I just received a note that outlines the presentations from the U.S. Geological Survey at the upcoming 2008 Association for American Geographers Annual Meeting held April 15â€“19 in Boston, Mass.
Facing Tomorrowâ€™s Challenges â€” USGS Science Strategy
A growing global economy, limited resources, climate change, and formidable hazards, such as earthquakes, wildland fires, floods and droughts, are addressed by a new USGS Science Strategy, 2007â€“2017. Learn about new USGS science directions to meet these challenges in a luncheon address by USGS Director Mark Myers.
Ecosystem Services: Research Directions
Understanding the value of ecosystem services (such as clean water, storm protection, and recreation) is necessary to make decisions that involve conservation and development. Find out what research and information are needed and available to help resource managers make informed conservation decisions.
Modeling the National Land Cover Database
The USGS and the federal interagency Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium have completed a massive database, the National Land Cover Database, that details the land surface condition of each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico. Find out about the creation of the database and how the data can help answer land change questions.
Evolution of the National Map: 2008 and Beyond
Accessible, versatile, authoritative geographic information is essential in confronting the most pressing natural resource and environmental issues of our nation â€” including hypoxia in the Gulf, wildfires in California, climate change, and natural hazards. Learn about further research and operational development concerning The National Map.
I suddenly wish that I had plans to attend this event. I’ll angle a way to get some coverage on these topics in the coming weeks.