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Benthic Invertebrate data from the Western Lake Michigan Drainages
An important part of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program is the analysis of existing data in each of the NAWQA study areas. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has an extensive aquatic benthic macroinvertebrate communities in streams (benthic invertebrates) database maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. This database has data which date back to 1984 and includes data from streams within the Western Lake Michigan Drainages (WMIC) study area. This report looks at the feasibility of USGS scientists supplementing the data they collect with data from the WDNR database when assessing water quality in the study area.
Chesapeake Bay Region
Since the mid-1980s, the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), a multi-agency partnership which includes the Department of Interior (DOI), has worked to restore the Bay ecosystem. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has the critical role of providing unbiased scientific information that is utilized to document and understand ecosystem change to help assess the effectiveness of restoration strategies in the Bay and its watershed and to address the collective needs of the CBP, DOI, and USGS with a mission to provide integrated science to support effective ecosystem conservation and restoration.
USGS Coastal Ecosystems
Research by the Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) on nearshore communities and coastal environments is providing important insight into how coastal ecosystems function.
USGS Davis Field Station
Established to conduct research on the effects of contaminants on wildlife in the region of the San Francisco Bay-Delta and Central Valley of California, the Davis Field Station now has studies from the Alaskan coast to the Mexican border and from the Sierra Nevada to the Pacific Ocean. The field station maintains emphasis on contaminant issues but has expanded its capabilities to include landscape-scale aquatic and terrestrial ecology.
Earthquake Maps
Database of seismic hazard maps, earthquake maps, site response, and fault and landform maps.
Earthquake Topics - Tsunamis
Tsunami studies highlighted by the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.
Education Map Catalog
A catalog of several hundred of the most useful USGS maps for teaching and learning, organized by 12 themes: topography, geology, image, culture and history, national parks and monuments, international and world, water resources, planetary, environmental, land status and land cover, energy and physics, and earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides. Images of each map can be viewed in detail.
Education Map Catalog
Browse samples of popular USGS maps that are frequently used by educators.
Federal-State Task Force on Coastal Wetlands
The Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Task Force Web site contains information and links relating to coastal restoration projects in coastal Louisiana.
Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
GNIS provides a fast search with a search on its Query Form for the United States and Its Territories. A search on GNIS will give you topographic map indexing, longitude ;& latitude, and feature information, plus gives you direct access to topographic maps and aerial photography via the National Map and other sources.
Geoscience Data Catalog
The USGS Geoscience Data Catalog is a catalog of earth science data produced by the U.S. Geological Survey. Here you'll find documentation with links to the data files organized by Publication number and Geographic location. To use the data, you'll need scientific software such as GIS.
Geospatial One-Stop Portal
A central portal for access to maps and geospatial data from multiple agencies (mostly Federal). Categories include Atmosphere, Climate, Culture, Demographic, Business, Economic, Human Health and Disease, Utilities, Communications, and much more.
USGS Great Lakes Science Center
Advancing scientific knowledge and providing scientific information for restoring, enhancing, managing, and protecting the living resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.
USGS Hurricane Mitch Program
The objective of the USGS Hurricane Mitch Program are to improve the availability of basic data and information; provide information for improved damage assessment, hazard mitigation, and management of natural resources; develop and distribute base maps, aerial photography, and satellite imagery from affected countries into an integrated, computer-based Geographic Information System (GIS) format; and develop regional strategies for mitigation, preparedness, and response to natural hazards.
Landslide Hazards Program
The primary objective of the National Landslide Hazards Program (LHP) is to reduce long-term losses from landslide hazards by improving our understanding of the causes of ground failure and suggesting mitigation strategies.
Access to over 300,000 book, map, and serial records in the U.S. Geological Survey Library online catalog. Includes information on library borrowing policies, locations, and a link to ASK-A-LIBRARIAN, an electronic reference service.
Maps and Aerial Photos Online
Links to USGS partner sites where you can view USGS maps and aerial photo images from your Web browser.
Mineral Resources On-Line Spatial Data
View maps and download datat for the U.S. and the World.
National Atlas of the United States
A free, interactive website that allows you to design and print your own page-sized maps or download map layers to your computer for use in other programs. Resolution is generally on a national or state scale. Includes hundreds of data layers relating to agriculture, biology, climate, environment, geology, history, transportation, people, and water. A wealth of information, and an outstanding educational tool.
National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is an electronic gateway to biological data and information developed and maintained by the USGS and other NBII partners and contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry.
National Geologic Map Database
This exhaustive database provides bibliographic access to many thousands of geologic, geophysical, and other kinds of maps available in USGS publication, websites, and in popular science journals, etc.
National Map
An interactive website that allows you to design and print your own map or download map layers to your computer for use in other programs. Seamless, high-quality, high-resolution geospatial data and information from multiple partners. Includes surface elevation, topography, boundaries, hydrography, geographic names, transportation systems, structures, high-resolution orthoimagery, land cover, and more. Download free in increments up to 100 Mb.
National Seismic Hazard Maps
National maps of ground motion.
National Water Information System (NWIS)
NWISWeb provides a comprehensive gateway to water-resources data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Predictive Mapping of Coastal Change
Coastal changes such as beach, dune and sea-cliff erosion, that occur during hurricanes and severe winter storms pose significant hazards to buildings and infrastructure that are built too close to vulnerable shorelines. Resource managers must be able to predict where and how much coastal change will occur in order to locate new construction landward of coastal change hazards. Developing this predictive capability requires quantifying how coasts respond to extreme storms. With its rapidity of acquisition and very high data density, airborne lidar (light detecting and ranging) is revolutionizing the quantification of storm-induced coastal change. Comparisons of before and after storm lidar surveys quantify patterns in erosion and accretion.
USGS National Wetlands Research Center
The USGS National Wetland Research CenterŐs (NWRC) Spatial Data and Metadata Server (SDMS) provides access to NWRC geospatially referenced data, much of which is biological in nature. SDMS includes databases, metadata, maps, tools, and other related resources.
USGS Point Reyes Field Station
The Point Reyes Field Station is located at Point Reyes National Seashore, about 30 miles north of San Francisco. Staff conduct research on the ecology and population status of amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and carnivores. Current research focuses primarily on declining amphibians throughout most of the non-desert parts of California with most of the field work taking place in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the California Coast range. Additional research projects includes ecological studies of bats and the development of inventory and monitoring techniques. Station staff work closely with the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Department of Defense, California Dept. of Fish and Game, as well as various local agencies.
Publications Warehouse
Search over 70,000 bibliographic citations and obtain USGS series publications. Availability of content ranges from USGS Store purchase, to full text, to bibliographic citation only. Go to the Advanced Search page and check the box at the top of the form if you wish to limit your search to publications that are available online.
Quaternary Fault and Fold Database
Geologic, geomorphic, and geographic information for about 2,000 Quaternary faults in the U.S. Download shape files.
St. Clair River Animated Flow Model Presentation
St. Clair River is a connecting channel of the Great Lakes between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair. The river forms part of the international boundary between the United States and Canada in the eastern Lower Peninsula of Michigan and southern Ontario. Drifting buoys were deployed to help investigate flow characteristics near public water intakes in ten reaches of St. Clair River from October 3-5, 2000. Each buoy contained a geographical positioning system (GPS) to monitor its movement. Computer animations were developed that integrated these GPS data with data shown on navigational charts and provide a scientific visualization tool to study the deployments.
Access USGS--San Francisco Bay and Delta
"Access USGS--San Francisco Bay & Delta" was created to help disseminate this information via the World Wide Web. Here you will find examples of USGS publications, posters, maps, and other information on the San Francisco Bay & Delta region from many disciplines.
USGS San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station
The watersheds of the Central Valley drain into the San Francisco Bay estuary, the largest estuary on the lower west coast of North America. The estuary is home to eight million people and is the source of water for a large part of California. More than ninety percent of the original wetlands have been lost to development in the past century, and because the region is highly urbanized, remaining wetlands are threatened by agricultural, industrial, and municipal contaminants. Yet, the paradox of this estuary is found in the richness of its natural resources. The estuary is an international hemispheric shorebird reserve site, provides a major wintering area for waterfowl, and supports many resident endangered or candidate wildlife species of salt marsh habitats. The San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station is co-located with the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a refuge in the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR Complex, and with the San Francisco Bay office for the Ecological Services division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
San Francisco Bay Region Geology and Geologic Hazards
With heightened public awareness about earthquake hazards leading up to the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released new maps of the San Francisco Bay Area designed to give residents and others a new look at the geologic history and hazards of the region. The "Geologic Map of the San Francisco Bay region" shows the distribution of geologic materials and structures, demonstrates how geologists study the age and origin of the rocks and deposits that we live on, and reveals the complicated geologic history that has led to the landscape that shapes the Bay Area.
San Francisco Bay Wind Patterns
Wind speeds shown in knots. Arrow size indicates exact speed, color gives approximate speed.
San Francisco Bight Coastal Processes Study
The USGS is conducting a study that documents and analyzes the processes that control the sand transport and sedimentation patterns of Ocean Beach, a National Park site within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This area encompasses a complicated coastal setting that is impacted by the tidal influence of San Francisco Bay, as well as the southwest and northwest Pacific swell. High-energy conditions at this site have restricted comprehensive field surveys in the past, but recent innovations in field techniques now make it possible to perform detailed analysis of the physical processes operating on high energy coastlines, such as Ocean Beach.
Shake Maps
Regional maps of ground motion and shaking intensity.
South Florida Information Access
South Florida Information Access (SOFIA) provides scientific information access in support of research, decision-making, and resource management for the South Florida ecosystem restoration effort.
Web Mapping Portal
Seamless U.S. and global geospatial datasets, often created for specific times or events. Interactive maps cover disaster response, drought monitoring, vegetation mapping, and more.
Western Lake Michigan Drainages NAWQA study
Western Lake Michigan Drainages (WMIC) NAWQA Study Unit in Wisconsin and Michigan is part of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The long-term goals of this program are to describe the status and trends in the quality of a large, representative part of the Nation's surface- and ground-water resources, and to provide a sound, scientific understanding of the primary factors affecting the quality of these resources.

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