The United States Geological Survey Science Data Lifecycle Model

Download the document. See also this article in Journal of eScience Librarianship for a discussion of the model's development. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data represent corporate assets with potential value beyond any immediate research use, and therefore need to be accounted for and properly managed throughout their lifecycle. Recognizing these motives, a USGS team developed …

Weighing the Economic Benefits vs. Environmental Impacts of New Buildings

Read the full story in Triple Pundit. New buildings can bring income to the communities in which they’re built by attracting new business and residents to the area. The materials and fuels used to build a new structure also have significant environmental impacts, and new impacts arise once the building is in operation. Do the …

Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force 2017 Report to Congress

Download the document. This 2017 report highlights specific examples of progress achieved by the Hypoxia Task Force (HTF) and its members. The report also discusses strategies for meeting the HTF’s goals, as well as key lessons the HTF has learned, including the importance of: planning and targeting at a watershed scale; identifying the critical pollutants, …

Illinois sportfish recovery a result of 1972 Clean Water Act, scientists report

Read the full story from the University of Illinois. Populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and other sportfish are at the highest levels recorded in more than a century in the Illinois River, according to a new report. Their dramatic recovery, from populations close to zero near Chicago throughout much of the 20th century, began …

Resource efficiency in practice: Closing mineral cycles

Download the document. Nutrients such as nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) are essential elements for living organisms, including plants, animals and bacteria. They are used as fertilisers in agriculture to guarantee high yields and quality products. However, the increasing demand not only in food production, but also in feed, fibre and fuel, has …