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Year Published: 2014

Maintaining resilience in the face of climate change: Chapter 8

Climate change, when combined with more conventional stress from human exploitation, calls into question the capacity of both existing ecological communities and resource management institutions to experience disturbances while substantially retaining their same functions and identities (Zellmer and Gunderson 2009; Ruhl 2011). In other words, the...

Camacho, Alejandro E.; Beard, T. Douglas

Year Published: 2014

Simulating 2,368 temperate lakes reveals weak coherence in stratification phenology

Changes in water temperatures resulting from climate warming can alter the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. Lake-specific physical characteristics may play a role in mediating individual lake responses to climate. Past mechanistic studies of lake-climate interactions have simulated generic lake classes at large spatial scales or...

Read, Jordan S.; Winslow, Luke A.; Hansen, Gretchen J. A.; Van Den Hoek, Jamon; Hanson, Paul C.; Bruce, Louise C; Markfort, Corey D.

Year Published: 2014

Inland capture fishery contributions to global food security and threats to their future

Inland fish and fisheries play important roles in ensuring global food security. They provide a crucial source of animal protein and essential micronutrients for local communities, especially in the developing world. Data concerning fisheries production and consumption of freshwater fish are generally inadequately assessed, often leading decision...

Youn, So-Jung; Taylor, William W.; Lynch, Abigail J.; Cowx, Ian G.; Beard, T. Douglas; Bartley, Devin; Wu, Felicia

Year Published: 2014

Identifying the pollen of an extinct spruce species in the Late Quaternary sediments of the Tunica Hills region, south-eastern United States

Late Quaternary fluvial deposits in the Tunica Hills region of Louisiana and Mississippi are rich in spruce macrofossils of the extinct species Picea critchfieldii, the one recognized plant extinction of the Late Quaternary. However, the morphology of P. critchfieldii pollen is unknown, presenting a barrier to the interpretation of...

Luke Mander; Jacklyn Rodriguez; Pietra G. Mueller; Jackson, Stephen T.; Surangi W. Punyasena
MANDER, L., RODRIGUEZ, J., MUELLER, P. G., JACKSON, S. T. and PUNYASENA, S. W. (2014), Identifying the pollen of an extinct spruce species in the Late Quaternary sediments of the Tunica Hills region, south-eastern United States. J. Quaternary Sci., 29: 711–721. doi:10.1002/jqs.2745

Year Published: 2014

Where the waters meet: sharing ideas and experiences between inland and marine realms to promote sustainable fisheries management

Although inland and marine environments, their fisheries, fishery managers, and the realm-specific management approaches are often different, there are a surprising number of similarities that frequently go unrecognized. We contend that there is much to be gained by greater cross-fertilization and exchange of ideas and strategies between realms...

Cooke, Steven J.; Arlinghaus, Robert; Bartley, Devin M.; Beard, T. Douglas; Cowx, Ian G.; Essington, Timothy E.; Jensen, Olaf P.; Lynch, Abigail J.; Taylor, William W.; Watson, Reg

Year Published: 2014

Downscaled climate projections for the Southeast United States: evaluation and use for ecological applications

Climate change is likely to have many effects on natural ecosystems in the Southeast U.S. The National Climate Assessment Southeast Technical Report (SETR) indicates that natural ecosystems in the Southeast are likely to be affected by warming temperatures, ocean acidification, sea-level rise, and changes in rainfall and evapotranspiration. To...

Wootten, Adrienne; Smith, Kara; Boyles, Ryan; Terando, Adam; Stefanova, Lydia; Misra, Vasru; Smith, Tom; Blodgett, David L.; Semazzi, Fredrick
Attribution: Land Resources
Downscaled climate projections for the Southeast United States: evaluation and use for ecological applications; 2014; OFR; 2014-1190; Wooten, Adrienne; Smith, Kara; Boyles, Ryan; Terando, Adam J.; Stefanova, Lydia; Misra, Vasru; Smith, Tom; Blodgett, David L.; Semazzi, Fredrick

Year Published: 2014

Tribal engagement strategy of the South Central Climate Science Center, 2014

The South Central Climate Science Center was established by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2012 to increase understanding of climate change and coordinate an effective response to climate-change effects on Native American tribes and natural and cultural resources that the Department manages. The eight regional Climate Science Centers of...

Andrews, William J.; Taylor, April; Winton, Kimberly T.
Tribal engagement strategy of the South Central Climate Science Center, 2014; 2014; CIR; 1396; Andrews, William J.; Taylor, April; Winton, Kimberly T.

Year Published: 2014

Do cities simulate climate change? A comparison of herbivore response to urban and global warming

Cities experience elevated temperature, CO2, and nitrogen deposition decades ahead of the global average, such that biological response to urbanization may predict response to future climate change. This hypothesis remains untested due to a lack of complementary urban and long-term observations. Here, we examine the response of an herbivore, the...

Youngsteadt, Elsa; Dale, Adam G.; Terando, Adam; Dunn, Robert R.; Frank, Steven D.
Attribution: Land Resources
Do cities simulate climate change? A comparison of herbivore response to urban and global warming; 2014; Article; Journal; Global Change Biology; Youngsteadt, Elsa; Dale, Adam G.; Terando, Adam J.; Dunn, Robert R.; Frank, Steven D.

Year Published: 2014

Inter-sectoral conflict and recreational fisheries of the developing world : opportunities and challenges for co-operation

The recreational fishing sector is growing rapidly in the developing world with the potential to realize economic benefits estimated at tens of billions of dollars annually. These opportunities are accompanied by numerous ecological risks such as overfishing and habitat disturbance. To date, there has been little focus on sociological issues...

Bower, Shannon D.; Nguyen, Vivian M.; Danylchuk, Andy J.; Beard, T. Douglas; Cooke, Steven J.

Year Published: 2014

Landscape and climate science and scenarios for Florida

The Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PFLCC) is part of a network of 22 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) that extend from Alaska to the Caribbean. LCCs are regional-applied conservation-science partnerships among Federal agencies, regional organizations, States, tribes, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), private...

Terando, Adam; Traxler, Steve; Collazo, Jaime
Attribution: Land Resources
Landscape and climate science and scenarios for Florida; 2014; OFR; 2014-1150; Terando, Adam; Traxler, Steve; Collazo, Jaime

Year Published: 2014

The southern megalopolis: using the past to predict the future of urban sprawl in the Southeast U.S.

The future health of ecosystems is arguably as dependent on urban sprawl as it is on human-caused climatic warming. Urban sprawl strongly impacts the urban ecosystems it creates and the natural and agro-ecosystems that it displaces and fragments. Here, we project urban sprawl changes for the next 50 years for the fast-growing Southeast U.S....

Terando, Adam; Costanza, Jennifer; Belyea, Curtis; Dunn, Robert R.; McKerrow, Alexa; Collazo, Jaime
Attribution: Land Resources
The southern megalopolis: using the past to predict the future of urban sprawl in the Southeast U.S.; 2014; Article; Journal; PLoS One; Terando, Adam J.; Costanza, Jennifer; Belyea, Curtis; Dunn, Robert R.; McKerrow, Alexa; Collazo, Jaime A.

Year Published: 2014

Integrating land cover modeling and adaptive management to conserve endangered species and reduce catastrophic fire risk

Land cover modeling is used to inform land management, but most often via a two-step process, where science informs how management alternatives can influence resources, and then, decision makers can use this information to make decisions. A more efficient process is to directly integrate science and decision-making, where science allows us to...

Breininger, David; Duncan, Brean; Eaton, Mitchell J.; Johnson, Fred; Nichols, James
Integrating land cover modeling and adaptive management to conserve endangered species and reduce catastrophic fire risk; 2014; Article; Journal; Land; Breininger, David; Duncan, Brean; Eaton, Mitchell; Johnson, Fred; Nichols, James

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May 31, 2017

Landsat 8 Collects 1 Millionth Scene

Landsat 8 collects it's 1 millionth scene. See it for yourself!

May 22, 2017

Image of the Week: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Fire

Image of the Week: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Fire

Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager captures the scene as many acres burn in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Series Description:
"Image of the Week" is a series of videos produced by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center featuring remotely sensed imagery of the Earth's landscapes....

April 27, 2017

Using Drought Forecasts to Improve Natural Resource Management

Natural resource managers face increasing challenges in dealing with drought. As competition for water increases between its various uses (water supply, energy demands, ecological services, recreation, and other environmental and ecological needs), our ability to forecast the onset and termination of drought becomes ever more important. This is particularly true given forecasts of the...

Satellite images showing the Isle de Jean Charles.
April 1, 2017

Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana

Is Louisiana falling into the sea, or is the sea inundating Louisiana? It's actually a bit of both. To the inhabitants of a tiny island on the bayou, an island getting tinier by the day, it hardly matters.

March 31, 2017

Anatomy of Landsat 8

Have you ever wondered what all the parts of a satellite do? This video identifies a few of the main components onboard Landsat 8 and tells you about their role in flying the satellite and capturing images of the Earth's surface below. Learn more about USGS Landsat.

March 31, 2017

Landsat 8 Swath Animation

The Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center has created a video animation describing how Landsat 8 orbits the Earth. The video explains the 16-day cycle for capturing imagery of the entire world.
 

March 31, 2017

Getting Started with MODIS Version 6 Vegetation Indices Data Part 1

This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Vegetation Indices data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC).  Information about the MODIS Version 6 Vegetation Indices products, changes between the Version 5 and Version 6 products, and how...

March 31, 2017

Getting Started with MODIS Version 6 Vegetation Indices Data Part 2

This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Vegetation Indices data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). Information about MODIS Vegetation Indices quality information, including how to decode quality bits, tools for working with...

March 31, 2017

Getting Started with MODIS Version 6 Vegetation Indices Data Part 3

This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Vegetation Indices data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). Information about MODIS Vegetation Indices quality information, including how to decode quality bits, tools for working with...

March 31, 2017

Getting Started with MODIS V6 Land Surface Temperature Data Part 1

This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Land Surface Temperature data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). Information about the MODIS Version 6 Land Surface Temperature data products, changes between the Version 5 and Version 6...

March 31, 2017

Getting Started with MODIS V6 Land Surface Temperature Data Part 2

This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Land Surface Temperature data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). Information about the MODIS Version 6 Land Surface Temperature data products, the scale factor of the data and other data...

March 31, 2017

Getting Started with MODIS V6 Land Surface Temperature Data Part 3

This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Land Surface Temperature data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). Information about MODIS Land Surface Temperature quality information, including how to decode quality bits, tools for...

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Date published: August 19, 2016

EarthView–Crater Lake Image Shows Potential of Sentinel-2A

Sentinel 2A's coverage shows it can be a great complement to Landsat imagery.

Date published: August 11, 2016

Ecosystems in the Southeastern U.S. Are Vulnerable to Climate Change

“From the mountains to the coast, the southeastern U.S. contains ecosystems that harbor incredible biodiversity. Many of those ecosystems are already highly at risk from urbanization and other human land-use change. Identifying the ecosystems at risk from climate change will help inform conservation and management to ensure we don’t lose that biodiversity.” (Jennifer Constanza, report author)

Date published: August 10, 2016

Managing Climate Change Refugia to Protect Wildlife

Natural and cultural areas that will remain similar to what they are today -- despite climate change -- need to be identified, managed and conserved as “refugia” for at-risk species, according to a study published today in PLOS One. The study sets out, for the first time, specific steps to help identify and manage these more resilient and climate-stable havens for plants, animals and fishes.

Date published: August 9, 2016

USGS Science at Ecological Society of America’s Conference

U.S. Geological Survey scientists will present their research at the Ecological Society of America meeting from Aug. 7-12, 2016, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The theme is "Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene." 

Date published: August 3, 2016

Claudia Regan Takes the Helm as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey's Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Bozeman

New Center Director to sustain NOROCK’s tradition of productivity and partnership in generating ground-breaking science relevant to resource managers in the Northern Rocky Mountains and beyond.

Date published: July 22, 2016

EarthView–Fire and Rebirth: Landsat Tells Yellowstone's Story

Time may not heal all wounds, but it did a good job with this Yellowstone wildfire...

Date published: July 22, 2016

Old Growth May Help Protect Northwest Birds from Warming Temperatures

Researchers are working to understand how to lessen the impacts of climate change on birds and other forest inhabitants.

Date published: July 18, 2016

Landsat—The Watchman that Never Sleeps

In western North America, mountain pine beetles infest and ravage thousands of acres of forest lands. Landsat satellites bear witness to the onslaught in a way that neither humans nor most other satellites can.