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USGS Scientists Settle in Seattle to Discuss Geography
Released: 4/11/2011 11:00:00 AM

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SEATTLE — Over sixty U.S. Geological Survey scientists will present research results used by decision makers in the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the world at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 12-16 in Seattle, Wash. USGS scientists use remote sensing, terrestrial lidar, and analysis of land-cover and land-use change to better understand the global impacts of climate change, natural hazards, and sea-level rise. From volcanic lahar hazards in Washington State to diamond mining in Zimbabwe, the subjects of these USGS presentations highlight many issues important to society.

Highlights of USGS participation in the AAG meeting include:

Vulnerability and resilience research at the U.S. Geological Survey
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 211
April 12, 2:40 p.m.

This two-part session will highlight current research in the growing field of vulnerability science at the USGS and its academic partners. USGS Geographer Nathan Wood will be giving an introduction to this research as it supports the bureau’s mission areas of “Hazards, Risk, and Resilience” and “Climate and Land Use Change”.

USGS historical data: key to benchmarking today, forecasting tomorrow
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 609
April 14, 10:00 a.m.

From familiar historical topographic maps to the semi-mysterious realm of bird phenology, the presentations in this session will give a representative view of the breadth and the increasing usefulness of historical data collected and preserved by the USGS.

Landsat: a clear view for tomorrow
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 609
April 14, 12:40 p.m.

The Landsat series of Earth observation satellites provides fundamental information about land conditions that is direct, impartial, and remarkably versatile.  This panel of science and remote sensing experts will outline the future of the Landsat program under the President's National Space Policy and discuss the innovative science and commercial applications that Landsat enables.

Terrestrial and low-altitude airborne lidar applications
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom B
April 14, 2:40 p.m.

This session will focus on how terrestrial lidar and other high-resolution lidar data are being used in research and monitoring applications. USGS Geographers Chris Soulard, Ryan Gold, and John Kosovich will give presentations on USGS terrestrial lidar research. Discussions will highlight the use of lidar as a long-term monitoring tool and address the strengths and limitations of lidar hardware and software in this rapidly changing field.

Land cover trends in the United States: 1973-2000
Metropolitan Ballroom B, Sheraton Hotel, Third Floor
April 16, 8:00 a.m.

The USGS Land Cover Trends project was started in 2000 as an effort to characterize the rates, causes, and consequences of late 20th century land-use and land-cover change in the conterminous United States. A team of USGS scientists, including presenters Ben Sleeter and Thomas Loveland, have been working to map areas of land change across 84 ecological regions of the U.S. between 1973 and 2000. The team has identified and characterized land change in a comprehensive way, unlike any previous effort, and will unveil the results at this special session.

Other USGS presentations in chronological order:

The influence of the eastern Pacific Ocean on lacustrine and estuarine records in the western United States
Scott Starratt, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 3, Rm. 303
April 12, 12:40 p.m.

Dasymetric population modeling for Clackamas County, Oregon
Rachel R. Sleeter, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 616
April 12, 12:40 p.m.

Mapping winter groundcover in the Chesapeake Bay region
W. Dean Hively, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 618
April 12, 12:40 p.m.

Using geospatial population modeling to strengthen community preparedness and resilience to natural hazards: Clackamas County, Oregon
Amy Mathie, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 211
April 12, 1:40 p.m.

Tribal rivers as confluences of environmental and cultural restoration
Kirsten Barrett, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 201
April 12, 2:40 p.m.

Forest conversion in the Southwest Amazon: scale dependence of temporal and spatial variation
Kirsten Barrett, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 201
April 12, 2:40 p.m.

Monitoring road network development in rural areas to anticipate land use and land cover change Alisa W. Coffin, USGS
Washinton State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 201
April 12, 2:40 p.m.

Mapping the shallow geologic framework of the Mississippi Inner Continental Shelf
David Twichell, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Willow B Room
April 12, 2:40 p.m.

Societal exposure and sensitivity to lahar hazards from the principal volcanoes in Washington State
Angela K. Diefenbach, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 211
April 12, 2:40 p.m.

Risk analysis of mobile-home parks in Southern California
Laura Dinitz, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 211
April 12, 2:40 p.m.

Completion of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) products for circa 2006
Joyce Fry, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Fourth Floor, Virginia Room
April 12, 4:40 p.m.

A millennium of snowpack variability and change in the North American Cordillera
Gregory Pederson, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 3, Rm. 306
April 12, 4:40 p.m.

A prototype web-based flood inundation map viewer and flood loss estimator for Albany, Georgia
Paul Hearn, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 211
April 12, 4:40 p.m.

Variations in community exposure to climate-change-related, coastal-erosion hazards in the U.S. Pacific Northwest
Nathan Wood, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 211
April 12, 4:40 p.m.

Visitor survey results for Sagarmatha, Mt. Everest, National Park
Barry Haack, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Third Floor, Greenwood Room
April 12, 5:40 p.m.

Accuracy of identification of sinkholes from lidar elevation data in the Buffalo National River region, Arkansas, USA
Aaron Lingelbach, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Juniper Room
April 13, 8:00 a.m.

Mapping and monitoring Louisiana’s mangroves in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Jordan Long, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 613
April 13, 10:00 a.m.

Introduction to the Board on Geographic Names
Jon Campbell, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Willow B Room
April 13, 10:00 a.m.

Exploring the linkages between mineral resources, geomorphology, remote sensing, and human geography: The case of artisanal and small-scale mining in Africa
Peter George Chirico, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, level 3, Rm. 304
April 13, 10:00 a.m.

Nisqually tidal marsh restoration
Heather Allgood, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 3, Rm. 3B
April 13, 12:40 p.m.

VGI/PGI: Virtual community or bowling alone?
Barbara Poore, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom B
April 13, 12:40 p.m.

Integrating high-resolution electro-optical and lidar data to characterize conifer forest cover, health and structure in Grand County, Colorado
Stacy Curry, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 2B
April 13, 4:40 p.m.

Creation of a topobathymetric model for the northern Gulf of Mexico (NGOM) centered on Mobile Bay
Jeffrey J. Danielson, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Fourth Floor, Seneca Room
April 13, 4:40 p.m.

Modeling future urban change along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast
David Donato, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Fourth Floor, Seneca Room
April 13, 4:40 p.m.

Use of ground-based lidar to improve bare earth acquired from airborne lidar data in wetland environments
Amar Nayegandhi-Jacobs, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Fourth Floor, Seneca Room
April 13, 4:40 p.m.

Application of ground-based lidar for accuracy assessment in the creation of topobathymetric model for the Northern Gulf of Mexico (NGOM)
Vivian Queija, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Fourth Floor, Seneca Room
April 13, 4:40 p.m.

Distribution of diatoms in the coastal wetlands of southwest Louisiana and their potential use as sea-level indicators
Kathryn E.L. Smith, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union tower, Fourth Floor, Seneca Room
April 13, 4:40 p.m.

An evaluation of the sea level affecting marshes model applied in Mobile Bay, Alabama
Cindy Thatcher, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Fourth Floor, Seneca Room
April 13, 4:40 p.m.

Assessing alluvial diamond mining activities in the Marange District of eastern Zimbabwe using satellite imagery
Katherine Malpeli, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 2B
April 13, 4:40 p.m.

Application of ALOS PALSAR RADAR data for delineating soil types and land cover in Savannah, GA
Thomas Moran, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 2, Rm. 2B
April 13, 4:40 p.m.

The determinants of best management practice maintenance
Adam G. Baumgart-Getz, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 603
April 14, 8:00 a.m.

Investigation of weather influences on surface water extents in the Yukon Flats, Alaska
Jennifer Rover, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Third Floor, Queen Anne Room
April 14, 8:00 a.m.

Monitoring boreal forest performance in the Yukon River Basin
Bruce Wylie, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Third Floor, Queen Anne Room
April 14, 8:00 a.m.

Observations of sediment transport in a recently burned watershed using terrestrial laser scanning
Dennis Staley, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Aspen Room
April 14, 8:00 a.m.

Historic data from the U.S. Geological Survey Streamgaging Program and its uses
Rich Dinicola, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 609
April 14, 10:00 a.m.

The North American Bird Phenology Program
Jessica Zelt, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 609
April 14, 10:00 a.m.

USGS Historical Quadrangle Scanning Project
Greg Allord, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 609
April 14, 10:00 a.m.

Changing views of Earth from space: The Landsat imagery archive
Kristi Kline, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 609
April 14, 10:00 a.m.

The role of bird banding data in long-term ecosystem studies
Bruce Peterjohn, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 609
April 14, 10:00 a.m.

Generating surface flow features from 1-meter lidar-derived digital elevation models
Sandra Poppenga, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 6ABC
April 14, 12:40 p.m.

Visualization and analysis of multi-temporal terrestrial lidar data in the hillslope erosion of Mancos shale in Utah and western Colorado
John Kosovich, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom B
April 14, 2:40 p.m.

Resolving fault slip records using terrestrial laser scanning
Ryan Gold, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom B
April 14, 2:40 p.m.

The role of fire on soil microtopography in the Mojave Desert
Christopher Soulard, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom B
April 14, 2:40 p.m.

The National Enhanced Elevation Assessment, preliminary findings
Larry Sugarbaker, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom B
April 14, 2:40 p.m.

Users, uses, and value of Landsat imagery in the United States
Holly Miller, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 3, Rm. 3B
April 14, 2:40 p.m.

Mineralogical and chemical analyses of Kissimmee River sediment and soils
Ursula A.B. Garfield, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Third Floor, Queen Anne Room
April 14, 4:40 p.m.

Contemporary land cover change in the Colorado Plateaus ecoregion
Michael Stier, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 6ABC
April 14, 4:40 p.m.

Accounting for elevation uncertainty in sea-level rise assessments: How much land is really at risk?
Dean Gesch, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 3, Rm. 306
April 15, 8:00 a.m.

Expanding the reach of Landsat data by reducing barriers
Rachel Headley, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Cedar Room
April 15, 8:00 a.m.

Access to the National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB) map catalog via ArcGIS image server David R. Soller, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 6ABC
April 15, 10:00 a.m.

The evaluation of projected sea-level rise impacts on salt marsh landscapes to support conservation of salt marsh species
Karen Thorne, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 3, Rm. 306
April 15, 10:00 a.m.

Topographic data for semantic technology
Dalia Varanka, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Union Tower, Third Floor, Queen Anne Room
April 15, 12:40 p.m.

Geographic information science modeling to aggregate and disseminate geologic carbon dioxide sequestration information
Mayur A. Gosai, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Third Floor, Metropolitan Ballroom B
April 15, 2:40 p.m.

Land change dynamics and human-environment systems in the Great Plains
Mark A. Drummond, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Third Floor, Metropolitan Ballroom B
April 16, 8:00 a.m.

Contemporary land cover and land use change in the Eastern region of the United States
Kristi L. Sayler, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Third Floor, Metropolitan Ballroom B
April 16, 8:00 a.m.

Contemporary land use and land cover change in the Western region of the United States
Benjamin Sleeter, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Third Floor, Metropolitan Ballroom B
April 16, 8:00 a.m.

Contemporary land cover and land use change in the Midwest-South Central region of the United States
Roger Auch, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Third Floor, Metropolitan Ballroom B
April 16, 8:00 a.m.

The influence of land cover change adjoining the St. Mary’s River, Florida/Georgia, on sturgeon habitat restoration efforts
Ann M. Foster, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Third Floor, Metropolitan Ballroom B
April 16, 8:00 a.m.

Major land use and land cover changes in the conterminous United States: 1973-2000
Thomas Loveland, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Third Floor, Metropolitan Ballroom B
April 16, 8:00 a.m.

Quantifying changes in vegetation biomass and carbon cycling in semi-arid urban ecosystems
Carol Mladinich, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 6, Rm. 604
April 16, 8:00 a.m.

Fire, climate, and prehistoric settlement in the southern Maya Lowlands
Lysanna Anderson, USGS
Washington State Convention Center, Level 3, Rm. 304
April 16, 8:00 a.m.

A national monthly water balance model
Gregory McCabe, USGS
Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor, Grand Ballroom C
April 16, 12:00 p.m.


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