Browse All Topics

Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences : Geography and Mapping
Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond

Natural and human-induced changes in Earth's interior, land surface, biosphere, atmosphere, and oceans affect all aspects of life. Understanding these changes requires a range of observations acquired from land-, sea-, air-, and space-based platforms. To assist NASA, NOAA, ...

More
Elevation Data for Floodplain Mapping

Floodplain maps serve as the basis for determining whether homes or buildings require flood insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Approximately $650 billion in insured assets are now covered under the ...

More
Successful Response Starts with a Map: Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Management

In the past few years the United States has experienced a series of disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which have severely taxed and in many cases overwhelmed responding agencies. In all aspects of emergency management, geospatial data and ...

More
Procedures and Standards for a Multipurpose Cadastre

More
Contributions of Land Remote Sensing for Decisions About Food Security and Human Health: Workshop Report

Land remote sensing: the use of space-based satellite technologies to obtain information on environmental variables such as land-use and land-covering combination with other types of data can provide information on changes in the Earth's surface and atmosphere that are critical ...

More
Beyond Mapping: Meeting National Needs Through Enhanced Geographic Information Science

Geographic information systems (GIS), the Global Positioning System (GPS), remote sensing, and other information technologies have all changed the nature of work in the mapping sciences and in the professions, industries, and institutions that depend on them for basic research ...

More
Population, Land Use, and Environment: Research Directions

Population, Land Use, and Environment: Research Directions offers recommendations for future research to improve understanding of how changes in human populations affect the natural environment by means of changes in land use, such as deforestation, urban development, and development of coastal zones. It ...

More
Research and Development in the National Mapping Division, USGS:Trends and Prospects

More
Federal Surveying and Mapping:An Organizational Review

More
Need for a Multipurpose Cadastre

More