and India Space Research Organization to Cooperate Further in Observing Earth

Advancing the international exchange of Earth data

Date published: August 25, 2016

Pikas Disappearing from Parts of the West Due to Climate Change

American pikas – small herbivores that typically live in rocky slopes, known as talus, across many mountain ranges in the American West – are disappearing from some locations across the West due to climate change, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and some of its partners.