Unified Interior Regions

Region 5: Missouri Basin

USGS Science Centers in the Missouri Basin Region

For more information on what each center is doing in the Missouri Basin, please follow the links below!

Wyoming - Montana Water Science Center

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

Kansas Water Science Center

Nebraska Water Science Center

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Dakota Water Science Center

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Huckleberries are central to the diets of bears, grouse, and other animals, as well as being a cultural and food resource.
Date Published: April 12, 2016

Predicting changes in Bear Foods

Huckleberries are central to the diets of bears, grouse, and other animals, as well as being a cultural and food resource for humans. Approximately 15% of the diet of bears in the Whitefish range and Glacier National Park is huckleberries, and huckleberries help bears gain weight for hibernation. Changes in climate lead to changes in vegetation phenology, productivity, and quality that may...

Contacts: Tabitha Graves
Grizzly family tree.
Date Published: April 12, 2016

Grizzly Bear Family Tree

Building a family tree of grizzly bears can both satisfy our natural curiosity about bear society and answer many ecologically important questions about the ways bears interact with each other and the landscape.

Contacts: Tabitha Graves
Bear grass in Glacier NP.
Date Published: April 12, 2016

Greg Pederson's Past Projects

This work is interdisciplinary and would not be possible without the collaboration of colleagues and their respective institutions. Research funding over the years has been provided by 1) the U.S. Geological Survey's National Research Program (NRP), the Climate and Land Use Program (CLU), the Southwestern and Alaska Climate Science Center, the Western Mountain Initiative (WMI), and the...

Contacts: Greg Pederson
Muddy forest road.
Date Published: April 12, 2016

Improving our understanding of forest-road effects on substrate in headwater streams of the Southwest Crown of the Continent

In 2010, Congress established ten decade-long Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program projects to carry out fuel reduction and ecological restoration treatments on public lands across the country. The Southwest Crown of the Continent was selected as one of the locations under this initiative, given the importance of this region to the economic vitality of local communities and the...

Yellowstone stream temperature sampling.
Date Published: April 12, 2016
Status: Active

Developing stream temperature networks for the Greater Yellowstone to aid in managing aquatic resources under a changing climate

The topographic diversity and extensive area of protected public land within the Greater Yellowstone demonstrate the importance of this region as a natural resource reserve. Understanding the effects of anticipated changes in climate on aquatic resources and means for managing these resources will ultimately require accurate linkages between empirical data and regional climatic patterns. This...

Children examine the Loosing a Legacy exhibit at the MOST museum in Syracuse NY.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Repeat Photography Teacher Trunk

This trunk was made possible from a grant from NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. It is designed to get students thinking about measuring precipitation - snow and ice, as well as rain- not just to do it, but why we would want to do it.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Piegan Glacier 2009.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Vegetation - Sperry Glacier

This view of the northeast portion of Sperry Glacier shows evidence of the glacier's recession as well as the advancement of conifer species and other vegetation on the glacial moraines.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Piegan Glacier 2009.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Vegetation - Piegan Glacier

These photographs document another aspect of Glacier Park’s dynamic environment, vegetation change. Although Piegan Glacier has not melted noticeably, years of fire suppression and changing climate may have allowed the invasion of conifers in what was an open meadow in the foreground of the 1930 photo. Also, the demise of the ecologically important whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis ) is...

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Hidden Lake (b) 2009.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Vegetation - Hidden Lake (b)

Alpine regions along the shores of Hidden Lake (1943 m) show tremendous expansion of vegetation in this photo comparison, especially at the base of Bearhat Mountain.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Logan Pass 2009.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Vegetation - Logan Pass

Establishment of new growth and expansion of existing sparse vegetation is obvious along the upper ridge line (center of photo). Persistent snowpack in these alpine regions once deterred profusion of growth, but changing climate conditions have permitted these species to expand their range.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Thunderbird Glacier 2007.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Thunderbird Glacier

Thunderbird Glacier, Glacier National Park.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Hidden Lake (a) 2009.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Vegetation - Hidden Lake (a)

Vegetation ingrowth on the penninsula and surrounding lakeshore are evident in this pair of photos.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
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December 31, 2016

Well Drill in the Bakken Formation near Williston

Water truck in background is providing maintenance water to a producing well drilled in the Bakken Formation near Williston, North Dakota. 

Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park - 2016
December 31, 2016

Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park - 2016

Grinnell Glacier (J Scurlock, 09/15/16) has retreated to the mostly shaded, upper confines of the basin.   

Oil and Gas 2
December 31, 2016

Oil Wells in ND

Water is used for many direct aspects of unconventional oil and gas development including drilling, development, and maintenance of wells. (Photograph by Janet Carter, USGS)

Logan Glacier in Glacier National Park - 2016.
December 31, 2016

Logan Glacier in Glacier National Park - 2016.

Large moraines at the base of Logan Glacier (2016) mark the extent of the glacier before it began its retreat around 1850 AD.

December 31, 2016

An Introduction to MODIS Version 6 Data

This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 land data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). This video will cover how to learn more about MODIS Version 6 data using the LP DAAC website, the MODIS file naming

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December 31, 2016

Changes in Canopy Cover with NASA MODIS Leaf Area Index Data

Did you know that tree canopy cover can be measured from space? The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor onboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites can do just that by providing data that are used to calculate Leaf Area Index (LAI). LAI is a measurement of green leaf area in broadleaf tree canopies and needle surface area in coniferous tree canopies.

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December 31, 2016

Annual Progression of Global Vegetation with NASA MEaSUREs VIP

The seasonal progression of global vegetation is driven by the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis and its annual orbit around the Sun. In turn, global seasonality drives major changes in important environmental factors such as global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. This data visualization illustrates this phenomenon using weekly Enhanced Vegetation Index 2 (

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USGS employees and Flathead National Forest staff dig pits in the snow to examine snow structure and depth in Montana.
December 31, 2016

USGS employees and Flathead National Forest staff dig pits in the snow

USGS employees and Flathead National Forest staff dig pits in the snow to examine snow structure and depth for avalanche research and forecasting in northwest Montana.

The Garden Wall weather station in Glacier National Park (elev. 7400 feet) is used for avalanche research and forecasting.
December 31, 2016

The Garden Wall weather station in Glacier National Park (elev. 7400)

The Garden Wall weather station in Glacier National Park (elev. 7400 feet) is used for avalanche research and forecasting along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. It records air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and incoming and outgoing shortwave and longwave radiation.

USGS staff ski to and from  the Garden Wall weather station in Glacier National Park (elev. 7400 feet).
December 31, 2016

USGS staff ski to and from the Garden Wall weather station.

USGS staff ski to and from  the Garden Wall weather station in Glacier National Park (elev. 7400 feet) to complete maintenance and examine the snowpack for avalanche research.

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September 28, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is releasing a 12 minute video of Mount St. Helens, taken by staff at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO).

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September 7, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the City of Kansas City, Missouri Water services Department, today released a report detailing the detection of prescription drugs, household and commercial cleaning compounds, pesticides and other chemicals in the Blue River Basin, situated in Missouri and Kansas.

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September 7, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the City of Kansas City, Missouri Water services Department, today released a report detailing the detection of prescription drugs, household and commercial cleaning compounds, pesticides and other chemicals in the Blue River Basin, situated in Missouri and Kansas.

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September 6, 2006

How good (or bad) is the water quality in Blue River and Brush Creek?

The answer depends on when and where you are in the basin.

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August 8, 2006

A report published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contains a regional map and an associated database that inventory 36 locations of reported natural asbestos and fibrous amphibole occurrences in the central United States.

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May 4, 2006

One of every four fishes in streams of 12 western states is non-native, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published in November 2005 in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. And, researchers found, it´s not just that there are a lot of non-native fishes but they are also widespread...

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May 4, 2006

One of every four fishes in streams of 12 western states is non-native, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published in November 2005 in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 

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April 26, 2006

Floods are the most frequent of all catastrophic natural hazards, costing an average of $6 billion in losses annually and threatening lives and property in every state. The U.S. Geological Survey has made the National Flood Summary information from 1970-1998, including maps and data, available on the World Wide Web

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March 22, 2006

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists with the Global Change Research Project are unveiling a new website featuring a collection of repeat photographs of glaciers in and around Glacier National Park, Montana. 

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March 22, 2006

 

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists with the Global Change Research Project are unveiling a new website featuring a collection of repeat photographs of glaciers in and around Glacier National Park, Montana.

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November 9, 2005

Department of the Interior (DOI) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officials presented the 2005 William T. Pecora Award, a prestigious federal award given to individuals and groups to recognize career achievements in remote sensing at a recent ceremony in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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August 31, 2005

Most species of migratory birds in the Northern Hemisphere make two long trips each year, one north for nesting and the other south for the winter. New information collected by USGS scientists shows that individuals of at least one species, the prairie falcon, make three separate long trips each year.