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Date published: November 2, 2016

Mapbox: Innovating with Landsat

Mapbox* is a cloud-based map platform startup that creates custom maps with open source tools. The team at Mapbox consists of over fifty cartographers, data analysts and software engineers, located in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California. One of the open-source tools used by Mapbox is Landsat imagery. The company has a satellite team consisting of five employees dedicated to projects...

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 2, 2016

Klamath Basin, Oregon

The Klamath Basin covers over 12,000 mi² in southern Oregon and northern California and contains natural resources and economic opportunities related to fisheries, farming, ranching, timber harvest, mining, and recreation. (fig. 1A on the Science tab). These resources and opportunities economically sustain many communities throughout the basin, including six federally recognized Indian tribes...

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 2, 2016
Status: Active

Environment from 'Landsat Imagery: A Unique Resource'

Landsat satellites provide high-quality, multi-spectral imagery of the surface of the Earth. These moderate-resolution, remotely sensed images are not just pictures, but contain many layers of data collected at different points along the visible and invisible light spectrum. 

Date published: November 2, 2016

Flood Extent Monitoring in Riparian Forests, Australia

The results of flood mapping are used as an input to hydrological models in some instances, and in other cases as an independent source used for the calibration of model outcomes.

 

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 2, 2016

SilviaTerra: Landsat Use by a Forestry Start-up

SilviaTerra is a four-year-old start-up company with five full-time employees that is contributing to the change in the way forests are managed in the United States. The company provides next-generation, highly accurate forest inventory data to fifteen users of various sizes. The customer base includes national and international timber companies. SilviaTerra is profitable and continues to grow...

Date published: November 1, 2016

Mineral Discovery Could Mean Billions for Michigan

For more than two decades, researchers, geologists, and investors had no idea they were standing above tremendous wealth. Thousands of feet deep beneath the surface of western Michigan, a potential multibillion-dollar potash deposit was discovered. Potash—a mineral salt containing high levels of potassium—is an ingredient in fertilizer essential for growing crops.

Date published: October 31, 2016

Data and Tools for Landscape Assessment

The Information Science Branch develops and applies approaches that integrate natural science, computer technology, and information management to address key natural resource issues. Branch staff work with USGS scientists and data managers to convert field observations into GIS-oriented data and metadata products. The Branch also supports ecological and landscape modeling, including the...

Date published: October 28, 2016

Mobile Science

Mobile technologies, from feature-laden phones to wearable computing devices, are changing the face of field research. Scientists are now able to track the movement of wildlife in near real time, capture more and various types of survey data conveniently, and discover critical information about a sample site prior to data collection. The Information Science Branch provides support for all of...

Contacts: Tim Kern
Date published: October 28, 2016
Status: Active

Data Integration Frameworks

Assembling data and presenting it in a meaningful way becomes increasingly important as natural resource issues span larger and larger geographic, political, organizational, and scientific boundaries. The Information Science Branch helps design, develop, and implement applications that allow USGS Centers, programs, and projects to securely store, document, integrate, and share datasets. These...

Contacts: Tim Kern
Date published: October 25, 2016

Helping Desert Communities Find Hidden Water

Desert communities throughout the Southwest are putting water availability at the top of their municipal agendas.

Date published: October 24, 2016

Facilitating the Inclusion of Nonmarket Values in Bureau of Land Management Planning and Project Assessments

As a multiple-use agency within the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing a wide range of natural and cultural resources, some of which are actively “used” by people, such as the development of minerals for energy generation or manufacturing, livestock grazing, and recreational opportunities. Other resources are not used directly but still...

Date published: October 24, 2016

Observation and Monitoring Networks

National observation and monitoring networks, regardless of their target observation type, share many common needs. Not the least of these needs is the data assembly framework employed by the network - the flow of many types of collected data into a common processing, analysis, and visualization engine. The Information Science Branch uses experiences from similar software and infrastructure...

Contacts: Tim Kern