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Node Management

Elizabeth Martin
Node Manager

About the Node

Southeastern United States Shaded Relief Map
Southeastern United States Shaded Relief Map
[Image: U.S. Geological Survey National Map]

What is the Southeast Information Node?
The Southeast Information Node (SEIN) is a collaborative group working to improve access to biodiversity data in the Southeast United States including high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by partners including state, federal, and non-government organizations.

What is the Southeast Region's Purpose?
As a geographic focus within the U.S. Geological Survey's Biological Informatics Program, the Southeast regional focus uses information technology to index, manage, and visualize biological information, making it more accessible and interoperable for environmental policy/management decision-making, research, and education.

Southeast Region Service Area
The Southeast regional focus connects data concerning the biological resources of states within the southeastern U.S. including Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Southeast Region Fact Sheet

Southeast Geographic Perspective Fact Sheet [Image: U.S. Geological Survey]

Expanded from an initial focus on the Southern Appalachian region, the Southeast Information Node (SEIN) works to integrate biodiversity and ecosystem information for researchers, natural resource managers, and other environmental decision-makers. Collaboration with state, federal, and non-government organizations yields increased access to accurate, science-based information addressing an array of critical concerns including climate change and land use change, rare species and ecosystems, water resources, fire ecology, and environmental health.

Note: The fact sheet linked below is under revision to reflect the strategic expansion from a Southern Appalachian focus to a broader Southeastern U.S. focus.  The new fact sheet will be posted here soon.

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Southeastern U.S. Land Cover

Southeastern United States LANDSAT 7 colored map.
[Image: The National Atlas]

Land areas can be categorized into ecological regions, or ecoregions, based on characteristics such as geology, land surface characteristics, vegetation, climate, soils, land use, wildlife, and hydrology. Southeastern U.S. ecoregions include:

Bullet Item Piedmont
Bullet Item Southeastern Plains
Bullet Item Blue Ridge Mountains
Bullet Item Ridge and Valley
Bullet Item Southwestern Appalachians
Bullet Item Central Appalachians
Bullet Item Western Allegheny Plateau
Bullet Item Interior Plateau
Bullet Item Mississippi Valley Loess Plain
Bullet Item Southern Coastal Plain
Bullet Item Southern Florida Coastal Plain
Bullet Item Middle Atlantic Coastal Plain

Bullet Item U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Ecoregions
Bullet Item U.S. Geological Survey Land Cover and Ecoregions of the Eastern United States
Bullet Item U.S. Geological Survey Land Cover Trends Project
Bullet Item U.S. Geological Survey Global Ecosystems Data Viewer

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