Western Geographic Science Center

The Western Geographic Science Center  (WGSC) conducts geographic research on the environmental and societal consequences of a changing landscape. We develop tools and models to help decision makers better understand complex scientific information so that alternative options/scenarios can be assessed. Our work is collaborative and integrative, involving many partners and communities. We link natural science and social science to analyze human/environmental interactions both spatially and temporally.

Paul C. Selmants received the Blue Pencil award!!

Paul C. Selmants (center, Research Physical Scientist, WGSC), Regan Austin (left, Geologic Map Editor, USGS Menlo Park Publishing Service Center) and Cory Hurd (right, Editorial Assistant, USGS Menlo Park Publishing Service Center) were awarded a Blue Pencil Award from the National Association of Government Communicators, receiving First Place in the Statistical or Technical Report category for USGS Professional Paper 1834: "Baseline and projected future carbon storage and carbon fluxes in ecosystems of Hawai'i".

Read the article:  https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/pp1834

Congratulate Paul! pselmants@usgs.gov

Review of - Remote Sensing Handbook – Volume I: Remotely Sensed Data Characterization, Classification, and Accuracies.

A must-have book! The hefty weight and impressive size makes this handbook appear daunting and intimidating, however, this essential book should be kept within reach of any serious remote sensing professional. The quality and depth achieved in its exposition of relevant and current topics merits the glowing reviews, endorsements, and accolades it received from recognized authorities in the field. Read entire review


The WGSC GFSAD30 project accomplished their goal!

The global croplands mapping project has succesfully mapped croplands across the entire planet in order to understand the security of food world wide. Below are many press anouncments and interviews with the project leader Prasad Thenkabail.

American Scientist
Croplands Up Close

There's More Farmland in the World Than Was Previously Thought

International Business Times
India beats US and China on farmland: Report

USDA Radio
* They are running one more segment later this week.

Water Canada
Global Agriculture Intensity Detailed in Interactive Map

AG Web
New Interactive Maps Of Global Cropland

Central Valley Business Times
New map shows where the food is grown -- and not

Environment Guru
Global Agriculture Intensity Detailed in Interactive Map

Southwest Farm Press and Delta Farm Press
This map clearly shows individual farm fields anywhere in the world

Daily Digital News
There's more farmland in the world than was previously thought

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