TAG: U.S. Geological Survey

USGS reveals 6 new California seafloor, coastal maps

April 1, 2016By
Geologic Map of Monterey Canyon and the Soquel Canyon tributary — Seamless onshore-offshore Geologic Map of Monterey Canyon and the Soquel Canyon tributary, showing canyon meanders, steep canyon walls, submarine landslides, and fault zones. Excerpt from USGS California State Waters Map Series – Monterey Canyon and Vicinity Map Area, Sheet 10.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released six new sets of publicly available maps that show the diverse and complex range of seafloor habitats along 80 miles of the central California coast from the Monterey Peninsula north to Pigeon Point, according to a news release form the organization. The new USGS publications, products of the California Seafloor Mapping Program, combine new and legacy data to reveal offshore bathymetry,... read more

USGS releases geo-referenced field photos to public

November 9, 2015By

The U.S. Geological Survey has made part of a huge national repository of geographically referenced USGS field photographs publicly available. USGS geographers developed a mapping portal called the Land Cover Trends Field Photo Map. The entire collection contains more than 33,000 geo-referenced field photos with associated keywords describing the land-use and land-cover change processes taking place. Initially, nearly 13,000 photos from... read more

USGS Selects Woolpert to Evaluate Lidar for 3DEP

August 13, 2015By

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has contracted with Woolpert to evaluate new lidar (light detection and ranging) technologies to assess the suitability to support the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). This use of the single photon and Geiger mode lidar for this evaluation is new to the commercial market, according to Woolpert Project Director John Gerhard. “This technology provides the ability to fly... read more

USGS Provides Higher Level Landsat Data

June 3, 2015By

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has begun production of higher level (more highly processed) Landsat data products to help advance land surface change studies. One such product is Landsat surface-reflectance data. Landsat satellite data have been produced, archived, and distributed by the U.S. Geological Survey since 1972. Surface reflectance data products approximate what a sensor held just above the Earth’s... read more

USGS Holds Stakeholder Workshops for 3D Topo Data

May 20, 2015By
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The U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program is developing the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the nation’s natural and constructed features. To expand awareness of 3DEP status and plans, as well as provide an open forum for 3DEP stakeholders to communicate and... read more

NASA, USGS Begin Work on Landsat 9 for Land Imaging

April 17, 2015By
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News from NASA. NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, which will extend the Earth-observing program’s record of land images to half a century. The Landsat program has provided accurate measurements of Earth’s land cover since 1972. With data from Landsat satellites, ecologists have tracked deforestation in South America,... read more

Tischler Named Director of National Geospatial Program

April 6, 2015By
Michael Tischler, new director of the USGS National Geospatial Program.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has selected Michael Tischler to be the director of the National Geospatial Program (NGP). Tischler begins his new post today. Tischler was most recently associate technical director of the Engineering Research and Development Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The NGP provides leadership for USGS geospatial coordination, production and service activities. It engages partners to develop standards and produce consistent... read more

Fugro Upgrades EZ-FRISK Seismic Hazard Analysis Software

March 9, 2015By

Fugro has released an upgrade to its EZ-FRISK package — seismic hazard analysis software used by consultants and academics. The new upgrade includes the Next Generation West 2 ground motion prediction models, and improved user interface along with software fixes. By early 2015, the software will incorporate the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 2014 National Seismic Hazard Maps for the continental U.S.,... read more

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Launch a River Trip from Your Computer Using Streamer

April 16, 2014By
Detail from a Streamer map of an upstream trace from a point on the Arkansas River near Geuda Springs, Kansas, extending into Colorado and New Mexico. Real-time streamflow stations are shown.

Field & Stream called it a “…very cool tool and quite a bit of fun.”  MinnPost described it as a “…high-tech illustration of Norman Maclean’s timeless view that, ‘Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” And Popular Science noted that, “There’s something especially satisfying about clicking a stream that…shoots its way across multiple states to... read more