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Green Infrastructure (EPA)

Green infrastructure uses natural hydrologic features to manage water and provide environmental and community benefits. By improving the environment and preserving open space, green infrastructure supports sustainable communities. Read More

Cooperative Water Program

The Cooperative Water Program monitors and assesses water in every state, protectorate, and territory of the U.S. in partnership with nearly 1,600 local, State, and Tribal agencies. The mission of the USGS Cooperative Water Program is to provide reliable, impartial, and timely information needed to understand the Nation’s water resources through a program of shared efforts and funding with State, Tribal, and local partners to enable decision makers to wisely manage the Nation’s water resources. Read More

The Proposed Fastrill Reservoir in East Texas: A Study Using Geographic Information Systems

Geographic information systems and remote sensing software were used to analyze data to determine the area and volume of the proposed Fastrill Reservoir, and to examine seven alternatives. The controversial reservoir site is in the same location as a nascent wildlife refuge. Six general land cover types impacted by the reservoir were also quantified using Landsat imagery. The study found that water consumption in Dallas is high, but if consumption rates are reduced to that of similar Texas cities, the reservoir is likely unnecessary. The reservoir and its alternatives were modeled in a GIS by selecting sites and intersecting horizontal water surfaces with terrain data to create a series of reservoir footprints and volumetric measurements. These were then compared with a classified satellite imagery to quantify land cover types. The reservoir impacted the most ecologically sensitive land cover type the most. Only one alternative site appeared slightly less environmentally damaging. Read More

Decision-Support Experiments and Evaluations using Seasonal-to-Interannual Forecasts and Observational Data: A Focus on Water Resources

Library Holdings. This Synthesis and Assessment Product focuses on the connection between the scientific ability to predict climate on seasonal scales and the opportunity to incorporate such understanding into water resource management decisions. It directly addresses decision support experiments and evaluations that have used seasonal-to-interannual forecasts and observational data, and is expected to inform (1) decision makers about the relative success of experiences of others who have experimented with these forecasts and data in resource management; (2) climatologists, hydrologists, and social scientists on how to advance the delivery of decision-support resources that use the most recent forecast products, methodologies, and tools; and (3) science and resource managers as they plan for future investments in research related to forecasts and their role in decision support. It is important to note, however, that while the focus of this Product is on the water resources management sector, the findings within this Synthesis and Assessment Product may be directly transferred to other sectors. Read More

The North American Carbon Budget and Implications for the Global Carbon Cycle

Library Holdings. A primary objective of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) is to provide the best possible scientific information to support public discussion, as well as government and private sector decision making, on key climate-related issues. To help meet this objective, the CCSP has identified an initial set of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) that address its highest priority research, observation, and decision support needs. This report-CCSP SAP 2.2-addresses Goal 2 of the CCSP Strategic Plan: Improve quantification of the forces bringing about changes in the Earth’s climate and related systems. The report provides a synthesis and integration of the current knowledge of the North American carbon budget and its context within the global carbon cycle. In a format useful to decision makers, it (1) summarizes our knowledge of carbon cycle properties and changes relevant to the contributions of and impacts upon North America and the rest of the world, and (2) provides scientific information for decision support focused on key issues for carbon management and policy. Consequently, this report is aimed at both the decision-maker audience and to the expert scientific and stakeholder communities. Read More

Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the principal Federal agency responsible for the collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of hydrologic data needed to plan, develop, and manage the water resources of the United States, and its territories and possessions. Read More

Farm Pond Management

This pond management site contains information on managing fish, weed control, liming, fertilization, feeding, management calendar, drawdown, common calculations, and common problems in farm ponds Read More

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Information and a host of other resources on the Convention on Wetlands signed in Ramsar, Iran in 1971 to protect and manage wetlands and related resources. Read More

Sustainable NREL

National Renewable Energy Laboratory web page featuring their efforts to make the lab a global model of sustainability. Read More

Thailand Integrated Water Resource Management Project

This paper summarizes a project in which an MIT research team assisted in creating a GIS based water management system for the nation of Thailand. Key to this system was the use of wavelets, a more efficient form of data compression for GIS images. The paper provides information on further published resources on the project, and on this GIS technology. Read More


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