geological mapping News

  • Soil maps generate reliable quaternary geologic map

    Geologists, archeologists, anthropologists, ecologists, engineers, and natural resource managers routinely use National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) data across field sciences. Researchers at Iowa State University decided to test the reliability of this data as applied in geology, and sought to create the best possible Quaternary geology map of the Des Moines Lobe solely using NCSS data. Their ...

  • US Geological Survey develops online map tracking flood conditions

    As expected rains drive flood waters higher along the Mississippi River Valley, USGS crews are in the field collecting data needed to update the flood maps, prepare forecasts, manage the flood and warn communities. This new system is part of the USGS WaterWatch suite of web-based streamflow products and can be accessed at the Map of flood and high flow conditions Web site. 'The water monitoring ...

  • 1.1 billion budget for the U.S. Geological Survey

    The US President’s proposed USD 1.1 billion budget for the U.S. Geological Survey in 2012 emphasizes cost-containment and program savings while investing in research and development programs to restore and protect the nation’s lands and waters for future generations. To address the President’s priority on fiscal responsibility, the USGS 2012 budget makes vital investments in ...

  • Expedition to map the Arctic seafloor

    American and Canadian scientists are setting sail this summer to map the Arctic seafloor and gather data to help define the outer limits of the continental shelf. Each country may exercise sovereign rights over their extended continental shelf’s natural resources of the seabed and subsoil. These rights and authorities include control over minerals, petroleum and sedentary organisms such as clams, ...

  • Unexplored Arctic region to be mapped

    A scientific expedition this fall will map the unexplored Arctic seafloor where the U.S. and Canada may have sovereign rights over natural resources such as oil and gas and control over activities such as mining. Both countries will use the resulting data to establish the outer limits of the continental shelf, according to the criteria set out in the Convention on the Law of the Sea. The extended ...

  • Flood inundation map

    A new online and interactive flood preparedness tool is now available for the Flint River. Scientists from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Weather Service (NWS) developed the new Flood Inundation Map to improve flood warnings and emergency management along the Flint River in Albany, GA, USA. The creation of the Flint River Flood Inundation Map tool is a result of a national pilot ...

  • Research and Markets: The Geologic Time Scale 2012 2-Volume Set

    Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/bnxxx8/the_geologic_time) has announced the addition of Elsevier Science and Technology's new report "The Geologic Time Scale 2012 2-Volume Set" to their offering. The Geologic Time Scale 2012 is the framework for deciphering the ...


    By Research and Markets

  • DOE selects projects to monitor and evaluate geologic CO2 storage

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of 19 projects to enhance the capability to simulate, track, and evaluate the potential risks of carbon dioxide (CO2) storage in geologic formations. The projects' total value is approximately $35.8 million over four years, with $27.6 million of DOE funding and $8.2 million of non-Federal cost sharing. The work will be managed by ...

  • Support community mapping for climate adaptation

    Improving access to information technology can help communities assess their own vulnerability and boost local planning, says John Waugh. Climate change affects virtually all of the natural systems necessary for human survival. It has implications for water supply, food production, health and physical ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Space radar techniques for land mapping

    Entrepreneurs at ESA’s Business Incubation centre in the Netherlands have used radar technology from the agency’s Envisat remote-sensing satellite to develop a compact, high-resolution radar that can monitor land and buildings from small aircraft. The radar can monitor structures such as dams, harbours, canals and buildings, leading to maps for urban planning, territory surveillance and cadastral ...


    By European Space Agency (ESA)

  • Geologists map rocks to soak CO2 from air

    To slow global warming, scientists are exploring ways to pull carbon dioxide from the air and safely lock it away. Trees already do this naturally through photosynthesis; now, in a new report, geologists have mapped large rock formations in the United States that can also absorb CO2, which they say might be artificially harnessed to do the task at a vastly increased pace. The report, by ...

  • Nation’s Authoritative Land Cover Map new and improved

    Just released, the latest edition of the nation’s most comprehensive look at land-surface conditions from coast to coast shows the extent of land cover types from forests to urban areas. The National Land Cover Database (NLCD 2011) is made available to the public by the U.S. Geological Survey and ...

  • New US Geological Survey information system reveals why Arizona’s groundwater levels are falling

    Where in Arizona are groundwater levels falling? Where are they stable or rising? How much has the water table changed since large-scale pumping has occurred? A new online system developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is designed to answer these and other questions for the most developed ground-water areas in the State. The system uses water-level measurements from wells, collected over ...

  • Mapping wildlife diseases may help prevent their spread

    Tracking wildlife disease outbreaks around the world is now possible with another online map that shows where threats to the health of wild animals, domestic animals, and people are occurring. The Global Wildlife Disease News Map, developed jointly by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, was introduced publicly this week.  Updated daily, the map ...

  • Online mapping tool to track gulf response

    NOAA has launched a federal Web site meant to answer questions from a range of communities like hotel operators to fishermen and local community leaders, with clarity and transparency. It is a one-stop shop for detailed near-real-time information about the response to the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. The Web site incorporates data from the various agencies that are working together to tackle ...

  • Leading-edge workshops : Mapping for a sustainable future

    Training4GIS™, the training and consultancy division of GeoInformation® Group, is hosting a series of workshops designed to serve local authorities, the business community and those with an interest in creating a sustainable environment.Mapping for a Sustainable Future is a comprehensive set of one day, practical workshops focused on how mapping can successfully be applied within sustainable ...


    By The GeoInformation Group

  • Key role for Landsat in water-use maps

    Using Landsat imagery supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey in combination with ground-based water data, the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the University of Idaho developed a novel method to create water-use maps that are accurate to the scale of individual fields. The Ash Institute at Harvard University recently cited Idaho's original design for these maps as an outstanding innovation ...

  • EPA Releases EnviroAtlas Ecosystem Mapping Tool

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released EnviroAtlas, a web-based interactive tool that integrates over 300 separate data layers, helps decision makers understand the implications of planning and policy decisions on our fragile ecosystems and the communities who depend on goods and services from these ecosystems. EnviroAtlas is designed for people from all levels of ...

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