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Date published: July 21, 2016

Using Quantile Regression to Investigate Ecological Limiting Factors

Unexplained heterogeneity in statistical models of animal responses to their physical environment is reasonable to expect because the measured habitat resources are a constraint on—but not the sole determinant of—abundance, survival, fecundity, or fitness. The ecological understanding and reliability of management predictions based on animal habitat models can be improved by shifting focus ...

Date published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. Without this information, NAWMP population, habitat, and people objectives may not reflect stakeholder and societal values; and management...

Date published: July 19, 2016

Quantitative and Statistical Research Collaboration

Mathematical and statistical models are powerful research tools that play several important roles in conceptualizing and understanding the structure and dynamics of complicated ecological systems, including developing mechanistic hypotheses pertaining to ecological systems, designing studies that elucidate ecosystem structure and function, and extracting information from data.

Date published: June 22, 2016

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Outreach Program

The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) is federal legislation enacted in 1990 designed to identify, prepare, and fund construction of coastal wetlands restoration projects.

Contacts: Kathryn Spear
Date published: June 22, 2016

Status and Trends of Emergent Wetlands in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: 1950-2010

Throughout the past century, emergent wetlands have been declining across the Gulf of Mexico. Emergent wetland ecosystems provide a plethora of resources including plant and wildlife habitat, commercial and recreational economic activity, water quality, and natural barriers against storms.

Contacts: Kathryn Spear
Date published: June 2, 2016
Status: Active

A Climate Change Adaptation Plan in Response to Sea Level Rise for the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana

This project will create a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana (Chitimacha), serving as an implementable plan for coastal community adaptation to climate change that can be used as a model in other small communities.

Contacts: Kathryn Spear
Date published: May 26, 2016

Mapping Marsh Structure with Polarimetric Radar: Highlighting Change in Oil Spill Impacted Marshes

While the historic focus of vegetation condition is the bulk live and dead compositions, these variables provide no information on the structure of vegetation (density and orientation). Canopy structure information is critical for monitoring status and trends, and essential in climate, weather, and ecological studies.

Date published: May 11, 2016
Status: Active

Rate and Process of Mangrove Forest Expansion on Carbon Relations in Coastal Louisiana

Field observations over recent decades have confirmed mangrove expansion landward in tropical zones and poleward in temperate saltmarsh settings around the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Date published: May 9, 2016
Status: Active

Supporting River and Delta Science through Data Management and Visualization

Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study (MRHDMS)is the first large-scale, long-term restoration assessment initiated under the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Program.

Date published: May 6, 2016

Two Hundred Years of Forest Change in the Tensas River Basin

Prescriptions in the forest habitat management plan for Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge are designed to produce a forest once represented in the Tensas Basin. There are several problems with reconstructing original forests. In most areas, conditions have changed since these forests were cut; particularly, hydrology, soils, and climatic conditions.

Date published: May 4, 2016

GIS Support and Spatial Analysis Support for the Louisiana Division of Administration, State Land Office

The Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC) first implemented geographic information systems (GIS) in 1980 to assist in monitoring the nature and extent of wetland habitat changes. The geospatial capabilities at the Coastal Restoration Assessment Branch (CRAB), in part, grew out of that initial effort and now use GIS, remote sensing, and other computer based technologies to address a wide...

Date published: May 3, 2016
Status: Active

Structured Decision-Making to Facilitate Multi-Stakeholder Coastal Conservation and Restoration under Climate Change Uncertainties: Case Study on Barrier Island of the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Barrier island resource managers within the northern Gulf of Mexico have the opportunity to more directly incorporate scientific uncertainties and technological challenges inherent with large-scale barrier island restoration projects, and as such, commit to developing robust long-term monitoring programs and applying adaptive management.

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Year Published: 2019

Climatic controls on the distribution of foundation plant species in coastal wetlands of the conterminous United States: Knowledge gaps and emerging research needs

Foundation plant species play a critical role in coastal wetlands, often modifying abiotic conditions that are too stressful for most organisms and providing the primary habitat features that support entire ecological communities. Here, we consider the influence of climatic drivers on the distribution of foundation plant species within coastal...

Osland, Michael; Grace, James; Guntenspergen, Glenn; Thorne, Karen; Carr, Joel; Feher, Laura

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Plant community establishment in a coastal marsh restored using sediment additions

A goal of wetland restoration is the establishment of resilient plant communities that persist under a variety of environmental conditions. We investigated the role of intraspecific and interspecific variation on plant community establishment in a brackish marsh that had been restored by sediment addition. Plant growth, sediment accretion, and...

Howard, Rebecca; Rafferty, Patricia S.; Johnson, Darren J.

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Fire disturbance influences endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow (Ammopiza maritima mirabilis) relative bird count

Periodicity of fire disturbance is a known driver of ecosystem function and is reported as important in both promoting and maintaining viable breeding habitat for the endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow (Ammospiza maritima mirabilis; CSSS). In south Florida, the CSSS serves as a fine‐scale indicator of the marl and mixed‐marl prairie communities...

Benscoter, Allison; Beerens, James (Contractor); Pearlstine, Leonard G.; Romanach, Stephanie

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Year Published: 2019

Groundwater availability in the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system

Executive SummaryThe study described in this report, initiated by the U.S. Geological Survey in 2014, was designed to evaluate fresh groundwater resources within the Ozark Plateaus, central United States, as an area within a broader national assessment of groundwater availability. The goals of the Ozark study were to evaluate historical effects of...

Clark, Brian R.; Duncan, Leslie L.; Knierim, Katherine J.
Clark, B.R., Duncan, L.L., and Knierim, K.J., 2019, Groundwater availability in the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1854, 82 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1854.

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Tropical cyclones and the organization of mangrove forests: A review

Background Many mangrove ecosystems are periodically exposed to high velocity winds and surge from tropical cyclones and often recover with time and continue to provide numerous societal benefits in the wake of storm events. Scope This review focuses on the drivers and disturbance mechanisms (visible and functional) that tropical cyclones of...

Krauss, Ken; Osland, Michael

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Year Published: 2019

Catalog of microscopic organisms of the Everglades, part 2—The desmids of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (refuge), Boynton Beach, Florida, contains approximately 147,000 acres southeast of Lake Okeechobee. Water quality in the interior portion of the refuge is strongly influenced by rainfall, resulting in slightly acidic waters with low dissolved ions. Desmids, a unique, ornate group of...

Rosen, Barry H.; Stahlhut, Katherine N.; Hall, John D.
Rosen, B.H., Stahlhut, K.N., and Hall, J.D., 2019, Catalog of microscopic organisms of the Everglades, part 2—The desmids of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5074, 277 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195074.

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Withdrawal and consumption of water by thermoelectric power plants in the United States, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey has developed models to estimate thermoelectric water use based on linked heat and water budgets. The models produced plant-level withdrawal and consumption estimates using consistent methods for 1,122 water-using, utility-scale thermoelectric power plants in the United States for 2015. Total estimated withdrawal for...

Harris, Melissa A.; Diehl, Timothy H.
Harris, M.A., and Diehl, T.H., 2019, Withdrawal and consumption of water by thermoelectric power plants in the United States, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5103, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195103.

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Water for Long Island: Now and for the future

Do you ever wonder where your water comes from? If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County, the answer is, groundwater. Groundwater is water that started out as precipitation (rain and snow melt) and seeped into the ground. This seepage recharges the freshwater stored underground, in the spaces between the grains of sand and gravel in what are...

Masterson, John; Breault, Robert
Masterson, J.P., and Breault, R., 2019, Water for Long Island—Now and for the future: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3052, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193052.

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Standardizing a non-lethal method for characterizing the reproductive status and larval development of freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionoida)

Actively monitoring the timing, development, and reproductive patterns of endangered species is critical when managing for population recovery. Freshwater mussels are among the most imperiled organisms in the world, but information about early larval (glochidial) development and brooding periods is still lacking for many species. Previous studies...

Beaver, Caitlin; Geda, Susan; Johnson, Nathan

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Reaffirmed occurrence of two vulnerable caddisfly species of conservation concern

Maramec Spring is home to two Ozark endemic caddisfly Species of Conservation Concern (SOCC). The Missouri Glyphospsyche Caddisfly, Glyphospsyche missouri, (Critically Imperiled; State Rank-S1; Global Rank-G1) is known from Maramec Spring and the receiving spring branch and nowhere else in the world. Similarly, the Artesian Agapetus Caddisfly,...

Mabee, William; Schuhmann, Andrea; Poulton, Barry C.; Girondo, Jennifer; Swee, Wes; Buckley, Tealetha; Bowles, David; Bowles, Beth; Rhodes, Russell

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Prediction and inference of flow-duration curves using multi-output neural networks

We develop multi-output neural network models (MNNs) to predict flow-duration curves (FDCs) in 9,203 ungaged locations in the Southeastern United States for six decades between 1950-2009. The model architecture contains multiple response variables in the output layer that correspond to individual quantiles along the FDC. During training,...

Worland, Scott C.; Steinschneider, Scott; Asquith, William H.; Knight, Rodney; Wieczorek, Michael E.

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Applying the ecology of aquatic–terrestrial linkages to freshwater and riparian management

Global stressors such as climate change, invasive species, urbanization, agricultural practices, and pollution can alter aquatic resource subsidies to terrestrial consumers. The effects of these stressors on timing, quality, and quantity of aquatic subsidies, such as adult aquatic insects, to birds, herpetofauna, and mammals, have large...

Kraus, Johanna M.

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Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

Floodwaters rise in Baton Rouge, La.

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May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Paul Frederick and Mike Descant prepare to take streamflow measurements on the the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Mike Descant and Cindy Sibley take water quality measurements on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Mike Descant and Cindy Sibley take water quality measurements on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientist Mike Descant takes water quality measurements on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists take water quality measurements on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Mike Descant and Cindy Sibley take water quality measurements on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

The floodwaters rise on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

A traveling USGS water quality lab.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Paul Frederick and Mike Descant take streamflow measurements on the the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientist Paul Frederick manually checks the water levels near a streamgage on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientist Paul Frederick checks a streamgage on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, La.

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May 2, 2011

U.S. Geological Survey field crews continue to measure historic flooding across most of Arkansas. 

River levels are still rising in parts of the state; many have increased by as much as 15 to 30 feet since heavy rainfall began on April 22. Near real-time river level and streamflow information from 149 USGS Arkansas streamgage locations is available online. 

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April 26, 2011

The National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council has issued a new report in which independent experts conclude that current USGS estimates for significant earthquake hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone—affecting eight central and eastern U.S states—are based on sound science.

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April 26, 2011

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring all-time record flooding on the Illinois River in Northwestern Arkansas. 

Twelve USGS streamgages in northern Arkansas have measured the highest flood levels ever recorded. Two out of the 12 sites have long-term streamflow records since 1979.

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April 26, 2011

Heavy rainfall of more than 10 inches during the last 24 hours has caused substantial flooding in parts of Southern Missouri. 

Today, there are 19 U.S. Geological Survey scientists out in the field collecting critical streamflow data, which are vital for protection of life, property and the environment. 

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April 25, 2011

Heavy rainfall of more than 8 inches in northwestern Arkansas has caused substantial flooding in parts of the White River and Arkansas River Basins.

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February 18, 2011

Nearly 60 small and moderate earthquakes struck Arkansas since Feb. 15, 2011, the most recent a magnitude 4.3 earthquake this morning 37 miles away from Little Rock. Many of the earthquakes are large enough to be felt.

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February 9, 2011

Earthquakes pose an ongoing hazard to people, buildings, and infrastructure in St. Louis and surrounding areas.

One of the known sources of large earthquakes in the past is the New Madrid seismic zone.

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January 14, 2011

Matthew Andersen has been selected as the Deputy Center Director of the U. S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, La.

The NWRC develops and disseminates scientific information needed for understanding the ecology and value of the Nation's wetlands and for managing and restoring wetland habitats and associated plant and animal communities. 

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January 10, 2011

Large wildlife die-off events are fairly common, though they should never be ignored, according to the U.S. Geological Survey scientists whose preliminary tests showed that the bird deaths in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve and those in Louisiana were caused by impact trauma.

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November 30, 2010

Growing corn for biofuels production is having unintended effects on water quality and quantity in northwestern Mississippi.

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November 23, 2010

Phil Turnipseed has been selected as the Director of the U. S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, La.

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November 17, 2010

Approximately 13 million metric tons of rare earth elements (REE) exist within known deposits in the United States, according to the first-ever nationwide estimate of these elements by the U.S. Geological Survey.