National Research Program (NRP)
The USGS National Research Program (NRP), part of the USGS Water Mission Area, conducts research to develop and disseminate science-based information and tools needed for a fundamental understanding of the processes that affect the availability, movement, and quality of the Nation’s water resources. Our science supports a wide range of policies and activities, including:
NRP Scientist Mark Marvin-DiPasquale, in collaboration with USGS scientists from the South Carolina Water Science Center, has received a Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (STAA) award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The award recognizes the team's work on a package of three EPA modeling publications built on SANT-EPA collaboration at McTier Creek, SC. More details are available on the EPA STAA page.
Dr. Ron Oremland was awarded the rank of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS Council elects Fellows based on efforts that significantly advance science or that are scientifically or socially distinguished. Dr. Oremland was honored for his distinguished contributions and leadership in environmental microbiology. Read the announcement
James Cloern and Robert Striegl of the USGS National Research Program have been selected as ASLO Sustaining Fellows in the Inaugural Class of 46 ASLO Fellows for sustained excellence in their contributions to ASLO and the aquatic sciences. The ASLO Fellows Program was established in 2015 to honor individuals who have advanced the aquatic sciences through their exceptional contributions to the benefit of the society and its publications, meetings, and other activities. Read the announcement
During 1945 to 1980, nitrate levels in large U.S. rivers increased up to fivefold in intensively managed agricultural areas of the Midwest, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. In recent decades, nitrate changes have been smaller and levels have remained high in most of the rivers studied. Read the full press release or access the publication
Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and key academic partners have quantified how rapidly ancient permafrost decomposes upon thawing and how much carbon dioxide is produced in the process. Huge stores of organic carbon in permafrost soils are currently isolated from the modern day carbon cycle. However, if thawed, this massive carbon reservoir could decompose and be emitted as the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane. Read the full press release or access the publication
USGS scientists led by research hydrologist Sheila Murphy collected extensive streamflow and water-quality data for three years after the Fourmile Canyon Fire, Colo., and correlated the results with data from a high-density rain gage network. They found that hydrologic and water-quality responses downstream of a burned area were primarily driven by small, brief convective storms that had relatively high, but not unusual, rainfall intensity. Read the full press release or the Climate Progress interview
John Nimmo has received the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Fellow Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the SSSA. Dr. Nimmo’s publications have made major advances in the measurement, estimation, and understanding of soil hydraulic processes and properties. He also pioneered the use of centrifugal force for accurate hydraulic-property measurements at low water contents.
Dallas Hudson has studied northern pike in Minnesota to determine how quickly they grow and how they respond to angling pressure. Read the full article