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 Scientists James Cloern and Robert Striegl were welcomed this week into the inaugural class of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Fellows. The ASLO Fellows program was initiated "to honor individuals who have given tirelessly of their time and talents to support ASLO’s mission to advance the sciences of limnology and oceanography." 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
Leonard Konikow has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Academy membership, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education. Read the full press release
Kim Wickland has been selected to serve as an Associate Editor for the journal Limnology and Oceanography, the flagship journal of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). You can access the journal here.