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Slide 1 - USGS scientist deploys an acoustic doppler current profiler to measure water velocity profiles in a new inlet formed during Hurricane Sandy on Fire Island, New York.

Meeting the Science Needs of the Nation in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Slide 2 - Greater white-fronted geese on the Arctic Coastal Plain

Alaska is a critical area for future study of environmental health

Slide 3 - Map displaying the relative quality of habitat for golden eagle nest sites

Using Prediction to Plan for Prevention

Slide 4 - Observing phenology is a fun activity for adults and children alike

Tick-Tock, Nature's Clock Out of Sync?

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Evolutionary Hotspots in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts

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"Hair of the Bear" Study Launched to Estimate Grizzly Population

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Measuring and Forecasting the Response of Alaska’s Terrestrial Ecosystem to a Warming Climate

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New Findings of Endangered Birds at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge Give Hope to Recovery Efforts

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Enhancing the Restoration and Preservation of Native Fishes

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Cyanobacterial Disease Killing Coral on Kauai, Hawaii

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Interactive Energy Atlas for Colorado and New Mexico: An Online Resource for Decisionmakers and the Public

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Florida and Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Genetics

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Science Feature: When Floods Hit, the USGS is There

USGS hydrologic technicians installing a rapid deployment streamgage.
Photo: USGS crews install a rapid deployment streamgage on the Boise River near Parma, Idaho, in 2012. Credit: Tim Merrick, USGS.
As soon as water starts to rise, specially trained USGS scientists and hydrologic technicians measure water levels, streamflows, and high water marks using state-of-the-art instrumentation. All of this information is crucial for National Weather Service (NWS) flood forecasts, for decisions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to operate spillways and levees, and for the planning of Federal, state, and local emergency managers, first responders, and many other groups.More...

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The USGS Ecosystem Mission Area serves our Department of the Interior partners and other resource managers by conducting research and monitoring to understand freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecosystems and the fish and wildlife within them. More...

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