Mapping, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Data

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Date published: January 31, 2017

Data Analysis, Inventory, and Delivery

Comprehensive data storage and delivery systems serve mineral resource and related data to USGS scientists and the general public.

Date published: January 24, 2017

Maps Made with Light Show the Way

The topic, officially, was water. But during a scientific conference in Butte, Montana, in 2013, earthquake expert Michael Stickney glimpsed something unexpected in a three-dimensional lidar image of the Bitterroot Valley in nearby Missoula.

Date published: January 17, 2017

Characterization of the Midcontinent Rift Region Mineral Resources

Geological, geochemical and geophysical studies in the midcontinent region of the U.S. help to better understand the region’s potential for critical mineral resources in rocks that are deeply buried.

Date published: December 5, 2016
Status: Active

Sediment Storage in the Colorado River

The sandbars exposed along the shoreline of the Colorado River represent only a small fraction of the sand deposits in Grand Canyon, most of which are on the bed of the river in eddies and the channel. Current management practice includes efforts to maintain and build sandbars by releasing high flows from Glen Canyon Dam that are timed to coincide with periods of fine-sediment supply from...

Date published: November 19, 2016
Status: Archived

Community Model for Coastal Sediment Transport

This project is complete and the website is archived and no longer updated.

The U.S. Geological Survey and others are promoting the development of an open-source numerical model for sediment-transport in coastal regions. We are collaborating with other federal agencies...

Date published: November 15, 2016
Status: Archived

Relative Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of National Park Units to Sea-Level Rise

The National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for managing nearly 12,000 km (7,500 miles) of shoreline along oceans and lakes. In 2001 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in partnership with the NPS Geologic Resources Division, began conducting hazard assessments of future sea-level change by creating maps to assist NPS in managing its valuable resources. This website contains results of the...

Date published: November 7, 2016
Status: Active

Agriculture 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

Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS)

The MTBS program is a collaborative partnership sponsored by the Wildland Fire Leadership Council to create natiionally consistent burn severity assessments of all large fires in the U.S. since 1984. From 1984 to 2014, the MTBS program has mapped 19,189 fires.

Date published: November 1, 2016

WaterSMART - Evapotranspiration (ET)

The USGS EROS approach to ET estimation allows the quantification of ET at two important scales: (1) field and (2) hydrologic basin. Field-scale ET is used for water use estimation to understand and quantify where, by whom, and how much water is being used in the landscape. On the other hand, basin-scale ET assists in understanding basin water balance and water availability.

Date published: November 1, 2016
Status: Active

SBSC Updates - Catch Up on Our Activities

SBSC monthly updates highlight new published papers and reports, new research projects, media attention on SBSC science, outreach activities, data, and more. Click on the images to download PDFs of the updates. If you would like the montly updates e-mailed to you each month, please contact Todd Wojtowicz (

Date published: November 1, 2016

Terrestrial Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)

Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) are derived in part from Climate Data Records, and address the following terrestrial categories: River Discharge; Water Use; Groundwater; Lake and Reservoir Levels and Volumes; Snow Cover; Glaciers and Ice Caps; Permafrost; Land Surface Albedo; Land Cover; Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation; Leaf Area Index, Biomass; and Fire Disturbance. ECVs are a...

Date published: November 1, 2016

Global Food Security-Support Analysis Data at 30 m (GFSAD30)

Using remote sensing data, especially Landsat data to map cropland extent, and crop types, to support managing water supplies for both energy and food production to ensure global food security.