Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
March 4, 2015
Atlas of relations between climatic parameters and distributions of important trees and shrubs in North America—Revisions for all taxa from the United States and Canada and new taxa from the western United States
By Bob Thompson (GECSC), Kathy Anderson, Richard Pelltier (GECSC), Laura Strickland (GECSC), Sarah Shafer (GECSC), Patrick Bartlein, and Andrew McFadden. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1650-G.
This is the seventh volume in an atlas series that explores the relations between the geographic distributions of woody plant species and climatic variables in North America. These relationships are presented in graphical and tabular form for use in biogeographic, ecologic, paleoclimatic, and global-change research. This volume of the atlas provides numerous changes, updates, and enhancements from previous volumes including added coverage of Canada, the addition of monthly temperature and precipitation values, and the addition of 148 new species from the arid and semiarid western United States.
February 20, 2015
Social values for ecosystem services, version 3.0 (SolVES 3.0)—Documentation and user manual
By Ben Sherrouse and Darius Semmens. USGS Open-File Report 2015-1008.
SolVES is a geographic information system (GIS) tool developed by the GECSC. It can be used to incorporate quantified, spatially explicit social-values information into ecosystem service assessments. Among the updates included in the SolVES 3.0 release are new survey point weighting options and improved categorical data graphs. Accompanying this release is the revised documentation and user manual.
February 13, 2015
The new Cenozoic Landscape Evolution of the Southern Rocky
Mountains Project website gives an overview of mapping and research conducted by the GECSC and
collaborating USGS Science Centers. The project utilizes a combination of geologic mapping,
geophysical surveys, basin modeling, and structural, tectonic, neotectonic, geomorphic, volcanic,
stratigraphic, and geochronologic studies to better understand the evolution of the geologic
landscape of the southern Rocky Mountains province, which includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico,
and Wyoming. Besides providing information to help us better understand the geologic framework of
the region, many of the objectives of this project also address societal issues related to
groundwater management, geothermal and traditional energy resources, and geologic
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