Nevada Water Science Center


The Nevada Water Science Center (NVWSC) is committed to providing reliable, unbiased scientific information about Nevada's water resources to the public, cooperators, and stakeholders. To provide this information, we operate widespread data collection networks as well as conduct water-science research covering a wide range of scientific issues throughout Nevada and adjacent states.

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Featured Science

Evaluation of Streamflow Depletion Related to Groundwater Withdrawal, Humboldt River Basin

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Date published: April 15, 2019

NVWSC Director Position Open Now

The USGS Nevada Water Science Center (NVWSC) has re-advertised the Center Director position (Supervisor Interdisciplinary, GS-1315/1350-15). It is currently advertised on USA jobs. The vacancy closes on April 26. 

Date published: October 15, 2018

Hydrologist Position in Carson City

The USGS Nevada Water Science Center (NVWSC) would like to bring to your attention to a Hydrologist vacancy currently advertised on USA jobs (...

Date published: August 10, 2018

Hydrologist/Database Manager Vacancy in our Henderson office

This is a full time position in the Henderson Office of the Nevada Water Science Center. This position is with the USGS/DOE Cooperative Program, which provides hydrologic and geologic expertise to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to address environmental and scientific issues at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).


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Year Published: 2019

Uncertainty of reference pixel soil moisture averages sampled at SMAP core validation sites

Despite extensive efforts to maximize ground coverage and improve upscaling functions within core validation sites (CVS) of the NASA Soil Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) mission, spatial averages of point-scale soil moisture observations often fail to accurately capture the true average of the reference pixels. Therefore, some level of pixel-scale...

Chen, Fan; Crow, W.T; Cosh, M.H.; Colliander, A.; Asanuma, J.; Berg, A.; Bosch, D.D.; Caldwell, Todd; Holifield-Collins, C.; Martínez-Fernández, J.; McNairn, H.; Starks, P.J.; Su, Z.; Walker, J.P.

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Spatial patterns of meadow sensitivities to interannual climate variability in the Sierra Nevada

Conservation of montane meadows is a high priority for land and water managers given their critical role in buffering the effects of climate variability and their vulnerability to increasing temperatures and evaporative demands. Recent advances in cloud computing have provided new opportunities to examine ecological responses to climate...

Christine M. Albano; Meredith L. McClure; Shana E. Gross; Kitlasten, Wesley; Soulard, Christopher; Charles Morton; Justin Huntington

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Year Published: 2019

Methods for installation, removal, and downloading data from the temperature profiling probe (TROD)

This document provides a brief method overview on the deployment and removal of the temperature profiling probe developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 2015 and referred to as SensorRod or temperature rod (TROD). The TROD is suitable for short- to long-term deployments (days to years) for evaluating thermal gradients in soils and...

Naranjo, Ramon C.
Naranjo, R.C., 2019, Methods for installation, removal, and downloading data from the temperature profiling probe (TROD): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1066, 14 p.,