New England Water Science Center


The U.S. Geological Survey provides a wide array of educational resources for teachers and students of earth science. 

New England Science Seminars are an integral part of our education and outreach activities.

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Date published: July 24, 2019
Status: Active

New England WSC Seminar series Barclay 20190724

Groundwater discharge zones supply baseflow, provide critical thermal refugia for aquatic organisms, and serve as point sources of nutrients and contaminants to aquatic ecosystems. Despite their importance, the spatial distribution and the water quality effects of groundwater discharge zones across river networks are seldom predicted at regional scales due to the highly spatially heterogeneous...

Contacts: Janet Barclay
Date published: April 24, 2019
Status: Completed

New England WSC Seminar series Simeone 20190424

Forest cover is predicted to decline in the western US in the next century, due in part to increased hydraulic stress associated with climate change. There has been a large body of work done on adult trees in natural settings, but a smaller amount has been done on more vulnerable seedlings outside of the greenhouse.

Contacts: Caelan Simeone
Date published: April 4, 2019
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Hackman 20190404

The abandonment of cranberry farmland in southeastern Massachusetts presents an opportunity for wide-scale protection and ecological restoration of coastal wetland systems.  Potentially thousands of acres of Massachusetts’ historic wetlands are now in transition, and there is a state-level political focus on the plight of the cranberry industry. 

Date published: November 16, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Rau 20181116

Demand for biomass bioenergy has been increasing due to consumer choices, and changes in public policy in response to global climate change. Currently, in the United States, unprocessed wood waste is the primary source of biomass for energy production. 

Contacts: Benjamin M Rau
Date published: October 26, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Benthem 20181026

USGS’s extensive stream gage network has greatly advanced our hydrologic understanding of watershed dynamics through the calculation of long-term streamflow measurements. Discharge, however, is not a direct measurement but rather derived from measurements of channel area, water height, and velocity.

Date published: May 24, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Austin 20180524

Climate change raises concern that risks of hydrological drought may be increasing. We estimate hydrological drought probabilities for rivers and streams in the United States (U.S.) using maximum likelihood logistic regression (MLLR).

Date published: May 2, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Elskus 20180502

Known in Turners Falls as ‘The Fish Lab’, the USGS Conte lab’s mission is the conservation of migratory fish.

Date published: February 13, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Lamontagne 20180213

Author provided a technical summary of work in flood frequency analysis in the context of the new Bulletin 17C procedure.

Date published: October 12, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Pagsuyoin 20171012

This presentation discusses the visual and dynamic Adaptive Drought Vulnerability Index for Strategic Emergency Response (ADVISER) model, a decision support tool that enables the adaptive mapping of regional vulnerabilities to increasing drought severity.

Date published: May 15, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Cosgrove 20170515

NOAA's National Water Model (NWM) represents the next generation of river forecasting by NOAA. The NWM is based on the National Hydrography Dataset at a scale of 1:100,000 and is being developed to provide continuous modeled river flows for all 2 million plus river reaches in the model.

Date published: May 9, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Lawrence 20170509

A consistent decreasing trend in acidic deposition levels over the past several decades has led to partial chemical recovery of surface waters. However, depletion of soil Ca from acidic deposition has slowed surface water recovery and led to the impairment of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Date published: April 19, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC Seminar series Detenbeck 20170419

Watershed managers are challenged by the need for predictive temperature models with sufficient accuracy and geographic breadth for practical use. We described thermal regimes of New England rivers and streams based on a reduced set of metrics for the May–September growing season (July or August median temperature, diurnal rate of change, and magnitude and timing of growing season maximum)...