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Date published: April 16, 2016
Status: Active

Climate Change Effects on Coastal Marsh Foundation Species

Mangrove forests have migrated inland over the past few decades at many locations along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. This expansion has been attributed to factors associated with climate change, such as increased salinity resulting from sea-level rise and longer intervals between winter freezes, which can kill cold-intolerant mangrove species. 

Date published: April 16, 2016
Status: Active

GIS and Custom Application Support for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

The scientists at the Wetland and Aquatic Science Center (WARC) have provided coastal restoration project managers and decision makers with GIS planning, database and custom application capacity since 1992. The scope and complexity of this support has increased over the years and has resulted in the development of a comprehensive geospatial and advanced application teams that provide decision...

Date published: April 16, 2016

Spatial Analysis Support for Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (Breaux Bill) Planning Activities

WARC first implemented geographic information systems (GIS) in 1980 to help monitor the nature and extent of wetland habitat changes. The center continues to use GIS, remote sensing, and other computer based technologies to address a wide range of natural resource related issues. 

Date published: April 16, 2016
Status: Active

Visual Guide to Louisiana Plants: A Web Based Searchable Plant Database and Photo Gallery of the Plants of Louisiana

Quality photographs of plant species are rare on the internet, often difficult to find, and are generally copyrighted, preventing them from being used by government agencies and non-government organizations, academics and the general public.

Date published: April 15, 2016

Morphology Modeling in Support of the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan

In support of Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan, USGS WARC scientists have developed a spatially explicit wetland morphology model and coupled it with other predictive models to help predict the effects of protection and restoration projects. 

Date published: April 14, 2016
Status: Active

Geographic Information and Technical Support

USGS WARC first implemented geographic information systems (GIS) in 1980 to assist in monitoring the nature and extent of wetland habitat changes. Today, geographers and support staff create, maintain, and use geospatial data to analyze restoration efforts in Louisiana. 

Date published: April 14, 2016

Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Ecosystem Restoration Program – Adaptive Management and Monitoring Planning and Implementation Support

Adaptive management (AM) is an iterative science-based process that accepts uncertainties in ecological systems and uses best available science and technology such as research, modeling, experimentation, monitoring and evaluation to address uncertainties. 

Contacts: Michelle Meyers
Date published: April 13, 2016

Understanding Coastal Change

Scientists perform a range of studies that document, assess, and model coastal change, risk, and vulnerability. Studies include historical shoreline change, the geologic structure and history of coastal regions, sediment supply and transport, sea-level rise, and how extreme storm events affect rates and impacts of coastal change.

Date published: April 13, 2016

Geologic Hazards and Catastrophic Events

We study the distribution and hazard potential of coastal and submarine events such as earthquakes and submarine landslides and associated tsunami potential, hurricane induced coastal inundation, extreme storms, sea-level rise and oil and gas spills. We also model development to help evaluate and forecast coastal hazard probability and occurrence.

Date published: April 13, 2016

Ocean Resources for America's Needs

Our scientists conduct research studies focused on geologic mapping, sampling and understanding of mineral and energy resources and studies of the geologic setting and processes to inform renewable energy development offshore.

Date published: April 13, 2016

Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Science

We bring together multidisciplinary expertise focused on developing tools and models to improve understanding of how healthy ecosystems function as well as how they respond to environmental changes and human impacts including ecosystem restoration. Research studies address coral reef, coastal wetland, benthic habitat and groundwater resources.

Date published: April 12, 2016
Status: Active

USGS Library

The USGS Library, managed by CSAS&L, supports all fundamental scientific research conducted within USGS. It serves both internal and external customers with comprehensive access to literature, data, and information necessary understand USGS mission areas and make critical decisions about how to proceed with research initiatives and investigations in the earth and natural sciences.

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Year Published: 2021

Scientific contributions of the Mangrove Macrobenthos and Management (MMM) conference series, 2000-2019

The conservation of mangrove forests has become an important international policy priority in recent decades, and is mirrored by a large increase in research interest. Multiple disciplines now use mangroves as a study system, from molecular biology to social science. The variety of research conducted in mangroves is exemplified by the Mangrove...

Friess, Daniel A.; Dahdouh-Guebas, Farid; Satyanarayana, Behara; Cannicci, Stefano; Vannini, Marco; Chua, Siew Chin; Duke, Norman; Feller, Ilka C.; Jaafer, Zeehan; Jayatissa, L.P.; Koedam, Nico; Krauss, Ken; Lee, Shing Yip; Mancera Pineda, Jose Ernesto; Ruwa, Renison; Yando, Erik S.

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Year Published: 2020

2020 drought in New England

Below average and infrequent rainfall from May through September 2020 led to an extreme hydrologic drought across much of New England, with some areas experiencing a flash drought, reflecting its quick onset. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recorded record-low streamflow and groundwater levels throughout the region. In September, the U.S....

Lombard, Pamela J.; Barclay, Janet R.; McCarthy, Dee-Ann E.
Lombard, P.J., Barclay, J.R., and McCarthy, D.E., 2020, 2020 drought in New England (ver. 1.1, February 2021): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1148, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201148.

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Mapping Phragmites australis live fractional cover in the lower Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana

In response to a co-occurring non-native scale infestation and Phragmites australis dieback in southeast Louisiana, normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) satellite mapping was implemented to track P. australis condition in the lower Mississippi River Delta. While the NDVI mapping successfully documented relative condition changes,...

Rangoonwala, Amina; Howard, Rebecca J.; Ramsey III, Elijah W.
Rangoonwala, A., Howard, R.J., and Ramsey, E.W., III, 2020, Mapping Phragmites australis live fractional cover in the lower Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana (ver. 1.1, January 2021): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1131, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201131.

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Council monitoring and assessment program (CMAP): Common monitoring program attributes and methodologies for the Gulf of Mexico Region

Executive Summary Under the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act), the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council or Council) is required to report on the progress of funded projects and programs. Systematic monitoring of restoration at...

Bosch, Julie; Burkart, Heidi B; Chivoiu, Bogdan; Clark, Randy; Clement, Chris; Enwright, Nicholas; Giordano, Steve; Jeffrey, Chris; Johnson, Ed; Hart, Rheannon; Hile, Sarah D; Howell, Jacob S; Laurenzano, Claudia; Lee, Michael; McCloskey, Terrance; McTigue, Terry; Meyers, Michelle B; Miller, Katie E; Mize, Scott; Monaco, Mark E.; Owen, Kevin; Rebich, Richard; Rendon, Samuel H.; Robertson, Ali; Sample, Thomas; Sanks, Kelly Marie; Steyer, Gregory; Suir, Kevin; Swarzenski, Christopher M.; Thurman, Hana Rose

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Year Published: 2020

Procedures and best practices for trigonometric leveling in the U.S. Geological Survey

With the advent of highly precise total stations and modern surveying instrumentation, trigonometric leveling has become a compelling alternative to conventional leveling methods for establishing vertical-control networks and for perpetuating a datum to field sites. Previous studies of trigonometric-leveling measurement uncertainty proclaim that...

Noll, Michael L.; Rydlund, Jr., Paul H.
Noll, M.L., and Rydlund, P.H., 2020, Procedures and best practices for trigonometric leveling in the U.S. Geological Survey: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 11, chap. D3, 94 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm11D3.

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Water resources of Red River Parish, Louisiana

Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Red River Parish, Louisiana, is critical for proper water-supply management. The purpose of this fact sheet is to present information that can be used by water managers, parish residents, and others for stewardship of this vital resource. In 2014, about 5.76 million gallons per...

Robinson, Angela L.; White, Vincent E.
Robinson, A.L., and White, V.E., 2020, Water resources of Red River Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3053, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203053.

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Water resources of Bienville Parish, Louisiana

Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, is critical for proper water-supply management. The purpose of this fact sheet is to present information that can be used by water managers, parish residents, and others for stewardship of this vital resource. In 2014, about 13.03 million gallons per...

Robinson, Angela L.; White, Vincent E.
Robinson, A.L., and White, V.E., 2020, Water resources of Bienville Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3052, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203052.

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Simulation of groundwater flow in the regional aquifer system on Long Island, New York, for pumping and recharge conditions in 2005–15

A three-dimensional groundwater-flow model was developed for the aquifer system of Long Island, New York, to evaluate (1) responses of the hydrologic system to changes in natural and anthropogenic hydraulic stresses, (2) the subsurface distribution of groundwater age, and (3) the regional-scale distribution of groundwater travel times and the...

Walter, Donald A.; Masterson, John P.; Finkelstein, Jason S.; Monti, Jr., Jack; Misut, Paul E.; Fienen, Michael N.
Walter, D.A., Masterson, J.P., Finkelstein, J.S., Monti, J., Jr., Misut, P.E., and Fienen, M.N., 2020, Simulation of groundwater flow in the regional aquifer system on Long Island, New York, for pumping and recharge conditions in 2005–15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5091, 75 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205091.

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Water resources of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana

Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, is critical for proper water-supply management. The purpose of this fact sheet is to present information that can be used by water managers, parish residents, and others for stewardship of this vital resource. In 2014, 364 million gallons per day...

White, Vincent E.
White, V.E., 2020, Water resources of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3054, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203054.

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Considerations for incorporating quality control into water quality sampling strategies for the U.S. Geological Survey

This report describes considerations for incorporating routine quality-assessment and quality-control evaluations into U.S. Geological Survey discrete water-sampling programs and projects. U.S. Geological Survey water-data science in 2020 is characterized by robustness, external reproducibility, collaborative large-volume data analysis, and...

Medalie, Laura
Medalie, L., 2020, Considerations for incorporating quality control into water quality sampling strategies for the U.S. Geological Survey: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1109, 5 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201109.

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Quality of data from the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Network for water years 2013–17

Water samples from 122 sites in the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Network were collected in 2013–17 to document ambient water-quality conditions in surface water of the United States and to determine status and trends of loads and concentrations for nutrients, contaminants, and sediment to estuaries and streams. Quality-control (QC...

Medalie, Laura; Bexfield, Laura M.
Medalie, L., and Bexfield, L.M., 2020, Quality of data from the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Network for water years 2013–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5116, 21 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205116.

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Water levels and selected water-quality conditions in the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer in eastern Arkansas, 2014

In 2014, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Arkansas Geological Survey and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, determined water-level altitudes in 468 wells in eastern Arkansas and collected water-quality samples from 144 wells. Water-level altitudes were calculated based on the measured depth to water in each well and used...

Rodgers, Kirk D.; Whaling, Amanda R.
Rodgers, K.D., and Whaling, A.R., 2020, Water levels and selected water-quality conditions in the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer in eastern Arkansas, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5123, 22 p., 3 pls., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205123.

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Image: Big Sioux River at Akron, Iowa, 2010
March 16, 2010

Big Sioux River at Akron, Iowa, 2010

U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic technician measuring streamflow at the Big Sioux River at Arkon, Iowa, on March 17, 2010, during flooding conditions.

Image: Big Sioux River at Akron, Iowa, 2010
March 16, 2010

Big Sioux River at Akron, Iowa, 2010

Flooding conditions at USGS streamgage 06485500, Big Sioux River at Arkon, Iowa, on March 17, 2010. Daily mean streamflow on this date was more than 30,000 cubic feet per second.

Highest stream mycotoxin concentrations were observed during spring snowmelt conditions in agricultural settings
January 2, 2010

Stream Mycotoxin Concentrations were Highest During Spring Snowmelt

Highest stream mycotoxin concentrations were observed during spring snowmelt conditions in agricultural settings such as pictured in this Iowa stream.

Baseflow measurements of field parameters (dissolved oxygen, water temperature, specific conductance, and pH)
September 14, 2009

Baseflow measurements of field parameters

The team of USGS scientists collected stream water samples before and after rainfall events for this study. In this photo a USGS scientist is taking measurements of field parameters (dissolved oxygen, water temperature, specific conductance, and pH) from New York Branch, Iowa, at low flow (baseflow) conditions.

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March 30, 2009

Effects of Sea-Level Rise on Coastal Wetlands in the Mississippi Delta

This video describes research being conducted by Dr. Karen McKee, USGS Research Ecologist, and her university partner, Dr. Julia Cherry. Their goal is to better understand the effects of sea-level rise and other global change factors on coastal wetlands in the Mississippi River Delta. This region contains over 40% of the U.S. wetlands in the lower 48 states These wetlands

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January 6, 2009

Simulated groundwater declines in Central Arkansas

A groundwater-flow model of the Mississippi embayment was used to evaluate changes in water-level altitudes after the addition of wells that simulate potential future pumping from the Sparta aquifer in the Bayou Meto-Grand Prairie area of eastern Arkansas (shown within the black outline) for the 30-year period from 2007 through 2037. The animation portrays the time-lapse

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January 6, 2009

The Mississippi embayment — Where Does the Water Come From?

As the animation begins, the land surface of the Mississippi embayment fades away to reveal underground geologic formations (shown as shades of blue, brown, and gray surfaces). A slice deep into the earth cuts off the eastern half of the embayment so we can peer into the formations (aquifers) beneath the surface. The lower portion of different colored water wells (orange,

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December 11, 2008

The Mississippi embayment — a look underground

Water, oil, and gas wells (shown as green lines) are drilled to hundreds or thousands of feet below land surface in an area known as the Mississippi embayment. Information gathered from these wells was used to create a 3D computer model of underground formations. Many of these formations (shown as shades of grey, blue, brown, or tan surfaces) consist of layers of sand and

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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.

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June 15, 2010

The  Little Missouri River in Southwest Arkansas experienced a flash flood Friday, with waters that rose over 20 feet in just 5 hours, killing 20 people. In response to this severe and unusual flooding the USGS deployed a team of scientists to document and study the flow and height of the floodwater as it coursed down the Little Missouri River and its tributaries.

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June 7, 2010

A team of scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey will be conducting a series of seismic profiling tests near the New Madrid Fault during the first part of June. Using the “Thumper” truck, researchers with the USGS and University of Texas hope to gather new insight into another region south of the New Madrid Fault zone that likely experienced large earthquakes 5000 to 7000 years ago.

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November 9, 2009

Concentrations of several major pesticides mostly declined or stayed the same in "Corn Belt" rivers and streams from 1996 to 2006, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

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September 24, 2009

USGS will Grant Universities $5 Million to Beef Up Public Safety Grants totaling $5 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are being awarded to 13 universities nationwide to upgrade critical earthquake monitoring networks and increase public safety.

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September 16, 2009

Levels of chloride, a component of salt, are elevated in many urban streams and groundwater across the northern U.S., according to a new government study. Chloride levels above the recommended federal criteria set to protect aquatic life were found in more than 40 percent of urban streams tested. The study was released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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June 16, 2009

Spring nutrient delivery to the northern Gulf of Mexico is among the highest measured by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in thirty years. Too many nutrients, which are essential for plant growth, are not necessarily a good thing.

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May 12, 2009

This summer, boaters and anglers might notice a few foreign objects in some of the backwaters and near-shore areas of Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River. Scientists will deploy small orange buoys supporting plastic containers of river water at several sites at various times this summer.

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April 8, 2009

USGS Shares Findings and Lessons from Ike at the 2009 National Hurricane Conference in Austin
The 2008 hurricane season made its mark on the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline by leaving it more vulnerable to future storms.

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April 1, 2009

Each of the 818 large watersheds in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB) has been ranked on the basis of SPARROW model estimates of nitrogen and phosphorus yields delivered to the Gulf of Mexico by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).