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Flagstaff Science Campus: Who We Are

The USGS FSC is managed by the Scientist in Charge and representatives of the FSC Center Council. Interdisciplinary science is promoted and encouraged by FSC management, and seeks opportunities with outside partners. More than 200 scientists, technicians, engineers, and IT specialist work for various USGS Science Centers located at the FSC including the Southwest Biological Science Center, the Astrogeology Science Center, the Arizona Water Science Center, the Western Geographic Science Center, and the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center. These Centers address science issues associated with the USGS Mission Areas that include Ecosystems, Natural Hazards, Water, Climate and Land-use Change, and Core Science Systems.

  • The Arizona Water Science Center (AZWSC) Northern Arizona Programs Office, manages a network of more than 50 streamflow, water-quality monitoring, sediment, and flood alert stations. Data collected at these stations are used by multiple stakeholders and cooperators in Arizona and around the world. Also, AZWSC staff conduct research and monitoring on various hydrologic issues including water budgets, quality of streams and lakes, groundwater processes, water supply, hydrogeology, and more.

  • The Astrogeology Science Center (ASC) is active in planetary exploration and mapping using data gathered from various NASA space missions. Data, maps, and images produced by the ASC are used for a wide range of research including landing site selection, and geologic, hydrologic, climatological, and cratering research of planets and their moons. The ASC also manages a Regional Planetary Information Facility, a planetary resource library and archival repository for photographic and supplemental engineering data products. It contains digital datasets derived from all NASA spacecraft missions as well as Earth-based observational data.

  • Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center (GMEGSC) provides regional geologic mapping, a process that allows scientist to make exciting discoveries concerning the origin and evolution of major geological features of the southwest US. GMEGSC works closely with the National Park Service producing maps that allow their resource managers to better understand the diversity of the landscapes they manage. The geologic maps that are produced are often the foundation for other science programs that occur at the FSC.
  • The Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC) is home to the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center who is responsible for monitoring the effects of Glen Canyon Dam operations on downstream resources. Biologists and hydrologists of the SBSC are actively engaged in research and monitoring of plants, animals, sediment processes, effects of climate shifts and human activity in the southwest US.

  • The Western Geographic Science Center (WGSC) applies remote-sensing technology to address the effects of land-use change on various ecosystems around the world. Research includes studies related to desertification processes, carbon sequestration, essential climate variables, and agricultural food production worldwide.

The USGS Library in Flagstaff has one of the largest Earth Science collections in the world and one of the most complete collections of materials related to space and planetary research. Publications on Southwest geology and solid-Earth topics are also managed by the Library. The Library services USGS and other visiting researchers but is also open to the public for reference use.

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