Recent Publications

June 2017

Jenni, K.E., Goldhaber, M.B., Betancourt, J.L., Baron, J.S., Bristol, R.S., Cantrill, M., Exter, P.E., Focazio, M.J., Haines, J.W., Hay, L.E., Hsu, L., Labson, V.F., Lafferty, K.D., Ludwig, K.A., Milly, P.C., Morelli, T.L., Morman, S.A., Nassar, N.T., Newman, T.R., Ostroff, A.C., Read, J.S., Reed, S.C., Shapiro, C.D., Smith, R.A., Sanford, W.E., Sohl, T.L., Stets, E.G., Terando, A.J., Tillitt, D.E., Tischler, M.A., Toccalino, P.L., Wald, D.J., Waldrop, M.P., Wein, A., Weltzin, J.F., and Zimmerman, C.E., 2017, Grand challenges for integrated USGS science—A workshop report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1076, 94 p., at

Sohl, T.L., Dornbierer, J., Wika, S., Sayler, K.L., and Quenzer, R.J., 2017, Parcels versus pixels—Modelling agricultural land use across broad geographic regions using parcel-based field boundaries: Journal of Land Use Science, v. 12, no. 4, p. 197–217, at


May 2017

Faundeen, J.L., 2017, Developing criteria to establish trusted digital repositories: Data Science Journal, v. 16, p. 1–13, article 22, at

Liebmann, B., Bladé, I., Funk, C.C., Allured, D., Quan, X.W., Hoerling, M., Hoell, A., Peterson, P., and Thiaw, W.M., 2017, Climatology and interannual variability of boreal spring wet season precipitation in the eastern horn of Africa and implications for its recent decline: Journal of Climate, v. 30, no. 10, p. 3867–3886, at

Pastick, N.J., Duffy, P., Genet, H., Rupp, T.S., Wylie, B.K., Johnson, K.D., Jorgenson, M.T., Bliss, N.B., McGuire, A.D., Jafarov, E.E., and Knight, J., in press, Historical and projected trends in landscape drivers affecting carbon dynamics in Alaska [invited feature article]: Ecological Applications, p. 0–0, at

Senay, G.B., Schauer, M., Friedrichs, M., Velpuri, N.M., and Singh, R.K., in press, Satellite-based water use dynamics using historical Landsat data (1984–2014) in the southwestern United States: Remote Sensing of Environment, p. 0–0, at

Young, S., 2017, Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) revolutionizes land cover and land change research: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 172, 4 p., at


April 2017

Brown, M.E., Funk, C.C., Pedreros, D.H., Korecha, D., Lemma, M., Rowland, J.D., Williams, E., and Verdin, J.P., in press, A climate trend analysis of Ethiopia—Examining subseasonal climate impacts on crops and pasture conditions: Climatic Change, at           

Cohen, W.B., Healey, S.P., Yang, Z.F., Stehman, S.V., Brewer, K.C., Brooks, E.B., Gorelick, N., Huang, C., Hughes, J.M., Kennedy, R.E., Loveland, T.R., Moisen, G.G., Schroeder, T.A., Vogelmann, J.E., Woodcock, C.E., Yang, L., and Zhu, Z., 2017, How similar are forest disturbance maps derived from different Landsat time series algorithms?: Forests, v. 8, no. 4, at

Foga, S., Scaramuzza, P.L., Guo, S., Zhu, Z., Dilley Jr., R.D., Beckmann, T., Schmidt, G.L., Dwyer, J.L., Hughes, M.J., and Laue, B., 2017, Cloud detection algorithm comparison and validation for operational Landsat data products: Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 194, p. 379–390, at

Jin, S., Yang, L., Zhu, Z., and Homer, C.G., 2017, A land cover change detection and classification protocol for updating Alaska NLCD 2001 to 2011: Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 195, p. 44-55, at

Liu, S., Bond-Lamberty, B., Boysen, L.R., Ford, J.D., Fox, A., Gallo, K.P., Hatfield, J.L., Henebry, G.M., Liu, Z., Loveland, T.R., Norby, R.J., Sohl, T.L., Steiner, A.L., Huntington, T.G., Yuan, W., Zhang, Z., and Zhao, S., 2017, Grand challenges in understanding the interplay of climate and land changes: Earth Interactions, v. 2, paper no. 2, at

Pieschke, R.L., 2017, U.S. Geological Survey distribution of European Space Agency's Sentinel-2 data: U. S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017-3026, 2 p., at

Waldrop, M.P., Holloway, J.M., Smith, D.B., Goldhaber, M.B., Drenovsky, R.E., Scow, K.M., Dick, R., Howard, D.M., Wylie, B.K., and Grace, J.B., in press, The interacting roles of climate, soils, and plant production on soil microbial communities at a continental scale: Ecology, at


March 2017

Gu, Y., and Wylie, B.K., in press, Mapping marginal croplands suitable for cellulosic feedstock crops in the Great Plains: Global Change Biology Bioenergy, p. 0–0, at

Soulard, C.E., Acevedo, W., Cohen, W.B., Yang, Z.F., Stehman, S.V., and Taylor, J.L., 2017, Harmonization of forest disturbance datasets of the conterminous USA from 1986 to 2011: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, v. 189, no. 4, p. 170, at


February 2017

Cotillon, S.E., 2017, The landscapes of West Africa—40 years of change: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3005, 2 p.,

Cotillon, S.E., 2017, West Africa land use and land cover time series: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3004, 4 p.,

Fact Sheet 2017-3004


Cotillon, S.E., and Mathis, M.L., 2017, Mapping land cover through time with the Rapid Land Cover Mapper—Documentation and user manual: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2017–1012, 23 p.,

McNally, A., Arsenault, K., Kumar, S., Shukla, S., Peterson, P., Wang, S., Funk, C.C., Peters-Lidard, C.D., and Verdin, J.P., 2017, A land data assimilation system for sub-Saharan Africa food and water security applications: Scientific Data, v. 4, p. 170012, at

Tadesse, T., Champagne, C., Wardlow, B.D., Hadwen, T.A., Brown, J.F., Demisse, G.B., Bayissa, Y.A., and Davidson, A.M., in press, Building the vegetation drought response index for Canada (VegDRI-Canada) to monitor agricultural drought—First results: GIScience & Remote Sensing, p. 1-28, at

Wickham, J., Stehman, S.V., Gass, L., Dewitz, J.A., Sorenson, D.G., Granneman, B.J., Poss, R.V., and Baer, L.A., 2017, Thematic accuracy assessment of the 2011 National Land Cover Database (NLCD): Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 191, p. 328-341, at


January 2017

Danielson, J.J., Poppenga, S.K., Brock, J.C., Evans, G.A., Tyler, D.J., Gesch, D.B., Thatcher, C.A., and Barras, J.A., 2016, Topobathymetric elevation model development using a new methodology—Coastal National Elevation Database: Journal of Coastal Research, no. SI 76, p. 74–89, at

Faundeen, J.L., 2017, Scientific records appraisal process—US Geological Survey case study, in Johnston, L.R., ed., Curating research data, Volume Two—A handbook of current practice: Chicago, Ill., Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, p. 57–60.

Friesz, A.M., Wylie, B.K., and Howard, D.M., 2017, Temporal expansion of annual crop classification layers for the CONUS using the C5 decision tree classifier: Remote Sensing Letters, v. 8, no. 4, p. 389–398, at

Gesch, D.B., Brock, J.C., Parrish, C.E., Rogers, J.N., and Wright, C.W., 2016, Introduction—Special issue on advances in topobathymetric mapping, models, and applications: Journal of Coastal Research, no. SI 76, p. 1–3, at

Lounsbery, A.N., 2017, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center—Popular web sites: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 171, 1 p., at

GIP 171


Poppenga, S.K., and Worstell, B.B., 2016, Hydrologic connectivity—Quantitative assessments of hydrologic-enforced drainage structures in an elevation model: Journal of Coastal Research, no. SI 76, p. 89–106, at

Thatcher, C.A., Brock, J.C., Danielson, J.J., Poppenga, S.K., Gesch, D.B., Palaseanu-Lovejoy, M.E., Barras, J.A., Evans, G.A., and Gibbs, A.E., 2016, Creating a Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) for science and conservation applications: Journal of Coastal Research, no. SI 76, p. 64–74, at


December 2016

CILSS, 2016, Landscapes of West Africa—A window on a changing world: Garretson, S. Dak., U.S. Geological Survey, EROS, 219 p., at

Funk, C.C., Harrison, L., Skukla, S., Hoell, A., Korecha, D., Magadzire, T., Husak, G., and Galu, G., 2016, Assessing the contributions of local and East Pacific warming to the 2015 droughts in Ethiopia and Southern Africa, chap. 15 in Herring, S.C., Hoell, A., Hoerling, M.P., Kossing, J.P., Schreck III, C.J., and Stott, P.A., eds., Explaining extreme events from a climate perspective—Special supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Vol. 97, No. 12, December 2016: American Meteorological Society Special Report, p. S75–S80, at

Giri, C., and Long, J.B., 2016, Is the geographic range of mangrove forests in the conterminous United States really expanding?: Sensors, v. 16, no. 12, article number 2010, at

Velpuri, N.M., Pervez, M.S., and Cushing, W.M., 2016, Hydropower assessment of Bolivia—A multisource satellite data and hydrologic modeling approach: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016-1156, 79 p., at

OFR 2016-1156

Zhengchao, R., Huazhong, Z., Shi, H., and Xiaoni, L., 2016, Climatic and topographical factors affecting the vegetative carbon stock of rangelands in arid and semiarid regions of China: Journal of Resources and Ecology, v. 7, no. 6, p. 418–429, at