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May 31, 2016

Breaking Down Reefs, Building Up Beaches

On the remote western coast of Australia lies a UNESCO World Heritage Site above and below the sea. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and University of Western Australia convened here at Ningaloo Reef and Jurabi Coastal Reserve to embark on the most extensive study EVER done into how coral reefs shape our coasts.
 

USGS ecologist Jaimie Gillespie measuring a Sediment Elevation Table (SET) on the Pamunkey River, VA
May 23, 2016

USGS ecologist Jaimie Gillespie measuring a Sediment Elevation Table

USGS ecologist Jaimie Gillespie measuring a Sediment Elevation Table (SET) on the Pamunkey River, VA. This SET is part of a larger project which consists of two SETs at each of five research sites, on both the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers spanning Oligahaline to non-tidal conditions. USGS scientists monitor these SETs, river sediment...

April 30, 2016

Polar Bear - POV Cams (Spring 2016)

This short clip is representative of a large amount of video footage of an adult female polar bear, equipped with a point of view camera, that is used by scientists to study polar bear behavior and feeding rates. Camera were attached to 10 animals in the southern Beaufort Sea over the course of several years, and stay on the animals for about 2 weeks until it is retrieved by scientists. No...

April 26, 2016

Observing Changing Recreational Seascapes in Hawai'i

This video was recording as part of the Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series, hosted by the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the FWS National Conservation Training Center. 

Webinar Speaker: Noelani Puniwai, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Webinar Summary: Seascapes symbolize both the physical dimensions of ocean and coastal areas, as well...

Satellit image showing the path for the Boston marathon
April 24, 2016

Landsat's View of the Boston Marathon

The 122nd Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world, takes place on April 16, 2018. This Landsat 8 image shows the April landscape of eastern Massachusetts, before vegetation has greened up. The yellow line indicates the point-to-point route that the marathon follows.

A USGS scientist skis in to Dead Horse Point on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier NP.
April 6, 2016

Dead Horse Point

A USGS scientist skis in to Dead Horse Point on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier NP.

Avalanche forecasters ski out to investigate the crown of a large wet slab avalanche in Haystack Creek drainage. This drainage i
April 5, 2016

Haystack Creek avalanche

Avalanche forecasters ski out to investigate the crown of a large wet slab avalanche in Haystack Creek drainage. This drainage is one of the largest avalanche paths affecting the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.  

Hermit warbler
March 23, 2016

Hermit Warbler

Black-throated green warbler at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon.

Black-throated gray warbler
March 23, 2016

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Black-throated gray warbler at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon.

Varied thrush
March 23, 2016

Varied Thrush

Varied thrush at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon.

Old growth forest
March 23, 2016

Old Growth Forest

Old growth forest at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon, old growth forests have bigger trees and a more complex understory.

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.

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Date published: June 24, 2015

In Hot Water: Climate Change Reaches Underwater & Impacts Freshwater Fisheries

On July 4th, the first Independence Day fireworks will shoot into the sky reflecting off the nearby lake or river, making that familiar pop! pop! sound throughout the night. 

Date published: June 2, 2015

USGS Ups Ease of Use for Landsat Data

Landsat satellite data have been produced, archived, and distributed by the U.S. Geological Survey since 1972. Data users in many different fields depend on this basic Earth observation information to conduct broad investigations of historical land surface change that cross large regions of the globe and span many years.

Date published: May 28, 2015

Heat Accelerates Dry in California Drought

Although record low precipitation has been the main driver of one of the worst droughts in California history, abnormally high temperatures have also played an important role in amplifying its adverse effects, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and university partners.

Date published: May 26, 2015

Mammoths Reached the California Channel Islands Much Earlier Than Previously Thought

Recently, U.S. Geological Survey researchers and partners working in California’s Channel Islands National Park discovered mammoth remains in uplifted marine deposits that date to about 80,000 years ago, confirming a long-held but never proven hypothesis that mammoths may have been on the Channel Islands long before the last glacial period 25,000 to 12,000 years ago.

Attribution: Land Resources
Date published: May 11, 2015

More Actionable Science Recommended to Address Climate Change

Working directly with resource managers to produce science and tools to address effects of climate change on the nation’s biological resources should remain the core focus of the Interior Department’s Climate Science Centers, according to a federal advisory committee report released today. 

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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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.