Mapping, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Data

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Date published: June 11, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC vessel San Lorenzo

Above, the view through the windshield of San Lorenzo reveals a perfect work day on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta near Rio Vista, California.

Date published: June 11, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC vessel Parke D. Snavely

Information about the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center's vessel Parke D. Snavely, acquired in November 2007.

Date published: June 8, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC MarFac Team

Meet our team of fieldwork specialists at PCMSC's MarFac

Date published: June 8, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC MarFac Vessels

The USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center uses a wide variety of vessels, from kayaks to open-ocean ships, to conduct fieldwork. Most vessels are managed by our Marine Facility, or MarFac.

Date published: June 8, 2020
Status: Active

Tectonic Processes

Geophysical research utilizes analytical and numerical tools to quantify tectonic processes. Basic geophysical research lays the ground for understanding of Earth processes, which affect natural hazards and resource estimation.
 

Contacts: Uri ten Brink
Date published: June 4, 2020
Status: Active

Geophysical Mapping of Geologic Systems Host to Critical Mineral Deposits, Southern Midcontinent, US

The objective of this project is to use high-resolution state-of-the-art airborne and regional ground geophysical methods to map an underexplored region of the southern Midcontinent that is important to economic and critical mineral deposits.

Date published: June 2, 2020
Status: Active

Soil Compaction and Erosion

Extensive off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on desert lands can directly and indirectly lead to human health problems and impact soil, vegetation, and wildlife habitat. Soil pulverization and loosening caused by OHVs contribute to dust hazards, and to respiratory illnesses and diseases (e.g., valley fever) in adjacent, downwind communities.  Repeated soil compaction by OHVs can also degrade...

Date published: June 2, 2020
Status: Active

Remote Sensing of Biological Soil Crusts

Biological soil crusts (biocrusts, photoautotrophic soil surface communities comprised of cyanobacteria, algae, bryophytes, lichens, and fungi, occur in drylands globally where they contribute to ecosystem functioning by increasing soil stability, reducing dust emissions, and modifying soil resource availability (e.g., water, nutrients) (Fig 1.3.1). Despite increasing recognition and interest...

Contacts: Miguel Villarreal, PhD, Caroline Ann Havrilla, PhD
Date published: June 2, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC vessel Jewell

Above, Jewell is prepared for a day of sampling on Grizzly Bay

Date published: June 2, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC Marine Facility (MarFac)

Learn about the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Marine Facility, or MarFac

Contacts: Timothy Elfers
Date published: June 2, 2020
Status: Active

Remote Sensing of Invasive Annual Grasses

One of the major ecological consequences of increasing global connectivity is the introduction, establishment, and spread of non-native species into new ecosystems. The rate and extent of biological invasions continues to increase globally, often at considerable environmental and economic costs. Once established, non-native species can transform ecosystems, complicating land management...

Date published: June 2, 2020
Status: Active

Remote Sensing of Energy Development

Oil and gas development across the western United States has increased substantially in recent decades, including within the Colorado Plateau. The Colorado Plateau is a high desert region of grasslands, shrublands, and woodlands and is home to a large number of world-renowned national and tribal parks and monuments (e.g., Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, and...