Maria Mastalerz
Geological Research at the IGS

Data collection, verification, & encoding for the National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS) YR 2/5

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Sep 1, 2015 Aug 31, 2020 All Counties
Director: Maria Mastalerz
Other Researchers: Agnieszka Drobniak
Funding: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) - Biological Resources Division
Issue: Since 1975, the Indiana Geological Survey has collected coal stratigraphic data in accordance with the National Coal Resources Data System. This cooperative project with the U.S. Geological Survey generates, updates, and maintains coal resource information, including coal location, thickness, depth, stratigraphic position, and surrounding rock data.
Objective: The purpose of this project is to provide easy availability of point-source coal resource information, including coal location, thickness, depth, and other parameters.
Approach: This project collects new data and adds them to the existing NCRDS database. The database is accompanied by an interactive application, a visual presentation of the database. This application allows users to interactively search, explore, and compare coal stratigraphic data.
Products: An updated database is sent to USGS on annual basis (usually in May or June). Every few years updated version of the database is released as IGS Report of Progress. Eventually products of this project will be converted into the online application.
Benefits: These data are important for regional coal resource evaluations and can be used by the public, industry, and state and federal governments.
Publications:

The Indiana Geological Survey coal stratigraphic database: an update

The Indiana Geological Survey Coal Stratigraphic Database: The database and interactive map

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