For the more information about the geologic resources of the National Park Service, please visit https://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/.
Geological monitoring involves taking repeated measurements in order to detect long term change. Monitoring data can be used to help land managers assess whether changes in a geologic resource are within a normal range of variation, or if the observed changes dictate a corrective action in management practices.
Geological Monitoring Book
The Geologic Resources Division of the National Park Service initiated and funded the development of a geologic monitoring manual to provide guidance for resource managers seeking to establish the status and trends of geologic resources within the National Park System, and to further the understanding of how geologic processes impact dynamic ecosystems.
In the section below you will be able to explore the 12 critical geologic resources discussed in the manual. On each page you will find a description of the resource, justification for long-term monitoring, a list of vital signs that may be monitored, as well as other useful resources and a link to the chapter from the monitoring manual.
AeolianLearn more »
Caves & KarstLearn more »
CoastalLearn more »
FluvialLearn more »
GeothermalLearn more »
GlaciersLearn more »
MarineLearn more »
PaleontologyLearn more »
PermafrostLearn more »
Seismic ActivityLearn more »
Slope MovementsLearn more »
VolcanoesLearn more »
- Geological Monitoring Book - Introduction (PDF - 1.77MB)
- NPS Vital Signs Monitoring Program
- Purchase Geological Monitoring from the Geological Society of America bookstore
Last Updated: December 30, 2016