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The NAA Region has 15 Science Centers spanning 14 NE States and Washington, DC. The Centers conduct interdisciplinary biologic, geologic, hydrologic, and energy monitoring and research addressing natural resource issues facing our nation.

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Year Published: 2017

Reconstructing Common Era relative sea-level change on the Gulf Coast of Florida

To address a paucity of Common Era data in the Gulf of Mexico, we reconstructed ~ 1.1 m of relative sea-level (RSL) rise over the past ~ 2000 years at Little Manatee River (Gulf Coast of Florida, USA). We applied a regional-scale foraminiferal transfer function to fossil assemblages preserved in a core of salt-marsh peat and...

Gerlach, Matthew J.; Engelhart, Simon E.; Kemp, Andrew C.; Moyer, Ryan P.; Smoak, Joseph M.; Bernhardt, Christopher E.; Cahill, Niamh
Marine Geology, 390 (2017) 254-269

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Estimating risks for water-quality exceedances of total-copper from highway and urban runoff under predevelopment and current conditions with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM)

The stochastic empirical loading and dilution model (SELDM) was used to demonstrate methods for estimating risks for water-quality exceedances of event-mean concentrations (EMCs) of total-copper. Monte Carlo methods were used to simulate stormflow, total-hardness, suspended-sediment, and total-copper EMCs as stochastic variables. These simulations...

Dunn, Christopher N.; Van Weele, Brian; Granato, Gregory E.; Jones, Susan C.
Granato, G.E., and Jones, S.C., 2017, Estimating risks for water-quality exceedances of total-copper from highway and urban runoff under predevelopment and current conditions with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM): in Proceedings of the 2017 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, Sacramento, CA, May 21-25, 2017, Reston, VA, American Society of Civil Engineers, 15 p.

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Geology and undiscovered resource assessment of the potash-bearing Pripyat and Dnieper-Donets Basins, Belarus and Ukraine

Undiscovered potash resources in the Pripyat Basin, Belarus, and Dnieper-Donets Basin, Ukraine, were assessed as part of a global mineral resource assessment led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The Pripyat Basin (in Belarus) and the Dnieper-Donets Basin (in Ukraine and southern Belarus) host stratabound and halokinetic Upper Devonian (...

Cocker, Mark D.; Orris, Greta J.; Dunlap, Pamela; Lipin, Bruce R.; Ludington, Steve; Ryan, Robert J.; Słowakiewicz, Mirosław; Spanski, Gregory T.; Wynn, Jeff; Yang, Chao
Cocker, M.D., Orris, G.J., and Dunlap, Pamela, with contributions from Lipin, B.R., Ludington, Steve, Ryan, R.J., Słowakiewicz, Mirosław, Spanski, G.T., Wynn, Jeff, and Yang, Chao, 2017, Geology and undiscovered resource assessment of the potash-bearing Pripyat and Dnieper-Donets Basins, Belarus and Ukraine: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–BB, 116 p., and spatial data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090BB.

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New Jersey StreamStats: A web application for streamflow statistics and basin characteristics

StreamStats is an interactive, map-based web application from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that allows users to easily obtain streamflow statistics and watershed characteristics for both gaged and ungaged sites on streams throughout New Jersey. Users can determine flood magnitude and frequency, monthly flow-duration, monthly low-flow...

Watson, Kara M.; Janowicz, Jon A.
Watson, K.M., and Janowicz, J.A., 2017, New Jersey StreamStats: A web application for streamflow statistics and basin characteristics: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3057, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173057.

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Efficacy and residual toxicity of a sodium hydroxide based ballast water treatment system for freshwater bulk freighters

The efficacy and residual toxicity of a sodium hydroxide (NaOH) based ballast water treatment system (BWTS) were tested aboard the Great Lakes carrier M/V American Spiritin 1000 L mesocosms containing water from the ship's ballast tanks. NaOH was added to elevate the pH to 11.5 or 11.7 for 48 h, after which pH...

Elskus, Adria; Mitchelmore, Carys L.; Wright, David; Henquinet, Jeffrey W.; Welschmeyer, Nicholas; Flynn, Colin; Watten, Barnaby J.
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Automated quantification of surface water inundation in wetlands using optical satellite imagery

We present a fully automated and scalable algorithm for quantifying surface water inundation in wetlands. Requiring no external training data, our algorithm estimates sub-pixel water fraction (SWF) over large areas and long time periods using Landsat data. We tested our SWF algorithm over three wetland sites across North America, including the...

DeVries, Ben; Huang, Chengquan; Lang, Megan W.; Jones, John W.; Huang, Wenli; Creed, Irena F.; Carroll, Mark L.
DeVries, B.; Huang, C.; Lang, M.W.; Jones, J.W.; Huang, W.; Creed, I.F.; Carroll, M.L.Automated Quantification of Surface Water Inundation in Wetlands Using Optical Satellite Imagery. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 807.

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Characterizing meteorological and hydrologic conditions associated with shallow landslide initiation in the coastal bluffs of the Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

Meteorological and hydrologic conditions associated with shallow landslide initiation in the coastal bluffs of the Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey remain undocumented despite a history of damaging slope movement extending back to at least 1903. This study applies an empirical approach to quantify the rainfall conditions leading to shallow...

De Graff, Jerome V.; Shakoor, Abdul; Ashland, Francis; Fiore, Alex R.; Reilly, Pamela A.
Ashland, F.X., Fiore, A.R., and Reilly, P.A., 2017, Characterizing meteorological and hydrologic conditions associated with shallow landslide initiation in the coastal bluffs of the Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, in De Graff, J.V., and Shakur, A., eds. Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge and Emerging Technologies into Practice: Proceedings of the 3rd North American Symposium on Landslides, Roanoke, V.A., June 4–8, 2017, Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Special Publication 27, p. 461-472, ISBN: 978-0-9897253-7-8

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Deposition of mercury in forests across a montane elevation gradient: Elevational and seasonal patterns in methylmercury inputs and production

Global mercury contamination largely results from direct primary atmospheric and secondary legacy emissions, which can be deposited to ecosystems, converted to methylmercury, and bioaccumulated along food chains. We examined organic horizon soil samples collected across an elevational gradient on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondack region of New...

Gerson, Jacqueline R.; Driscoll, Charles T.; Demers, Jason D.; Sauer, Amy K.; Blackwell, Bradley D.; Montesdeoca, Mario R.; Shanley, James B.; Ross, Donald S.

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How well do route survey areas represent landscapes at larger spatial extents? An analysis of land cover composition along Breeding Bird Survey routes

The occurrence of birds in a survey unit is partly determined by the habitat present. Moreover, some bird species preferentially avoid some land cover types and are attracted to others. As such, land cover composition within the 400 m survey areas along a Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) route clearly influences the species available to be detected....

Veech, Joseph A.; Pardieck, Keith L.; Ziolkowski, David
Veech, J. A., Pardieck, K. L., and Ziolkowski, D. J., Jr., 2017, How well do route survey areas represent landscapes at larger spatial extents? An analysis of land cover composition along Breeding Bird Survey routes: Condor, v. 119, no. 3, p. 607-615.

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Post-glacial flooding of the Bering Land Bridge dated to 11 cal ka BP based on new geophysical and sediment records

The Bering Strait connects the Arctic and Pacific oceans and separates the North American and Asian landmasses. The presently shallow ( ∼  53 m) strait was exposed during the sea level lowstand of the last glacial period, which permitted human migration across a land bridge today referred to as the Bering Land Bridge. Proxy studies (stable isotope...

Jakobsson, Martin; Pearce, Christof; Cronin, Thomas M.; Backman, Jan; Anderson, Leif G.; Barrientos, Natalia; Bjork, Goran; Coxhall, Helen; de Boer, Agatha; Mayer, Larry; Morth, Carl-Magnus; Nilsson, Johan; Rattray, Jayne; Sranne, Christian; Semiletov, Igor; O'Regan, Matt
Jakobsson, M., Pearce, C., Cronin, T. M., Backman, J., Anderson, L. G., Barrientos, N., … O'Regan, M. (2017). Post-glacial flooding of the Beringia Land Bridge dated to 11,000 cal yrs BP based on new geophysical and sediment records. Climate of the Past Discussions, 1–22

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Rapid prototyping for decision structuring: an efficient approach to conservation decision analysis: Chapter 3

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Bunnefeld, Nils; Garrard, Georgia E.; Rumpff, Libby; Runge, Michael C.; Converse, Sarah J.
Garrad, G.E., Rumpff, L., Runge, M.C., and Converse, S.J., 2017, Chapter 3 - Rapid prototyping for decision structuring: an efficient approach to conservation decision analysis, in Bunnefeld, N., editor, Decision-Making in Conservation and Natural Resource Management: Models for Interdisciplinary Approaches: New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, Conservation Biology No. 22, p. 46-64.

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Compilation of geospatial data for the mineral industries and related infrastructure of Latin America and the Caribbean

This report describes the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) ongoing commitment to its mission of understanding the nature and distribution of global mineral commodity supply chains by updating and publishing the georeferenced locations of mineral commodity production and processing facilities, mineral exploration and development sites, and mineral...

Baker, Michael S.; Buteyn, Spencer D.; Freeman, Philip A.; Trippi, Michael H.; Trimmer III, Loyd M.
Baker, M.S., Buteyn, S.D., Freeman, P.A., Trippi, M.H., and Trimmer, L.M., III, 2017, Compilation of geospatial data for the mineral industries and related infrastructure of Latin America and the Caribbean: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1079, 87 p., 1 geodatabase and 1 geospatial PDF map, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171079.

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man and woman wading in rocky stream carrying fish shocking equipment
July 18, 2012

Fish shocking in the West Branch of the Neversink River

Fish shocking in the West Branch of the Neversink River

Hydrologic tehcnician collects a sample of untreated groundwater from a public-supply well
July 16, 2012

Hydrologic tehcnician collects a sample from a public-supply well

Groundwater in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain aquifers is old—more than 21,300 years old in more than half of the wells sampled. That ancient groundwater is more likely to contain naturally occurring concentrations of fluoride, arsenic, and polonium-210 that exceed a human-health benchmark for drinking water than younger groundwater, reports a

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Water tower for public supply in Clayton, NJ
July 16, 2012

Water tower for public supply in Clayton, NJ

Groundwater is pumped from a public-supply well and stored in a water tower for residents' use in Clayton, New Jersey. The well taps groundwater from the North Atlantic Coastal Plain aquifer.

Groundwater in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain aquifers is old—more than 21,300 years old in more than half of the wells sampled. That ancient groundwater is more likely to

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Mattaponi river near bowling green
June 22, 2012

Mattaponi river near bowling green

River ecosystem at Mattaponi river near bowling green

woman in pfd gear standing in stream with streamflow measuring equipment
June 12, 2012

Stream discharge measurement Nissequogue River, Long Island, NY

Stream discharge measurement Nissequogue River, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY

New Jersey boat docking at a tidal sensor in the bay
May 23, 2012

Checking Tide Sensors

New Jersey Ambar docked at tide sensor on a bridge footer at East Thorofare at Ship Bottom, NJ (01409146).

2 usgs people waist deep in holes in soil in forest and one usgs person observing
April 25, 2012

Soil testing near Sandy Pond West, Long Island, NY

Soil testing near Sandy Pond West, Long Island, NY

man in reflective vest lowering measuring tape into groundwater well near a tall metal fence
April 16, 2012

Groundwater Measurement in Suffolk County - S-50500, Long Island, NY

Groundwater well measurement S-50500- discrete - Suffolk County , Long Island, NY

men in field looking at computer
March 31, 2012

USGS hydrologist teaching borehole logging class in Bangladesh

USGS hydrologist Alton Anderson of the New York Water Science Center teaches a borehole logging class to students in Bangladesh.

Blossoming cherry at back entrence of the New Jersey Water Science Center
March 30, 2012

Blossoming Cherry in New Jersey

The back walk-up to the New Jersey Water Science Center with a bright pink chery tree in blossom.