May 20, 2013
A Framework for Quantitative Assessment of Impacts Related to Energy and Mineral Resource Development
By Seth Haines, Jay Diffendorfer (GECSC), Laurie Balistrieri, Byron Berger, Troy Cook, Don DeAngelis, Holly Doremus, Donald Gautier, Tanya Gallegos, Margot Gerritsen, Elisabeth Graffy, Sarah Hawkins, Kathleen Johnson, Jordan Macknick, Peter McMahon, Tim Modde, Brenda Pierce, John Schuenemeyer, Darius Semmens (GECSC), Benjamin Simon, Jason Taylor, and Katie Walton-Day. Published in Natural Resources Research.
Natural resource planning requires standardized methods for assessing the impacts of resource development and use. The framework presented in this paper provides such a method—an algorithm that returns a consistent, reproducible, and quantitative assessment of resource development impacts. The paper includes examples of how the algorithm could be utilized by combining data from resource assessments with biological information and geospatial data to model the effects of development on wildlife habitat.
May 13, 2013
Geological Society of America Special Paper 494, "New Perspectives on Rio Grande Rift Basins: From Tectonics to Groundwater" summarizes recent research on the Rio Grande rift of the southern Rocky Mountains. The aim of this publication is to provide better understanding of natural resources (e.g., ground water), geologic processes (e.g., natural hazards), and geologic history of this large region. Contributing to this 500-page report are many USGS scientists including GECSC members Mark Hudson (author and coeditor), Ren Thompson, Cal Ruleman, Ralph Shroba, Florian Maldonado, David Sawyer, and Scott Minor.