Unified Interior Regions

Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian

Our Science Centers

Our Science Centers

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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August and September Photo Contests

August and September Photo Contests

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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Regions L2 Landing Page Tabs

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Date published: July 18, 2017
Status: Active

Bird Collections

The collection of North American birds housed in the National Museum of Natural History is one of outstanding quality. It totals about 370,000 specimens, including approximately 222,000 skins, 31,000 skeletons, 13,000 fluid-preserved, and about 26,500 egg sets and nests. Of the 3,949 specimens in the type collection, 2,120 specimens are holotypes of North American taxa. A major portion of the...

Date published: July 13, 2017
Status: Active

Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs)

Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (HABs) are increasingly a global concern because HABs pose a threat to human and aquatic ecosystem health and cause economic damages. Toxins produced by some species of cyanobacteria (called cyanotoxins) can cause acute and chronic illnesses in humans and pets. Aquatic ecosystem health also is affected by cyanotox­ins, as well as low dissolved oxygen...

Date published: July 12, 2017
Status: Active

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Collaboration Partners

One of the strongest ways to ensure that science is done effectively and efficiently in the midst of ever decreasing budgets is to collaborate.

Date published: July 12, 2017
Status: Active

Directions to Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center offices

The Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center has science and field offices in Virginia and West Virginia. Follow the directions to our offices.

Date published: July 11, 2017

WaterAlert and WaterNow

USGS WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters exceed user-definable thresholds for any USGS real-time stream or raingage, water-quality, or groundwater monitoring site.

USGS WaterNow allows to send a text or...

Date published: July 11, 2017

Real-Time Precipitation at Sites in Virginia and West Virginia

These interactive maps show current and cumulative rainfall total for precipitation sites in Virginia and West Virginia.  Map provides real-time precipitation radar image to overlay from National Weather Service.

Visit Real-Time Precipitation Web site for: Virginia  |  ...

Date published: July 10, 2017
Status: Active

Contact the Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center

For more information and data, contact the Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center:

• Information Requests

Date published: July 7, 2017
Status: Active

Well Selection Information for Homeowners and PWS Personnel

Well Selection Information for Homeowners and PWS Personnel

Date published: July 5, 2017
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Analytes 2018

Samples are analyzed for a wide range of constituents, including physical parameters (such as pH and temperature), nutrients, major ions, trace elements including mercury and arsenic, Coliform bacteria, radon, total organic carbon, volatile organic compounds, and pesticides

Date published: July 4, 2017
Status: Active

Groundwater Sample Collection Methods

Collecting groundwater samples from a typical homeowner well...

Date published: June 28, 2017
Status: Active

Edge of Field Monitoring - Black Creek Watershed

Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Water Science Center is monitoring the effects of best management practices (BMP's) on baseflow and storm runoff in the Black Creek watershed near Harlan, IN. We will be sampling water-quality intensively for 5 years from overland field, subsurface tile, and in-stream runoff events. Results will be used to model the effectiveness of BMP’s in reducing nutrient and...

Date published: June 24, 2017
Status: Active

Hampton Roads Benchmark Monitoring Network

The southern Chesapeake Bay region is experiencing land subsidence along with rising sea levels, both of which can contribute to coastal flooding. The rates at which these two processes are occurring are not exactly known. Mapping of land elevation change requires ground-truth survey data at multiple locations that are accurate and precise. With the exception of a few CORS sites that have...

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Relationships between regional coastal land cover distributions and elevation reveal data uncertainty in a sea-level rise impacts model

Understanding land loss or resilience in response to sea-level rise (SLR) requires spatially extensive and continuous datasets to capture landscape variability. We investigate sensitivity and skill of a model that predicts dynamic response likelihood to SLR across the northeastern U.S. by exploring several data inputs and outcomes. Using...

Lentz, Erika E.; Plant, Nathaniel G.; Thieler, E. Robert

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Identifying common decision problem elements for the management of emerging fungal diseases of wildlife

Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) of wildlife have characteristics that make them difficult to manage, leading to reactive and often ineffective management strategies. Currently, two fungal pathogens, Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal), are causing declines in novel host species. To improve the...

Bernard, R. F.; Campbell Grant, Evan H.

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Assessment of undiscovered copper resources of the world, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the first-ever global assessment of undiscovered copper resources for the two most significant sources of global copper supply: porphyry copper deposits and sediment-hosted stratabound copper deposits. The geology-based study identified 236 areas for undiscovered copper in 11 regions of the world. Estimated...

Hammarstrom, Jane M.; Zientek, Michael L.; Parks, Heather L.; Dicken, Connie L.
Hammarstrom, J.M., Zientek, M.L., Parks, H.L., Dicken, C.L., and the U.S. Geological Survey Global Copper Mineral Resource Assessment Team, 2019, Assessment of undiscovered copper resources of the world, 2015 (ver.1.1, May 24, 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5160, 619 p. (including 3 chap., 3 app., glossary, and atlas of 236 page-size pls.), https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185160.

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oSCR: A spatial capture–recapture R package for inference about spatial ecological processes

Spatial capture–recapture (SCR) methods have become widely applied in ecology. The immediate adoption of SCR is due to the fact that it resolves some major criticisms of traditional capture–recapture methods related to heterogeneity in detectabililty, and the emergence of new technologies (e.g. camera traps, non‐invasive genetics) that have vastly...

Chris Sutherland; Royle, J. Andrew; Dan Linden

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Spatial integration of biological and social objectives to identify priority landscapes for waterfowl habitat conservation

Waterfowl population management and habitat conservation compose one of the oldest and most successful adaptive management frameworks in the world. Since its inception, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) has emphasized strategically targeted conservation investments in regions that most affect waterfowl population dynamics. By...

Krainyk, Anastasia; Lyons, James E.; Brasher, Michael G.; Humburg, Dale D.; Souilliere, Greg J.; Coluccy, John M.; Petrie, Mark J.; Howerter, David W.; Slattery, Stuart M.; Rice, Mindy B.; Fuller, Joe C.
Krainyk, A., Lyons, J.E., Brasher, M.G., Humburg, D.D., Soulliere, G.J., Coluccy, J.M., Petrie, M.J., Howerter, D.W., Slattery, S.M., Rice, M.B., and Fuller, J.C., 2019, Spatial integration of biological and social objectives to identify priority landscapes for waterfowl habitat conservation: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1029, 41 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191029.

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Geology of the Cornwall Quadrangle, Virginia

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Heller, Matthew J.; Carter, Mark W.; Wilkes, G.P.; Coiner, R.L.
Heller, M.J., Carter, M.W., Wilkes, G.P., and Coiner, L.V., 2019, Geology of the Cornwall quadrangle, Virginia: Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources Publication 184, 13 p.

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Integrated modeling reveals shifts in waterfowl population dynamics under climate change

1. Climate change has been identified as one of the most important drivers of wildlife populations. The development of appropriate conservation strategies relies on reliable predictions of population responses to climate change, which require in-depth understanding of the complex relationships between climate and population dynamics through...

Qing Zhao; Scott Boomer; Royle, Andy

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Remote sensing of river flow in Alaska—New technology to improve safety and expand coverage of USGS streamgaging

The U.S. Geological Survey monitors water level (water surface elevation relative to an arbitrary datum) and measures streamflow in Alaska rivers to compute and compile river flow records for use by water resource planners, engineers, and land managers to design infrastructure, manage floodplains, and protect life, property, and aquatic resources...

Conaway, Jeff; Eggleston, John R.; Legleiter, Carl J.; Jones, John W.; Kinzel, Paul J.; Fulton, John W.
Conaway, J.S., Eggleston, J., Legleiter, C.J., Jones, J.W., Kinzel, P.J., and Fulton, J.W., 2019, Remote sensing of river flow in Alaska—New technology to improve safety and expand coverage of USGS streamgaging: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019-3024, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193024.

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Xenon hydrate as an analogue of methane hydrate in geologic systems out of thermodynamic equilibrium

Methane hydrate occurs naturally under pressure and temperature conditions that are not straightforward to replicate experimentally. Xenon has emerged as an attractive laboratory alternative to methane for studying hydrate formation and dissociation in multiphase systems, given that it forms hydrates under milder conditions. However, building...

Fu, Xiaojing; Waite, William F.; Cueto-Felgueroso, Luis; Juanes, Ruben

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Preliminary stage and streamflow data at selected U.S. Geological Survey streamgages in New England for the floods of April 2019

The combination of rainfall and snowmelt in northern New England and rainfall in southern New England resulted in minor to major flooding from April 15 to 24, 2019, according to stage and streamflow data collected at 63 selected U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages. A typical USGS streamgage measures and records stream stage and estimates...

Kiah, Richard G.; Smith, Brianna A.; Stasulis, Nicholas W.
Kiah, R.G, Smith, B.A. and Stasulis, N.W., 2019, Preliminary stage and streamflow data at selected U.S. Geological Survey streamgages in New England for the floods of April 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1051, 8 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191052.

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In ovo exposure to brominated flame retardants Part II: Assessment of effects of TBBPA-BDBPE and BTBPE on hatching success, morphometric and physiological endpoints in American kestrels

Tetrabromobisphenol A bis(2,3-dibromopropyl ether) (TBBPA-BDBPE) and 1,2-bis(2,4,6-tribromophenoxy)ethane (BTPBE) are both brominated flame retardants (BFRs) that have been detected in birds; however, their potential biological effects are largely unknown. We assessed the effects of embryonic exposure to TBBPA-BDBPE and BTBPE in a model avian...

Eng, Margaret; Karouna-Renier, Natalie K.; Henry, Paula F. P.; Letcher, Robert J.; Schultz, Sandra L.; Bean, Thomas G.; Peters, Lisa E.; Palace, Vince P.; Williams, Tony D.; Elliott, John E.; Fernie, Kim J.

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In ovo exposure to brominated flame retardants Part I: Assessment of effects of TBBPA-BDBPE on survival, morphometric and physiological endpoints in zebra finches

Tetrabromobisphenol A bis(2,3-dibromopropyl) ether (TBBPA-BDBPE) is an additive flame retardant used in polyolefins and polymers. It has been detected in biota, including in avian eggs, yet little is known of its effects. We assessed the pattern of TBBPA-BDBPE concentrations in songbird eggs over the incubation period, and the effects of embryonic...

Eng, Margaret; Williams, Tony D.; Fernie, Kim J.; Karouna-Renier, Natalie K.; Henry, Paula F. P.; Letcher, Robert J.; Elliott, John E.

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fantail of the R/V Savannah
April 14, 2018

fantail of the R/V Savannah

The fantail of the R/V Savannah loaded with USGS gear recovered from near Matanzas Inlet, FL.  The data collected by the sensors in winter 2018 will be used to assess storm effects on coastal inlet dynamics.
 

3DR Solo quadcopter is collecting imagery at Chimney Bluffs State Park in NY
April 13, 2018

3DR Solo quadcopter collecting imagery

A 3DR Solo quadcopter is collecting imagery at Chimney Bluffs State Park in NY. Using photogrammetric techniques, a 3D surface model was created providing elevation data. 

USGS team and R/V Savannah crew prepare to lower the quadpod deployed at the nearshore site onto the deck
April 13, 2018

Quadpod Recovery

USGS team and R/V Savannah crew prepare to lower the quadpod deployed at the nearshore site onto the deck during recovery operations.  Note all the hairy encrusting organisms that grew in 3 months and how close to the shoreline the ship is.

USGS personnel control chain as it went through a block on recovery of a seafloor platform.
April 13, 2018

Chain of Command

 USGS personnel control chain as it went through a block on recovery of a seafloor platform. The platform had been deployed off Matanzas Inlet, FL in winter 2018 to assess storm effects on coastal inlet dynamics.

Sunrise over the Atlantic near Matanzas Inlet, F
April 12, 2018

Sunrise over the Atlantic near Matanzas Inlet, FL

Sunrise over the Atlantic near Matanzas Inlet, FL. USGS was recovering seafloor platforms deployed to quantify storm effects on coastal inlet dynamics.

man standing next to tripod in front of a large watertower reading an instrument
April 11, 2018

Groundwater - Surveying - GNSS Suffolk County, Long Island, NY

Groundwater - Surveying - Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Suffolk County, Long Island, NY

3DR Solo quadcopter in flight
April 11, 2018

Quadcopter in flight

The 3DR Solo quadcopter in flight, with a Ricoh GRII camera mounted, taking pictures to be used in photogrammetric techniques to produce 3D surface models.

Image showing MTL contour, marsh edge, and example of calculating the marsh edge
April 9, 2018

Marsh edge browse graphhic

Image showing MTL contour, marsh edge, and example of calculating the marsh edge