Moving The National Map Forward. Mark Myers Director U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference Anchorage, AK February 25, 2008. U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey. Mapping – A basic function of government.
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U.S. Geological Survey
Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference
February 25, 2008
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
Thomas Hutchins appointed Geographer of the United States by the Continental Congress in 1781. Federal geographic expeditions continued through Lewis and Clark to the Great Western Surveys.
Hayden Survey Pack Train on the Yellowstone River, 1871
Chief Alaskan Topographer, 1938-42
Chief Topographic Engineer, USGS, 1947-57
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Evangelical Leaders Join Global Warming Initiative - New York Times
February 8, 2006
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Despite opposition from some of their colleagues, 86 evangelical Christian leaders have decided to back a major initiative to fight global warming, saying "millions of people could die in this century
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A British experts report on climate change warns that failure to curb global warming could trigger worldwide economic devastation, with poor countries hit first and hardest. Prime Minister Tony Blair called for urgent international action.
Understanding Ecosystems and Predicting Ecosystem Change
Energy and Minerals for America’s Future
A National Hazards, Risk, and Resilience Assessment Program
The Role of Environment and Wildlife in Human Health
A Water Census of the United States
Climate Variability and Change
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Alaska – different from the lower 48Historically lacking in hi-res geospatial data
Drew Point - 2004
Gary Clow photo (USGS)
Undercutting & Collapse of Permafrost Blocks
Note: Barrier island north of Pogik Bay not included
USGS Alaska Science Center