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Date published: March 18, 2016
Status: Active

Classifying Coastal Wetland Vegetation Communities with Unsupervised Artificial Neural Networks

Wetlands are often classified by their vegetation, which can help scientists track how these landscapes change over time. USGS turns to unsupervised artificial neural networks to help guide this classification process.

Date published: March 17, 2016
Status: Active

Mapping Oil in Marshes and Its Implications

Remote sensing helps USGS scientists detect and map surface oil in coastal environments.

Date published: March 17, 2016
Status: Active

Optical and Radar Fusion: Mapping Coastal Marsh Dieback

With the help of remote sensing, USGS maps the progression of marsh dieback along the Louisiana coast.

Date published: August 27, 2013

Testing for Agricultural Runoff in the Missouri River - Video

Ride along as USGS scientists Richard Coupe and Joe Schatz sample the Missouri River near Hermann, Missouri. To view the video click here.

Date published: April 21, 2013

Agriculture - A River Runs Through It

Heather Welch, Claire Rose, and Richard Coupe, U.S. Geological Survey scientists involved in the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Study of Agricultural Chemical Transport (ACT) study, outline agricultural effects on water quality in the Mississippi Delta region. Topics include research results on nutrient modeling using the SPARROW model, environmental effects of biofuel production,...

Date published: April 3, 2013

We've Got A Model - Why Do We Need Data?

Anne Hoos and Ana Garcia discuss why data is important for the USGS nutrient loading model SPARROW. To view the video click here.

Date published: April 3, 2013

Modeling - The Ninth Art - Video

The art and science of SPARROW modeling. The steps of developing the SPARROW model. The other eight arts are: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music, Poetry, Dance, Theater and Cinema. To view the video click here.

Contacts: Anne B Hoos
Date published: April 3, 2013

Results of the ACT Study - Biofuels

Interview by Richard Coupe (U.S. Geological Survey) and Heather Welch -- a scientist involved in the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Study of Agricultural Chemical Transport (ACT)-- on her research results on environmental effects of biofuel production. To view the video click here.

Date published: April 3, 2013

Results of the ACT Study - Glyphosphate

Richard Coupe (U.S. Geological Survey) summarizes research results of glyphosate and water quality as part of the the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Study of Agricultural Chemical Transport (ACT). To view the video click here.

Date published: April 1, 2013

Thoughts from ACT Study Farmers - Lawrence Murphy

Claire Rose (USGS) and Richard Coupe (USGS) talk with Lawrence Murphy about farming and Agricultural Chemical Transport Study research done on his farm in the Mississippi Delta. To view the video click here.

Date published: April 1, 2013

Results of the ACT Study - Metolachlor

Interview by Richard Coupe (US Geological Survey) of Claire Rose- a scientist involved in the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Study of Agricultural Chemical Transport (ACT)on research results of metolachlor transport. To view the video click here.

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Year Published: 2019

Instructions for running the analytical code PAT (Purge Analyzer Tool) for computation of in-well time of travel of groundwater under pumping conditions

IntroductionUnderstanding the optimal time needed to purge a well while pumping to collect a representative groundwater sample requires an understanding of groundwater flow in wells (in-well flow). Parameters that affect in-well flow include the hydraulic properties of the aquifer, well construction, drawdown from pumping, and pump rate. The time...

Harte, P.T.; Huffman, B.J.; Perina, Tomas; Levine, Herb; Rojas-Mickelson, Daewon
Harte, P.T., Huffman, B.J., Perina, T., Levine, H., and Rojas-Mickelson, D., 2019, Instructions for running the analytical code PAT (Purge Analyzer Tool) for computation of in-well time of travel of groundwater under pumping conditions: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1104, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191104.

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The importance of natural versus human factors for ecological conditions of streams and rivers

Streams are influenced by watershed-scale factors, such as climate, geology, topography, hydrology, and soils, which mostly vary naturally among sites, as well as human factors, agriculture and urban development. Thus, natural factors could complicate assessment of human disturbance. In the present study, we use structural equation modeling and...

Tang, Tao; Stevenson, R. Jan; Grace, James

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Estimating the value of mangrove leaf litter in sesarmid crab diets: The importance of fractionation factors

Sesarmid crabs play an important role in organic matter and carbon cycling of mangrove forests. Visual observations and gut content studies have verified that sesarmid crabs are feeding on mangrove leaves, yet stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen (13C and 15N) have indicated that leaf litter is not assimilated as a food source. Sesarmid...

MacKenzie, R.A.; Cormier, N.; Demopoulos, Amanda

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2019 Disaster Relief Act: USGS recovery activities

The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 2157) was signed by the President on June 6, 2019. The U.S. Geological Survey received $98.5 million for repair and replacement of facilities and equipment, collection of high-resolution elevation data in affected areas, and scientific assessments to support recovery...

Hinck, Jo Ellen; Stachyra, Joseph
Hinck, J.E., and Stachyra, J., 2019, 2019 Disaster Relief Act—USGS recovery activities: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3066, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193066.

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Serum iron analytes in healthy and diseased Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris)

Serum iron concentration is usually decreased in true iron deficiency and with inflammatory disease in man and domestic animals. Serum total iron binding capacity (TIBC) may be increased in true iron deficiency and decreased with inflammatory disease. This prospective study was designed to measure serum iron analytes in healthy free-ranging and...

Harvey, John W.; Harr, Kendal E; Murphy, David; Walsh, Michael T.; deWit, Martine; Deutsch, Charles J.; Bonde, Robert

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The potential resiliency of a created tidal marsh to sea-level rise

The purpose of this study was to determine the elevation dynamics of a created tidal marsh on the North Carolina coast. Deep rod surface elevation tables (RSET) and feldspar marker horizons (MH) were installed in plots to measure net surface elevation changes and to quantify contributing processes. Twelve total plots were placed on four elevation...

Kamrath, Brock J. W.; Burchell, Michael R.; Cormier, Nicole; Krauss, Ken W.; Johnson, Darren

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Genetic Characterization of Non-Native African Jewelfish, Hemichromis letourneuxi Sauvage 1880, in Florida

The African Jewelfish, Hemichromis letourneuxi, is an invasive, predatory cichlid fish introduced at least once to Florida. Its native range is in northern Africa. First encountered in Miami in the 1960s, it has since been found west and north within the State of Florida. It thrives in a wide range of aquatic habitats, including shallow,...

Belfiore, Natalia M.; Schofield, Pamela J.

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Columbia Environmental Research Center

The U.S. Geological Survey Columbia Environmental Research Center performs research to solve challenging environmental problems related to contaminants and habitat alterations in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The research is interdisciplinary and pursued through partnerships within the U.S. Geological Survey and with national, international...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2019, Columbia Environmental Research Center: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3040, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193040.

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Riverscape correlates for distribution of threatened spotfin chub Erimonax monachus in the Tennessee River Basin, USA

Globally, aquatic biodiversity is imperiled at an increasing rate, especially in diversity hotspots such as the southeastern USA. The spotfin chub Erimonax monachus is a federally threatened minnow with a disjunct distribution resulting from numerous impoundments on the Tennessee River and its tributaries in the heart of the southeastern...

Perkin, Joshuah S.; Gibbs, W. Keith; Ridgway, Josey Lee; Cook, S. Bradford

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Targeting wildlife crime interventions through geographic profiling

Seeing an animal hanging lifelessly from a snare is a heart-wrenching experience. Knowing that most animals caught in snares are left to rot without being used for meat or any other purpose might be worse. Over an eight-year period, 2001–2009, we recorded 10,231 incidents of illegal hunting in a wildlife conservation area in southeastern Zimbabwe...

Romanach, Stephanie; Faulkner, Sally C.; Stevens, Michael C.A.; Lindsey, Peter A.; Le Comber, Steven C.

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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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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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New Map Turtle in Louisiana and Mississippi

USGS researchers discovered a new species of turtle. The Pearl River map turtle makes its home in the Pearl River of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Land-Cover Modeling - Alexandria, Louisiana - B2 Scenario

Alexandria, Louisiana
2006 to 2050 Land-cover Change
IPCC SRES B2 Scenario

 

The IPCC SRES B2 scenario focuses on environmentally friendly lifestyles and local solutions to social and environmental problems. The emphasis on regional self-reliance results in a desire for local food and energy products. Environmental impacts on the

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Image: Studying Louisiana Marshland

Studying Louisiana Marshland

Dr. Lee Foote, National Wetlands Research Center, studies a Louisiana marshland.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Paul Frederick and Mike Descant make sure there is enough clearance for their boat to drive under a bridge on the Atchafalaya River near Melville, La. 

Image: Louisiana Black Bear and Cubs

Louisiana Black Bear and Cubs

A threatened Louisiana black bear and her cubs up in a tree.

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September 14, 2005

U.S. Geological Survey scientists report that preliminary analysis of satellite data indicate Hurricane Katrina caused substantial marsh loss in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.

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September 6, 2005

The USGS is releasing today a 25-minute videotape of footage showing coastal impacts resulting from Hurricane Katrina along the coastline of the northern Gulf of Mexico.

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September 6, 2005

The USGS is releasing today a 25-minute videotape of footage showing coastal impacts resulting from Hurricane Katrina along the coastline of the northern Gulf of Mexico.

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September 2, 2005

 

The USGS has posted aerial photos from the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline showing before and after conditions in response to Hurricane Katrina. The photos show five photo pairs of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, and three photo pairs of Dauphin Island, Alabama. A set of ‘quick response’ photos from Bay St. Louis to Biloxi, Mississippi are also posted.

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September 2, 2005

 

The USGS has posted aerial photos from the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline showing before and after conditions in response to Hurricane Katrina. The photos show five photo pairs of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, and three photo pairs of Dauphin Island, Alabama. A set of ‘quick response’ photos from Bay St. Louis to Biloxi, Mississippi are also posted.

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September 2, 2005

"The past several days have seen remarkable devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this disaster," said USGS Acting Director Pat Leahy. "In the aftermath of Katrina, USGS research on hurricanes and natural hazards is no longer just a scientific endeavor – it is a matter of public safety."

USGS
September 2, 2005

"The past several days have seen remarkable devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this disaster," said USGS Acting Director Pat Leahy. "In the aftermath of Katrina, USGS research on hurricanes and natural hazards is no longer just a scientific endeavor – it is a matter of public safety."

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August 31, 2005

The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center, headquartered in Lafayette, La., is responding to both humanitarian and scientific needs of people and agencies involved in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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August 29, 2005

Did you know that from your desk you can monitor the effect of Hurricane Katrina as it moves inland? The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) WaterWatch Web site can show you what’s happening to streams in your local area and show you the places most affected by heavy rains expected from this storm.

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August 1, 2005

In its latest report on water use in the United States, the USGS looked at the nation's dependence on ground water. The report entitled Estimated Withdrawals from Principal Aquifers in the United States, 2000, provides details of ground-water withdrawals and use from principal aquifers in each state.

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February 10, 2005

The preliminary magnitude 4.1 earthquake that shook eastern Arkansas and western Tennessee at 8:04 a.m. Central Standard Time is cited by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as yet another wake-up call to the central United States about the serious potential for earthquakes, the hazard it poses to those living in the region, and the need to strengthen the region’s buildings and structures.

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February 10, 2005

The preliminary magnitude 4.1 earthquake that shook eastern Arkansas and western Tennessee at 8:04 a.m. Central Standard Time is cited by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as yet another wake-up call to the central United States about the serious potential for earthquakes, the hazard it poses to those living in the region, and the need to strengthen the region’s buildings and structures.