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Title: DOIUSGS Global Change Research relationship to CCRIUSGCRP

DOI/USGS Global Change Research relationship
July 25, 2002
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DOI/USGS Global Change Research History
  • Study of the Earth and its processes since 1879
  • Interdisciplinary system dynamics and
  • Long-term monitoring, process studies, modeling,
  • Terrestrial NA focus
  • Responsive to land and resource management and
    policy needs.
  • Chair CES CEES
  • Chair Terrestrial Research Group
  • Chair DOI GC group
  • Chair National Assessment WG
  • Lead AK, Rockies-Great Basin, SW and Water
    assessments support HA
  • Co-chair US Carbon Cycle WG

Review and Quality of DOI/USGS Global
Change Research
  • USGS provides unbiased, objective scientific
  • information upon which other entities may
  • judgments
  • Comprehensive internal and external procedures
  • to ensure the quality, objectivity, utility,
    and integrity of
  • data,analyses, and scientific conclusions
  • Early Global Change Program guided through an
  • external review and advisory committee
  • Current program guidance and review within the
  • context of broader programs
  • NAS/NRC often serves as Program reviewer
  • Project awards made based on internal/external
  • review.

Examples of USGS Programs Contributing
National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP)
  • 7000 active stations
  • All data are freely available (on the web
  • Many partners contribute funding
  • USGS operates the network on behalf of all
  • Monitor streamflow --
  • Streamflow Forecasts
  • River Basin Outflows
  • Interstate and International Waters
  • Sentinel Watersheds
  • Water Quality
  • Estimate streamflow at ungaged sites

Examples of USGS Programs Contributing
National Atmospheric Deposition Program /
National Trends Network (NADP/NTN)
  • Provide a long-term, high-quality database of
    atmospheric deposition for research support in
    the areas of air quality, water quality,
    agricultural effects, forest productivity,
    materials effects, ecosystem studies, watershed
    studies and human health.
  • Monitor wet atmospheric deposition (chemicals
    deposited in precipitation to the earths surface)
  • Interagency NADP/NTN has 240 sites throughout the
    United States.
  • USGS is lead Federal agency
  • Operates 74 sites.

Examples of USGS Programs Contributing
  • DSS for Watershed and River System Management
  • Watershed runoff combined with climate
    variability, water allocations, and dam operation
    requirements utilizing Modular Modeling System
  • Visualization and GIS delivery of outputs

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DOI/USGS Global Change Research Program
02 03 USGCRP/CCRI Focused Programs Earth
Surface Dynamics 10.1 10.1 Terrestrial
Coastal Ecosystem Changes 5.5 5.5
Satellite Data Management Dissemination
4.5 4.5 Land Surface Characterization
3.1 3.1 Water Energy Biogeochemical
Budgets 2.7 2.7 Global Change Hydrology
(Hydroclimatology) 2.6 2.6 Total
28.5 28.5 Directly
Related Gas Hydrate Project 1.4 1.4
DOI/USGS Global Change Program
x-walk with CCRI/USGCRP Goals
Earth Surface Dynamics Program
Dust storms in arid lands
  • Goal - Understand forecast response of land
    surface ecosystems to climate land-use
    changes on scales relevant to societal issues
  • Objectives - Understand how land surfaces
    ecosystems responded to past climate other
    environmental factors
  • Develop models that describe land-surface and
    ecologic change under likely scenarios of future
    climate and land use
  • Monitor modern interactions among land surfaces,
    climate, ecological systems, human activities

Dust storm, Las Vegas April, 15, 2002
Las Vegas Wash
Climate Records
Las Vegas Wash - Floods, erosion, urban hazards

ESD Program Activities
  • Goal 1 Enhance the Science base
  • - Interactions of natural climate variability
  • Climate modeling on global/regional scales
  • Global cycles of C,H20,N
  • Interactions between humans/climate/environment
  • Goal 2 Enhance observations and monitoring
  • Observation systems
  • Monitoring Systems
  • Observation Programs
  • Goal 3 Improve decision support tools
  • Climate data sets
  • Science based tools
  • Potential scenarios
  • Goal 4 Enhance exploratory research
  • -Develop novel approaches
  • - New ideas to improve scientific understanding

Carbon in Alaska Mississippi River basin
(quantification of sources / sinks fire
dynamics) Future vegetation change (North
American biosphere decadal scale) Permafrost
glacier monitoring (Arctic environments carbon
release from permafrost) Climate records
natural climate variability (Alaska, Gulf of
Mexico, Western U.S., Mid- continent) Landsca
pe evolutioncontrols on ecosystem dynamics
(invasive species, fire, drylands, forests, soil
moisture) Land-surface response to climate
variability land use (sediment/soil erosion
deposition soil moisture nutrient
status) Particulate matter dust sourcesair
quality human health (geologic factors)
Earth Surface Dynamics Program
Partnerships with other agencies
Monitoring ecosystem / landscape dynamics
change Canyonlands National Park
DOI Research, monitoring, decision support
NPS 22 units, (25 activities), 2
offices (Geology Air Quality) BLM 16 districts
(8 states) Grand Staircase-Escalante Natl
Mon MMS Gulf of Mexico FWS 8 units BIA Navajo and
Hopi nations BOR Salton Sea air quality
Soil-moisture monitoring documents effects of
ongoing drought
NOAA - Drought histories sea-level change impacts
EPA - Long-distance dust transport of pathogens
DOD Dust storm prediction Alaska fire science
remote sensing
NASA Remote sensing applications
DOE LLNL accelerator for isotopic dating
CDC Toxic metals in in dust from Owens (dry)
Lake, CA
ESD Accomplishments
  • Climate Variability and Change
  • Developing detailed records of past climatic and
    environmental changes
  • (e.g., recent drought histories)
  • Monitoring glaciers in retreat
  • Monitoring permafrost changes on the North Slope,
  • Recording recent temperature change from polar
  • Changing Ecosystems
  • Establishing databases of fossil pollen and plant
    macrofossils for regional syntheses
  • Developing methodologies for assessing ecosystem
    changes through time
  • Developing capabilities to monitor and model
    changes in ecosystems
  • Developing geologic and ecologic methodologies to
    estimate the vulnerability of specific public
    lands to invasive plant species
  • Human Dimensions of Global Change
  • National Climate Change Assessment
  • - lead role in Southwest

Carbon cycling/permafrost monitoring in the arctic
ESD Accomplishments
  • Global Carbon Cycle
  • Development of the U.S. Carbon Cycle working
    group Carbon Cycle science plan.
  • Detailed carbon inventory measuring modeling
    sources sinks Alaska and Mississippi R. basin
  • Air pollution air quality related to
    particulate matter
  • Long-term monitoring and modeling of dust
    generation and transport in arid regions of
    western U.S.
  • Health effects of dust from soil inhabiting
    pathogens and toxic metals

Species may expand or contract their extent with
a changing climate. Here the range of Douglas fir
can be seen to diminish under a doubled CO2
Douglas Fir
ESD - Future Emphasis
  • Expand network of permafrost and borehole
    monitoring sites to determine regional thaw
    patterns in the arctic
  • Arctic environments carbon release from
  • Climate records- understanding natural climate
  • Focus on recent changes and their effects on land
  • Interdisciplinary research on interactions among
    physical, ecologic, human systems at regional
    ecosystem scales
  • Sediment/soil erosion deposition soil
    moisture nutrient status invasive species
    fire dry lands forests ecologic forecasts
  • Effects of climate change on air quality human
  • Geologic-ecologic factors of dust generation
    new methods to detect transport paths
  • Natural human sources of particulate matter
  • Dust-borne soil pathogens

Terrestrial and Coastal Ecosystem Changes
  • Program Goals
  • Determine sensitivity and response of natural
    systems to climate and environmental factors at
    the local, landscape and regional levels
  • Predict future global change impacts on the
    structure, function and viability of natural
  • Provide scientific information and assistance for
    resource management.

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Terrestrial and Coastal Ecosystems
Accomplishments Glacier Decline Documentation
of decline of glaciers and treeline-tundra
invasion in Glacier NP and Cascades NP Fire
Climate History Long-term fire-climate history,
Does climate synchronize fire regimes at regional
scale? Past fire occurrence in the montane zone
of the Front Range is strongly influenced by El
Niño-Southern Oscillation events. Major fire
years tend to lag El Niño years by one to three
years due to moist springs which enhance fuel
production. Major fire years tend to coincide
with La Niña years which are characterized by dry

Terrestrial and Coastal Ecosystems
Accomplishments Vegetation Change The pattern
of high-elevation conifer growth rates in the
Sierra Nevada during the last half of the 20th
century differs from any time in the past 1000
years, indicating a biological signature of
climate change. Multiple Stressors The
cumulative effects of key habitat loss, land use
change, invading plants, animals, and diseases
and other stressors need to be understood in the
context and climate change to manage effectively
in the coming decades and century. Sea-Level
Change Established standard method (Surface
Elevation Table, SET) to determine Sea-level
change in coastal wetlands, monitoring network,
wetland processes and ability of wetlands to
adjust to sea-level rise.
Terrestrial and Coastal Ecosystem Changes Future
Wetland Carbon Sequestration Mountain Ecosystems
Coastal Wetlands Western Rangelands Wildlife-Habi
tat Interactions
Satellite Data Management Dissemination
  • Goal Provide national leadership in managing
    and providing access to satellite land remote
    sensing data and other earth surface data.
  • Objectives Develop policies, programs,
    mandates, and foster a culture that enhances the
    Nations access to its investment in over 40
    years of satellite land remote sensing data and
    its potential use in global change research
  • Populate, preserve, protect, and provide access
    to the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing
    Data Archive (NSLRSDA) as directed by Public Law

Water Assessment
Deforestation and Fire Monitoring
Hazards Monitoring
Land Use Mapping
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Satellite Data Management Partnerships
National Partners NASA Migration of Science
Data to the long term archive. NOAA Reciprocal
Archive Arrangements Established DOD
Declassification of Satellite Coverage
1960-1980 DOA Department of Agriculture Archive
Advisory Committee International Partners CEOS
Committee on Earth Observation
Satellites United Nations Environmental Program
CCRS Canadian Center for Remote
Sensing Landsat International Ground Stations
Land Remote Sensing from Space Acquisition to

Earth Observation Satellites
USGS National Archive Challenge
Data Applications
  • Land Cover
  • Fire Danger Rating
  • Natural Hazards
  • Coastal Zones
  • Environmental Science
  • Emergency Response
  • Declassified Systems
  • Landsat 1-5
  • Shuttle Radar Topo Mission
  • Landsat 7
  • Other Systems
  • Preserve
  • Provide Access
  • Process
  • Reproduce
  • Distribute
  • Hold in Trust

Expanding to over 18 million images of the earth!
SDMD Accomplishments
  • Population
  • Landsat 5 7
  • EOS Terra (MODIS and ASTER)
  • AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer)
  • Earthsat Data Buy (Landsat Mosaics of the world)
  • Long-term Data Transfers from NASA.
  • Preservation
  • Over 200,000 Landsat scenes recovered from old
    media (WBVT)
  • Over 900,000 SPOT scenes converted to new media
  • Over 39,000 square feet of archive space
    maintained at proper archive temperature and
    humidity ratings.
  • Providing Access
  • Served up 6 million metadata records for web
    users and transferred over 30,000 data orders to
    the product generation system (Earth Explorer).
  • Implemented two new access systems (GIS Server
    and GloViz)

USGS Products from the Archive
Products Derived from Classified Data
SDMD - Future Emphasis
  • Declass II Release of 50,000 frames of imagery.
  • Implementation of the next round of media
  • Long-term archiving is not a one-time job.
  • Add data from the EOS Aqua Mission (MODIS)
  • Continue to foster backup archive arrangements.
  • Continue to migrate NASA mission data to the USGS
    long-term archive.
  • Promote seamless access to archive data.
  • Encourage USGS partners to use archive and
    information/metadata standards and best

Land Surface Characterization Research Goals
  • USGS Goals
  • Understand land surface response to natural and
    human forcing
  • Understand impacts of land surface change on
  • carbon and other nutrient cycling
  • ecosystem health
  • human health
  • weather and climate

Land Surface Characterization Research
  • Examples of research activities
  • Land cover trends
  • Land cover characterization
  • Regional land use change
  • Geographic analysis of disease
  • Impacts of metropolitan growth
  • Land use/cover and carbon studies
  • Goals of CCRI/USGCRP Integrated Program
  • Goal 1 Enhance the Science base
  • Factors that determine…
  • Feedbacks that determine…
  • Global cycles of carbon…
  • Evaluation of science questions…
  • Goal 2 Enhance observations and monitoring
  • Observation systems…
  • Monitoring systems…
  • Goal 3 Improve decision support tools
  • Identification and estimation…
  • Improved indicators
  • Goal 4 Enhance exploratory research
  • Fostering new ideas…

Land Surface Characterization Research Partners
and Collaborators
  • MRLC Consortium
  • CDC
  • USGS Disciplines
  • States
  • Multi-agency programs (SFL, CBP)
  • Universities
  • Cities (COGs)
  • International Organizations (IGBP, UNEP)

Land Surface Characterization Research
  • Developed first-ever validated global land cover
    database at 1-km resolution
  • Developed global elevation database at 1-km
    resolution and elevation derivative database for
    most continents that includes slope, aspect, flow
    direction and accumulation, drainage basins,
    streams, and shaded relief
  • Developed national-scale soil carbon maps
  • Developed time series of vegetation phenology
    that demonstrates changes in the growing season
  • Developed approach and techniques for
    documenting, visualizing, and modeling regional
    land cover changes
  • Earned international reputation for developing,
    processing, analyzing, and applying global land
    cover and associated data and information

Land Surface Characterization Research Future
  • Quantify human drivers of land use and land cover
  • Improve monitoring, measuring, and mapping of
    land use and land cover
  • Integrate land-use, land management, and
    land-cover change with other global environmental
    change elements
  • Parameterize land surface aspects of atmospheric
    and ecosystem models
  • Assess of landscape dynamics (i.e., land use
    change impacts)
  • Understand land use impacts on ecosystem status
    and performance

Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB)
GOALS Investigate long-term changes in small
watersheds to increase understanding of the
effects of natural variations and determine the
influence of climate and human activities  Scale
up information gained in the intensive study of
small watersheds to apply to larger
watersheds OBJECTIVES To understand watershed
processes responsible for hydrologic spatial
variations and decadal scale trends To
understand sediment budgets and biogeochemical
fluxes and how they are influenced by climate and
hydrologic change
Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB)
GOALS Investigate long-term changes in small
watersheds to increase understanding of the
effects of natural variations and determine the
influence of climate and human activities  Scale
up information gained in the intensive study of
small watersheds to apply to larger
watersheds OBJECTIVES To understand watershed
processes responsible for hydrologic spatial
variations and decadal scale trends To
understand sediment budgets and biogeochemical
fluxes and how they are influenced by climate and
hydrologic change
WEBB - Long-Term Research Sites
  • Luquillo Experimental Forest, PR
  • Trout Lake, WI
  • Panola Mountain, GA
  • Sleepers River, VT
  • Loch Vale, CO

Government infrastructure and data support USGS,
Collaborative research with scientists from other
USGS programs, Federal and State agencies. Over
50 academic/research institute scientists have
collaborated with USGS at the sites and 50
students have received theses or dissertations
based on work at the sites.
  • Science Base
  • Natural and human-induced climatic variability
  • Interactions of humans, climate, and
    environmental factors
  • Carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles
  • Climate-terrestrial ecosystem interactions
  • Observation and Monitoring
  • Long-term trends
  • Decision Support Tools
  • Societal and ecosystem response
  • Improved indicators
  • Exploratory Research
  • Novel approaches
  • Scientific understanding

WEBB Current Activities Watershed modeling
for intersite comparison Application of a
mass balance approach to understand the
distribution and transport of water, sediment,
and solutes in watersheds Studies of the
linkages of climate, hydrology, and
biogeochemistry (e.g., C, N, Hg)
Investigations of human and climate induced
disturbances to landscapes Research on
climate and chemical weathering Long-term
data collection (hydrologic, chemical, isotopic)
WEBB Recent Accomplishments
  • Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling
  • emissions of CO2 and CH4 in a wetland to
    determine C sources/sinks
  • annual emissions of CO2 and CH4 in 34 lakes in
    different geologic settings
  • linkages of NO3, DOC, and Hg, and discharge
    during snowmelt
  • pathways of N cycling using isotopic signatures
  • Hydrologic Trends
  • partitioning of contributions to stream flow
  • hydrologic data related to droughts (Puerto Rico)
  • removing climatic effects from trends in
    streamwater load estimates
  • modeling hydrologic responses using TOPMODEL
  • Chemical Weathering
  • impact of temperature on weathering rates of
  • differential weathering rates of silicates
  • Sediment Disturbances  
  • mass wasting, sediment storage, and land
    disturbance in the tropics
  • hillslope runoff and soil erosion in forested
    tropical watersheds

WEBB Future Directions
  • For first 10 years, focus has been on
    understanding processes and looking at temporal
    trends within individual watersheds.
  • Future will focus more on cross-site comparisons
    and on scaling up findings to larger spatial
  • Adapt and use watershed models
  • to compare and contrast findings from WEBB
    watersheds with other watersheds
  • to scale up processes to understand larger
  • Continue use of isotopes (stable and metallic) to
    understand processes of nutrient cycling and
    hydrologic change
  • Examine the effects of temperature and spatial
    and temporal variability on biogeochemical and
    hydrologic processes (e.g. surface water- ground
    water interactions).
  • QA/QC long-term data sets and analyze the data
    for trends.

USGS Global Change Hydrology (Hydroclimatology)
  • Goal
  • Understanding and prediction of --
  • spatial and temporal hydrologic variability
    (e.g., stream flow, floods, droughts) --
  • in relation to atmospheric circulation and
    climate indices.
  • Approaches --
  • Observation and monitoring
  • Statistical time-series analysis
  • Hydrologic modeling

Hydroclimatology -- Activities
  • Key CCRI/USGCRP Goals
  • Science base
  • (Hydro)climatic variability
  • Climate/hydrologic modeling
  • Observation and monitoring
  • monitoring program
  • observation techniques
  • Decision making and support tools
  • Data sets
  • Predictions
  • Hydrology in general-circulation and regional
    climate models
  • Glacier mass balance and snowpack
  • Hydroclimatic variability
  • Streamflow trends
  • Timing of seasonal snowmelt and runoff
  • Historical ice cover in New England lakes and
  • Teleconnections

Hydroclimatology -- Activities (continued)
  • Key CCRI/USGCRP Goals
  • Science base
  • (Hydro)climatic variability
  • Climate/hydrologic modeling
  • Observation and monitoring
  • monitoring program
  • observation techniques
  • Decision making and support tools
  • Data sets
  • Predictions
  • Reconstruction of Paleohydroclimates
  • Lake sediments
  • Mineral deposits
  • Packrat middens
  • Modeling climate interaction with lakes,
    glaciers, fire, and vegetation

Hydroclimatology -- Recent Accomplishments
  • Sponsored and organized Annual Pacific Climate
    (PACLIM) workshops
  • Long-term glacier mass-balance records
  • Holocene Nevada-California drought chronology
  • Freshwater forcing of abrupt climate change
  • Long-term shift to earlier snowmelt and runoff in
    US west
  • Fossil record of Holocene plant migration
    provides insights for future vegetation change
  • Suppression of greenhouse warming by increased
    evaporation, Mississippi R basin

Gas Hydrate Project
  • Goal Investigations of methane hydrate
    formation, stability, and release in near-shore
  • Objectives
  • Determine natural hydrate distributions and the
    amount of methane present in gas hydrate
  • Estimate amount of methane in
  • gas hydrate for Nation and world

Gas Hydrate Project
  • CCRI / USGCRP Goals
  • Goal 1 Enhance the Science base
  • - Global cycles of Carbon
  • Goal 2 Enhance observation monitoring systems
  • - Provide new info on global distribution
  • Goal 3 Improve decision support tools
  • - Assessment of Earth-economic-energy systems
  • Goal 4 Enhance Exploratory Research
  • - Fostering new ideas
  • Accomplishments
  • Field and analytical tools to improve assessments
    of gas hydrate occurrence and concentration
  • Analytical tools and model simulations of the
    potential for release of marine gas hydrate
  • Better understanding the role of marine gas
    hydrates in global change

Veins of gas hydrate
Carbon Cycle Proposal
US Land Cover (1000 hectares. from NCCTI draft)
Cropland 153,000 Forestland
302,000 Grass/Rangelands 225,000 Urban/Suburba
n 40,000 Wetlands 110,000
Proposed USGS wetlands research
  • 1. Evaluate C stores and processes in US
    wetlands by type and by region, focusing on those
    in public ownership
  • 2. Describe controls on net C storage including
  • CO2/CH4 flux
  • Accumulation and decomposition rates relative to
    plant community, hydrologic regime, nutrient
  • Contribution of below-ground production by
    wetland type
  • Response to hydrology, elevated CO2, N
    deposition, increased temperature, sea-level rise

Policy-relevant outcomes 1) inventory of C
stocks in US wetlands, 2) understanding of
processes and rates of sequestration , and 3)
technologies and management strategies to prevent
loss/degradation of existing wetlands with high C
storage and/or sequestration capability.
Carbon Cycle Proposal
Carbon Cycle Proposal
Carbon Cycle Proposal
An Historic Agricultural Reconstruction Using
County Level United States Census Data 1790-1997
Pam Waisanen Norman Bliss Michael Budde
Data Sources
  • 1790-1840 Extrapolated cropland
  • calculated from rural population
  • 1850-1920 Improved farmland
  • 1940-1997 Cropland

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Dam construction lt1800-1993 Based on data in the
National Inventory of Dams. Symbol size and
darkness correspond to the size of the reservoir.
Black and grey symbols correspond to dams older
than the indicated time interval. Red symbols
correspond to dams constructed during the time
From Before 1800 to 1993
Prepared by Robert Stallard US Geological
Survey Boulder, CO 80303-1066 e-mail
NID 1600-2000
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Carbon Cycle Proposal
Carbon Cycle Proposal
DOI/USGS Global Change Research
Contacts Program Overview Paul Dresler
703-648-4114 Earth Surface
Dynamics Martha Garcia 703-648-5330 mgarcia_at_usgs
.gov Terrestrial and Coastal Stan Coloff
703-648-4083 Ecosystem
Changes Satellite Data Management John
Faundeen 605-594-6092 and
Dissemination Larry Pettinger 703-648-4519 Land Surface
Characterization David Kirtland
703-648-4712 Water Energy
Linda Friedman 703-648-5051 B
iogeochemical Budgets Global Change Hydrology
Bill Kirby 703-648-5315 Gas
Hydrates Martha Garcia 703-648-5330 mgarcia_at_usg Carbon Cycling Dave Shultz 703-648-5729 Eric Sundquist