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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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Check out the winning photographs in the August and September 2021 Photo Contests! Categories include People, USGS at Work, Where We Work, and Honorable Mention.

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Integrated wetland management for waterfowl and shorebirds at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) offers a mix of open water, marsh, forest, and cropland habitats on 20,307 hectares in coastal North Carolina. In 1934, Federal legislation (Executive Order 6924) established MNWR to benefit wintering waterfowl and other migratory bird species. On an annual basis, the refuge staff decide how to manage...

Tavernia, Brian G.; Stanton, John D.; Lyons, James E.
Tavernia, B.G., Stanton, J.D., and Lyons, J.E., 2017, Integrated wetland management for waterfowl and shorebirds at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1052, 43 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171052.

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Persistent shoreline shape induced from offshore geologic framework: Effects of shoreface connected ridges

Mechanisms relating offshore geologic framework to shoreline evolution are determined through geologic investigations, oceanographic deployments, and numerical modeling. Analysis of shoreline positions from the past 50 years along Fire Island, New York, a 50 km long barrier island, demonstrates a persistent undulating shape along the western half...

Safak, Ilgar; List, Jeffrey H.; Warner, John C.; Schwab, William C.
Safak, I., List, J. H., Warner, J. C., & Schwab, W. C. (2017). Persistent shoreline shape induced from offshore geologic framework: Effects of shoreface connected ridges. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JC012808

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Suitability of river delta sediment as proppant, Missouri and Niobrara Rivers, Nebraska and South Dakota, 2015

Sediment management is a challenge faced by reservoir managers who have several potential options, including dredging, for mitigation of storage capacity lost to sedimentation. As sediment is removed from reservoir storage, potential use of the sediment for socioeconomic or ecological benefit could potentially defray some costs of its removal....

Zelt, Ronald B.; Hobza, Christopher M.; Burton, Bethany L.; Schaepe, Nathaniel J.; Piatak, Nadine M.
Zelt, R.B., Hobza, C.M., Burton, B.L., Schaepe, N.J., and Piatak, Nadine, 2017, Suitability of river delta sediment as proppant, Missouri and Niobrara Rivers, Nebraska and South Dakota, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5105, 51 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175105.

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Comparing catchment hydrologic response to a regional storm using specific conductivity sensors

A better understanding of stormwater generation and solute sources is needed to improve the protection of aquatic ecosystems, infrastructure, and human health from large runoff events. Much of our understanding of water and solutes produced during stormflow comes from studies of individual, small headwater catchments. This study compared many...

Inserillo, Ashley; Green, Mark B.; Shanley, James B.; Boyer, Joseph
Inserillo EA, Green MB, Shanley JB, Boyer JN. Comparing catchment hydrologic response to a regional storm using specific conductivity sensors. Hydrological Processes. 2017;31:1074–1085. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.11091

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Enhanced Arctic amplification began at the Mid-Brunhes Event 430,000 years ago

Arctic Ocean temperatures influence ecosystems, sea ice, species diversity, biogeochemical cycling, seafloor methane stability, deep-sea circulation, and CO2 cycling. Today's Arctic Ocean and surrounding regions are undergoing climatic changes often attributed to "Arctic amplification" - that is, amplified warming in Arctic regions due to sea...

Cronin, Thomas M.; Dwyer, Gary S.; Caverly, Emma; Farmer, Jesse; DeNinno, Lauren H.; Rodriguez-Lazaro, Julio; Gemery, Laura

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The efficacy of combined educational and site management actions in reducing off-trail hiking in an urban-proximate protected area

Park and protected area managers are tasked with protecting natural environments, a particularly daunting challenge in heavily visited urban-proximate areas where flora and fauna are already stressed by external threats. In this study, an adaptive management approach was taken to reduce extensive off-trail hiking along a popular trail through an...

Hockett, Karen; Marion, Jeffrey L.; Leung, Yu-Fai
Hockett, K. S., Marion, J. L., and Leung, Y. F., 2017, The efficacy of combined educational and site management actions in reducing off-trail hiking in an urban-proximate protected area: Journal of Environmental Management, v. 203, no. 1, p. 17-28.

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Virginia flow-ecology modeling results—An initial assessment of flow reduction effects on aquatic biota

BackgroundThe U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), reviewed a previously compiled set of linear regression models to assess their utility in defining the response of the aquatic biological community to streamflow depletion.As part of the 2012 Virginia Healthy Watersheds...

Rapp, Jennifer L.; Reilly, Pamela A.
Rapp, J.L., and Reilly, P.A., 2017, Virginia flow-ecology modeling results—An initial assessment of flow reduction effects on aquatic biota: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1088, 68 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171088.

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Groundwater-quality data associated with abandoned underground coal mine aquifers in West Virginia, 1973-2016: Compilation of existing data from multiple sources

This report describes a compilation of existing water-quality data associated with groundwater resources originating from abandoned underground coal mines in West Virginia. Data were compiled from multiple sources for the purpose of understanding the suitability of groundwater from abandoned underground coal mines for public supply, industrial,...

McAdoo, Mitchell A.; Kozar, Mark D.
McAdoo, M.A., and Kozar M.D., 2017, Groundwater-quality data associated with abandoned underground coal mine aquifers in West Virginia, 1973-2016: Compilation of existing data from multiple sources: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1069, 7 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1069.

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Design tradeoffs in long-term research for stream salamanders

Long-term research programs can benefit from early and periodic evaluation of their ability to meet stated objectives. In particular, consideration of the spatial allocation of effort is key. We sampled 4 species of stream salamanders intensively for 2 years (2010–2011) in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Maryland, USA to...

Brand, Adrianne B.; Grant, Evan H. Campbell
Brand, A. B. and Grant, E. H. C., 2017, Design tradeoffs in long-term research for stream salamanders: Journal of Wildlife Management, v. 81, no. 8, p. 1430-1438. https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.21310

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Multi-scale 46-year remote sensing change detection of diamond mining and land cover in a conflict and post-conflict setting

The town of Tortiya was created in the rural northern region of Côte d′Ivoire in the late 1940s to house workers for a new diamond mine. Nearly three decades later, the closure of the industrial-scale diamond mine in 1975 did not diminish the importance of diamond profits to the region's economy, and resulted in the growth of artisanal and small-...

Dewitt, Jessica D.; Chirico, Peter G.; Bergstresser, Sarah E.; Warner, Timothy A.
DeWitt, Jessica D., Chirico, Peter G., Bergstresser, Sarah E., and Timothy A. Warner, 2017, Multi-scale 46-year remote sensing change detection of diamond mining and land cover in a conflict and post-conflict setting, Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 8, 126-139.

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Central Arctic Ocean paleoceanography from  ∼50 ka to present, on the basis of ostracode faunal assemblages from the SWERUS 2014 expedition

Late Quaternary paleoceanographic changes at the Lomonosov Ridge, central Arctic Ocean, were reconstructed from a multicore and gravity core recovered during the 2014 SWERUS-C3 Expedition. Ostracode assemblages dated by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) indicate changing sea-ice conditions and warm Atlantic Water (AW)inflow to the Arctic Ocean...

Gemery, Laura; Cronin, Thomas M.; Poirier, Robert K.; Pearce, Christof; Barrientos, Natalia; O'Regan, Matt; Johansson, Carina; Koshurnikov, Andrey; Jakobsson, Martin
Gemery, L., Cronin, T. M., Poirier, R. K., Pearce, C., Barrientos, N., O’Regan, M., … Jakobsson, M. (2017). Central Arctic Ocean paleoceanography from ~ 50 ka to present, on the basis of ostracode faunal assemblages from SWERUS 2014 expedition. Climate of the Past Discussions, 1–28.

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The role of deep-water sedimentary processes in shaping a continental margin: The Northwest Atlantic

The tectonic history of a margin dictates its general shape; however, its geomorphology is generally transformed by deep-sea sedimentary processes. The objective of this study is to show the influences of turbidity currents, contour currents and sediment mass failures on the geomorphology of the deep-water northwestern Atlantic margin (NWAM)...

Mosher, David C.; Campbell, D.C.; Gardner, J.V.; Piper, D.J.W.; Chaytor, Jason; Rebesco, M.
Mosher, D.C., Campbell, D.C., Chaytor, J.D., Piper, D.J., and Gardner, J.V., 2017, Geomorphology of the Northwest Atlantic continental margin: the role of deep-water sedimentary processes: Marine Geology doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2017.08.018.

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February 29, 2016

Maine Cooperative Snow Survey

This video provides some background information and presents the general procedures associated with the Maine Cooperative Snow Survey.

 

Special thanks to Jim Caldwell with the USGS, Maine Office and Amber Whittaker and Dan Locke with the Maine Geological Survey for developing the scripts and story board, and serving as on-screen talent. 
 

Winter landscape at Bunnell Brook, Burlington, CT
January 25, 2016

Winter landscape at Bunnell Brook, Burlington, CT

Northeast Region Photo Contest Winner | March 2019 | Where We Work
Winter landscape at Bunnell Brook, Burlington, CT

Photograph of Laura Brothers in front of computer equipment.
December 31, 2015

Lights! Camera! Action!

Dr. Laura Brothers preparing to collect visual imagery aboard the RV Rafael as part of the launch of the MiniSEABOSS while doing work off of Nantucket. The MiniSEABOSS collects samples, photos and video of the seafloor.

Chincoteague Bay, MD
December 31, 2015

Storm erosion at Chincoteague Bay, MD

Storm induced erosion of marsh shorelines can provide significant quantities of sediment to the bay altering the deposition patterns.

 

Woods Hole drone pilots at UAS training
December 31, 2015

UAS Pilot Training

USGS pilot Sandy Brosnahan and Senate Pro Tempore Marc Pacheco discuss the use of Umanned Aerial Systems (UASs, also known as drones) to collect data in coastal environments. Photo credit: Dann Blackwood, USGS.