|The Western Geographic Science Center
conducts research to help communities make decisions about the interaction between people and their environment. We conduct geographic research on the environmental and societal consequences of a changing landscape.
Our projects analyze human / environmental interactions spatially and temporally. Our work is collaborative, involving many partners and linking many different natural science and social science disciplines. Our work is concentrated in the 9 states of the USGS Western Region and is conducted on local and regional scales.
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A Change to the Team
USGS geophysicist Gerald Bawden, is beginning a two-year detail with NASA. Serving as a USGS-NASA liaison during his time there, Gerald will also be a program officer in both the Earth Surface and Interior, and the Water and Energy Cycle focus areas, and his contribution to the design of two new satellites will include SWOT: the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission that will make for the first comprehensive survey of the world’s surface water. The other satellite he’ll be working on is the NI-SAR: the Synthetic Aperture Radar mission that studies natural hazards, the cryosphere, and ecosystems.
Future Scenarios of Impacts to Ecosystem Services on California Rangelands
The 18 million acres of rangelands in the Central Valley of California provide multiple benefits or “ecosystem services” to people—including wildlife habitat, water supply, open space, recreation, and cultural resources. Most of this land is privately owned and managed for livestock production. These rangelands are vulnerable to land-use conversion and climate change. To help resource managers assess the impacts of land-use change and climate change, U.S. Geological Survey scientists and their cooperators developed scenarios to quantify and map changes to three main rangeland ecosystem services—wildlife habitat, water supply, and carbon sequestration. Project results will help prioritize strategies to conserve these rangelands and the ecosystem services that they provide. http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2014/3019/
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