Modeling Marine Bird Habitat in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Submitted by atripp on Thu, 06/17/2021 - 16:19

The northern Gulf of Mexico is a dynamic environment, serving as critical habitat for marine bird species and supporting substantial yet spatially variable oil and gas activity. Under-monitoring of marine birds in the region has constrained the ability to mitigate, anticipate, and respond to potential stressors such as oil spills, pollution events, or tropical storms.

Distribution of Migratory Landbirds around the Gulf of Mexico

Submitted by atripp on Thu, 06/17/2021 - 16:01

Over two-thirds of all land birds and over half of the migratory species in North America move long distances to areas in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean islands. For birds crossing the Gulf of Mexico, habitats along the northern coast provide the last possible stopover before autumn migrants make a nonstop flight.

Water Use Mapping at the Landsat Scale for the Nation

Submitted by atripp on Thu, 06/17/2021 - 08:37

The estimation and mapping of evapotranspiration (ET) is an active area of applied USGS research in the fields of agriculture and water resources. Specifically, combining remote sensing data along with climate and other weather information in a cloud-based compute framework has illustrated the value of next-generation ET mapping for nationwide water use information.

Using Machine Learning Approaches to Water Presence in Streams

Submitted by atripp on Wed, 06/16/2021 - 11:28

The presence of water in streams can serve as an indicator for potential droughts. The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) is the most comprehensive dataset of surface waters in the United States and supports a broad range of applications. The streams mapped in the NHD are classified by streamflow permanence into classes of perennial, intermittent, or ephemeral.