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

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Date published: October 4, 2019

Stakeholder meeting for Upper and Middle Carson River basins

On September 30, 2019, the USGS Nevada Water Science Center invited stakeholders to hear the provisional results of two numerical models for the Upper and Middle Carson River Basins. This was an opportunity for stakeholders to provide comments on this work prior to publication. Review comments can be sent to Kip Allander until October 18, 2019.

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 (...


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Year Published: 2019

Evaluation of groundwater-flow models for estimating drawdown from proposed groundwater development in Tule Desert, Nevada

At the request of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is releasing with this open-file report (OFR) a previously unpublished review and comparison of two numerical models for Tule Desert, Nevada. The original review was performed in spring 2013, and only minor editorial revisions were made in the current (2019)...

Halford, K.J.
Halford, K., 2019, Evaluation of groundwater-flow models for estimating drawdown from proposed groundwater development in Tule Desert, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1091, 21 p.,

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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