Recent Publications

January 2016

Danielson, P., Yang, L., Jin, S., Homer, C.G., and Napton, D.E., 2016, An assessment of the cultivated cropland class of NLCD 2006 using a multi-source and multi-criteria approach: Remote Sensing, v. 8, no. 2, article 101, at

Minsley, B.J., Pastick, N.J., Wylie, B.K., Brown, D.D., and Kass, M., accepted, Evidence for non-uniform permafrost degradation after fire across in boreal landscapes: Journal of Geophysical Research—Earth Surface, p. 0-0, at

Otkin, J.A., Anderson, M.C., Hain, C., Svoboda, M., Johnson, D., Mueller, R., Tadesse, T., Wardlow, B.D., and Brown, J.F., 2016, Assessing the evolution of soil moisture and vegetation conditions during the 2012 United States flash drought: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, v. 218–219, p. 230-242, at


December 2015

Auch, R.F., and Karstensen, K.A., eds., 2015, Status and trends of land change in the midwest–south central United States—1973 to 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1794-C, 190 p., at

Brown, J.F., Howard, D.M., Wylie, B.K., Friesz, A.M., Ji, L., and Gacke, C.K., 2015, Application-ready expedited MODIS data for operational land surface monitoring of vegetation condition: Remote Sensing, v. 7, no. 12, p. 16226-16240, at

Funk, C.C., Peterson, P., Landsfeld, M., Pedreros, D.H., Verdin, J.P., Shukla, S., Husak, G., Rowland, J.D., Harrison, L., Hoell, A., and Michaelsen, J., 2015, The climate hazards infrared precipitation with stations—A new environmental record for monitoring extremes: Scientific Data, v. 2, article number 150066, at

Singh, R.K., and Senay, G.B., 2016, Comparison of four different energy balance models for estimating evapotranspiration in the midwestern United States: Water, v. 8, no. 1, paper no. 9, at


November 2015

Funk, C.C., Nicholson, S.E., Landsfeld, M., Klotter, D., Peterson, P., and Harrison, L., 2015, The Centennial Trends Greater Horn of Africa precipitation dataset: Scientific Data, v. 2, article number 150050, at

Gu, Y., and Wylie, B.K., 2015, Developing a 30-m grassland productivity estimation map for central Nebraska using 250-m MODIS and 30-m Landsat-8 observations: Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 171, p. 291-298, at

Ji, L., Senay, G.B., and Verdin, J.P., 2015, Evaluation of the Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) air temperature data products: Journal of Hydrometeorology, v. 16, no. 6, p. 2463-2480, at

Liu, Z., Wimberly, M.C., Lamsal, A., Sohl, T.L., and Hawbaker, T.J., 2015, Climate change and wildfire risk in an expanding wildland–urban interface—A case study from the Colorado Front Range Corridor: Landscape Ecology, v. 30, no. 10, p. 1943-1957, at

U.S. Geological Survey, 2015, Landsat—Earth observation satellites: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015-3081, 4 p., at

Landsat Fact Sheet


October 2015

Auch, R.F., Napton, D.E., Sayler, K.L., Drummond, M.A., Kambly, S., and Sorenson, D.G., 2015, The Southern Piedmont’s continued land-use evolution, 1973–2011: Southeastern Geographer, v. 55, no. 3, p. 338-361, at

Drummond, M.A., Stier, M.P., Auch, R.F., Taylor, J.L., Griffith, G.E., Riegle, J.L., Hester, D.J., Soulard, C.E., and McBeth, J.L., 2015, Assessing landscape change and processes of recurrence, replacement, and recovery in the southeastern Coastal Plains, USA: Environmental Management, v. 56, no. 5, p. 1252-1271, at

Funk, C.C., Verdin, A., Michaelsen, J., Peterson, P., Pedreros, D.H., and Husak, G., 2015, A global satellite-assisted precipitation climatology: Earth System Science Data, v. 7, no. 2, p. 275-287, at

Gallo, K.P., and Wood, E.C., 2015, Historical drought events of the Great Plains recorded by native Americans: Great Plains Research, v. 25, p. 151-158.

Munzimi, Y.A., Hansen, M.C., Adusei, B., and Senay, G.B., 2015, Characterizing Congo basin rainfall and climate using Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite data and limited rain gauge ground observations: Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, v. 54, no. 3, p. 541-555, at


September 2015

Gallant, A.L., 2015, The challenges of remote monitoring of wetlands: Remote Sensing, v. 7, no. 8, p. 10938-10950, at

Grace, K., Davenport, F., Hanson, H., Funk, C.C., and Shukla, S., 2015, Linking climate change and health outcomes—Examining the relationship between temperature, precipitation and birth weight in Africa: Global Environmental Change, v. 35, p. 125-137, at

Meyer, D.J., Siemonsma, D., Brooks, B., and Johnson, L.D., 2015, Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer Level 1 Precision Terrain Corrected Registered At-Sensor Radiance (AST_L1T) Product, algorithm theoretical basis document: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1171, 44 p., at

Poppenga, S.K., and Worstell, B.B., 2015, Evaluation of airborne lidar elevation surfaces for propagation of coastal inundation—The importance of hydrologic connectivity: Remote Sensing, Special Issue on Remote Sensing in Flood Monitoring and Management, v. 7, no. 9, p. 11695-11711, at

Tan, Z., Liu, S., Sohl, T.L., Wu, Y., and Young, C.J., in press, Ecosystem carbon stocks and sequestration potential of federal lands across the conterminous United States: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, p. 0-0, at

Taylor, J.L., Acevedo, W., Auch, R.F., and Drummond, M.A., eds., 2015, Status and trends of land change in the Great Plains of the United States—1973 to 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1794–B, 180 p.,

Wimberly, M.C., Sohl, T.L., Liu, Z., and Lamsal, A., 2015, Simulating forest landscape disturbances as coupled human and natural systems, chap. 9 in Perera, A.H., Sturtevant, B.R., and Buse, L.J., eds., Simulation modeling of forest landscape disturbances: Switzerland, Springer, p. 233-261, at


August 2015

Danielson, J.J., Brock, J.C., Evans, G.A., and Tyler, D.J., 2015, The USGS Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED)—Integrated 3DEP topobathymetric models for the US Coastal Zone, presentation at LIDAR Workshop, Lowell, Mass., 21-22 July 2015: Lowell, Mass., University of Massachusetts.

Funk, C.C., Verdin, A., Michaelsen, J., Peterson, P., Pedreros, D.H., and Husak, G., 2015, A global satellite assisted precipitation climatology: Earth System Science Data Discussions, v. 8, no. 1, p. 401-425, at

Hoell, A., Funk, C.C., Magadzire, T., Zinke, J., and Husak, G., 2015, El Niño–Southern Oscillation diversity and Southern Africa teleconnections during Austral Summer: Climate Dynamics, v. 45, 5, p. 1583-1599, at

Pastick, N.J., Jorgenson, M.T., Wylie, B.K., Nield, S.J., Johnson, K.D., and Finley, A.O., 2015, Distribution of near-surface permafrost in Alaska—Estimates of present and future conditions: Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 168, p. 301-315, at

Xian, G., Homer, C.G., Rigge, M.B., Shi, H., and Meyer, D.K., 2015, Characterization of shrubland ecosystem components as continuous fields in the northwest United States: Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 168, p. 286-300, at


July 2015

Gu, Y., and Wylie, B.K., 2016, Using satellite vegetation and compound topographic indices to map highly erodible cropland buffers for cellulosic biofuel crop developments in eastern Nebraska, USA: Ecological Indicators, v. 60, p. 64–70, at

Jones, B.K., and Lamb, R.M., 2015, Hazards data distribution system (HDDS): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3048, 2 p.,

Tan, Z., and Liu, S., 2015, Corn Belt soil carbon and macronutrient budgets with projected sustainable stover harvest: Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, v. 212, p. 119-126, at

Vacquie, L.A., Houet, T., Sohl, T.L., Reker, R.R., and Sayler, K.L., 2015, Modelling regional land change scenarios to assess land abandonment and reforestation dynamics in the Pyrenees (France): Journal of Mountain Science, v. 12, 4, p. 905-920, at

Zahn, S.G., 2015, LANDFIRE: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015-3047, 2 p., at