Recent Publications

August 2017

Drummond, M.A., Griffith, G.E., Auch, R.F., Stier, M.P., Taylor, J.L., Hester, D.J., Riegle, J.L., and McBeth, J.L., 2017, Understanding recurrent land use processes and long-term transitions in the dynamic south-central United States, c. 1800 to 2006: Land Use Policy, v. 68, p. 345–354, at

Gilmanov, T.G., Morgan, J.A., Hanan, N.P., Wylie, B.K., Rajan, N., Smith, D.P., and Howard, D.M., in press, Productivity and CO2 exchange of Great Plains ecoregions. I. Shortgrass steppe—Flux-tower estimates: Rangeland Ecology and Management, p. 0–0, at

Ji, L., and Brown, J.F., 2017, Effect of NOAA satellite orbital drift on AVHRR-derived phenological metrics: International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation, v. 62, p. 215–223, at

Reitz, M., Sanford, W.E., Senay, G.B., and Cazenas, J., 2017, Annual estimates of recharge, quick-flow runoff, and evapotranspiration for the contiguous U.S. using empirical regression equations: Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v. 53, no. 4, p. 961–983, at

Sivanpillai, R., Jones, B.K., and Lamb, R.M., in press, Accessing satellite imagery for disaster response through the International Charter: Lessons learned from the 2011 US Midwestern Floods: Space Policy, p. 0–0, at


July 2017

Boyte, S.P., Wylie, B.K., and Homer, C.G., 2017, Regional mapping of herbaceous annual cover in the Great Basin, Great Basin LCC 2017 Webinar Series, at

Brandt, M., Tappan, G.G., Diouf, A.A., Beye, G., Mbow, C., and Fensholt, R., 2017, Woody vegetation die off and regeneration in response to rainfall variability in the West African Sahel: Remote Sensing, v. 9, no. 1, at

Hawbaker, T.J., Vanderhoof, M.K., Beal, Y.-J., Takacs, J.D., Schmidt, G.L., Falgout, J.T., Williams, B.R., Fairaux, N.M., Caldwell, M.K., Picotte, J.J., Howard, S.M., Stitt, S., and Dwyer, J.L., 2017, Mapping burned areas using dense time-series of Landsat data: Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 198, p. 504–522, 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., 2017, Historical and projected trends in landscape drivers affecting carbon dynamics in Alaska [invited feature article]: Ecological Applications, v. 27, no. 5, p. 1383–1402, at

Velpuri, N.M., and Senay, G.B., 2017, Partitioning evapotranspiration into green and blue water sources in the conterminous United States: Nature Scientific Reports, v. 7, article number 6191, at

Vogelmann, J.E., Khoa, P.V., Lan, D.X., Shermeyer, J., Shi, H., Wimberly, M.C., Duong, H.T., and Huong, L.V., 2017, Assessment of forest degradation in Vietnam using Landsat time series data: Forests, v. 8, no. 7, article number 238, at


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