Recent Publications

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.K., 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



June 2015

Funk, C.C., and Hoell, A., 2015, The leading mode of observed and CMIP5 ENSO-residual sea surface temperatures and associated changes in Indo-Pacific climate: Journal of Climate, v. 28, no. 11, p. 4309-4329, at

Jones, B.K., Stryker, T.S., Mahmood, A., and Platzeck, G.R., 2015, The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters', in Lippitt, C.D., Stow, D.A., and Coulter, L.L., eds., Time-sensitive remote sensing: New York, N.Y., Springer-Verlag, p. 79-89, at

Nelson, K.J., and Steinwand, D.R., 2015, A Landsat data tiling and compositing approach optimized for change detection in the conterminous United States: Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, v. 81, no. 7, p. 573-586, at

Pengra, B.W., Long, J.B., Dahal, D., Stehman, S.V., and Loveland, T.R., 2015, A global reference database from very high resolution commercial satellite data and methodology for application to Landsat derived 30m continuous field tree cover data: Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 165, p. 234–248, at

U.S. Geological Survey, 2015, EROS Resources for the Classroom: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3046, 2 p.,

EROS Resources for the Classroom


May 2015

Homer, C.G., Dewitz, J.A., Yang, L., Jin, S., Danielson, P., Xian, G., Coulston, J., Herold, N.D., Wickham, J.D., and Megown, K., 2015, Completion of the 2011 National Land Cover Database for the conterminous United States—Representing a decade of land cover change information: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 81, no. 5, p. 345-354, at

Rover, J.A., and Mushet, D.M., 2015, Mapping wetlands and surface water in the Prairie Pothole region, chap. 16 of Tiner, R.W., Lang, M.W., and Klemas, V.V., eds., Remote sensing of wetlands—Applications and advances: Boca Raton, Fla., CRC Press, p. 347-367, at

Wu, Y., Liu, S., and Tan, Z., 2015, Quantitative attribution of major driving forces on soil organic carbon dynamics: Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, v. 7, no. 1, p. 21-34, at

Wu, Y., Liu, S., Young, C.J., Dahal, D., Sohl, T.L., and Davis, B.N., 2015, Projection of corn production and stover-harvesting impacts on soil organic carbon dynamics in the U.S. temperate prairies: Scientific Reports, v. 5, article  number 10830, at


April 2015

Homer, C.G., Xian, G., Aldridge, C.L., Meyer, D.K., Loveland, T.R., and O’Donnell, M.S., 2015, Forecasting sagebrush ecosystem components and greater sage-grouse habitat for 2050—Learning from past climate patterns and Landsat imagery to predict the future: Ecological Indicators, v. 55, p. 131-145, at

Huang, S., Liu, S., Liu, J., Dahal, D., Young, C.J., Davis, B.N., Sohl, T.L., Hawbaker, T.J., Sleeter, B.M., and Zhu, Z., 2015, Projecting the spatiotemporal carbon dynamics of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from 2006 to 2050: Carbon Balance and Management, v. 10, no. 7, at

Peterson, B.E., Nelson, K.J., Seielstad, C., Stoker, J.M., Jolly, W.M., and Parsons, R., 2015, Automated integration of lidar into the LANDFIRE product suite: Remote Sensing Letters, v. 6, no. 3, p. 247-256, at

Tadesse, T., Senay, G.B., Berhan, G., Regassa, T., and Beyene, S., 2015, Evaluating a satellite-based seasonal evapotranspiration product and identifying its relationship with other satellite-derived products and crop yield—A case study for Ethiopia: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, v. 40, p. 39-54, at

U.S. Geological Survey, 2015, Landsat surface reflectance data: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015-3034, 1 p., at

Surface Reflectance Fact Sheet