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Drought in Nevada

Drought in Nevada

Ongoing drought, in Nevada and across the West, will require scientists to develop new ideas and techniques for measuring, monitoring, modeling, and managing water resources.

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Floods in Nevada

Floods in Nevada

The lowest annual average precipitation and one of the fastest growing populations in the United States contribute to a tendency for both the general public and land-use planners to underestimate flood hazards in Nevada.

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Date published: October 16, 2020

Surface-Water Model Archive for Delineation of Flood-Inundation Areas in Grapevine Canyon Near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

This zipped folder contains all relevant files to document and run the Hydrological Engineering Center-River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) one dimensional hydraulic model used to simulate flood inundation extents in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park. Specifically: 1) model-software-version.txt (file) Identifies the modeling software version and website

Date published: October 16, 2020

Scan Origins for a Terrestrial Laser Scanner Survey in Grapevine Canyon Near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

This point shapefile represents 38 terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) survey scan locations collected by single-base real-time kinematic (RTK) global navigation satellite system (GNSS) surveys in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, from July 12-14, 2016. Data were collected by two Topcon GR-3 GNSS receivers at one-second intervals for three minutes

Date published: October 16, 2020

Geospatial Data, Tabular Data, and Surface-Water Model Archive for Delineation of Flood-Inundation Areas in Grapevine Canyon Near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

This U.S. Geological Survey data release consists of a polygon geospatial dataset representing estimated flood-inundation areas in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, and the data acquired and processed to support the delineation of those areas. Supporting datasets include topographic survey data collected by global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and t

Date published: October 16, 2020

Point Cloud Data from a Terrestrial Laser Scanner Survey in Grapevine Canyon Near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

This zip file contains 42 LAZ point cloud files surveyed by terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) from 38 locations in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty’s Castle, Death Valley National Park, from July 12-14, 2016. Data were collected by 360-degree scans using a Maptek I-Site 8810XR TLS and post-processed with I-Site Studio software.

Date published: October 16, 2020

Ground Control Points for a Terrestrial Laser Scanner Survey in Grapevine Canyon Near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

This point shapefile represents 769 locations surveyed by single-base real-time kinematic (RTK) global navigation satellite system (GNSS) in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, from July 12-14, 2016. The points were collected at 3-second intervals and include hard and soft surfaces and slopes throughout the study area. The points were used as vertica

Date published: October 16, 2020

Filters for Point Cloud Data from a Terrestrial Laser Scanner Survey in Grapevine Canyon Near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

This polygon shapefile represents filters used with I-Site Studio software to filter ground observations collected by terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) survey in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, from July 12-14, 2016. Filters were used to remove extraneous data from features such as vegetation, fences, power lines, and atmospheric interference. Th

Date published: August 31, 2020

Evapotranspiration Units, Groundwater Discharge Area, and 2007-2008 Summer Mean Vegetation Index for Tule Valley and part of Sevier Valley, Utah

This USGS data release consists of three data sets used as the basis for estimates of groundwater discharge from evapotranspiration in Tule Valley and part of Sevier Valley, UT. The data sets are a mapped groundwater discharge area (GDA), a mean modified soil adjusted vegetation index (MSAVI), and evapotranspiration (ET) units derived from the MSAVI within the GDA. The GDA repre

Date published: August 31, 2020

Evapotranspiration Units for Tule Valley and part of Sevier Valley, Utah

This data set represents evapotranspiration (ET) units based on a 2017-2018 summer mean modified soil adjusted vegetation index (MSAVI). The MSAVI information was used to partition Tule Valley and part of Sevier Valley, UT into six discharging ET units (playa; open water; very sparse desert shrub; sparse-to-dense desert shrub; grassland; and dense meadow and marshland),

Date published: August 31, 2020

Groundwater Discharge Area for Tule Valley and part of Sevier Valley, Utah

The groundwater discharge area (GDA) in Tule and part of Sevier valley represents the area where discharge from evaporation by open water or bare soil and transpiration from phreatophytic plants exceeds the volume of water contributed by precipitation. The GDA was delineated during field reconnaissance of the study area using techniques similar to those used in previous studies throughout Nev...

Date published: August 31, 2020

Scaled Modified Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index for Tule Valley and part of Sevier Valley, Utah

The mean MSAVI image is based on two Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) scenes representing midsummer conditions in 2007 and 2008. MSAVI was calculated for each image which were then combined by calculating the mean for each pixel in the scenes. The resultant MSAVI image was used to estimate vegetation assemblages (ET units) within a mapped groundwater discharge area.

Date published: August 26, 2020

1:500,000-scale hydrogeologic units and estimates of specific yield, eastern part of middle Carson River basin, Nevada (from U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5055, figure 3)

This dataset consists of 1:500,000-scale polygons of geologic units grouped into hydrogeologic units and estimated specific yield ranges for the easternmost 4–5 miles of the middle Carson River basin as published on figure 3 in the U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5055. This dataset does not extend to the western side of the study area. The dataset titled %

Date published: August 26, 2020

Data for the report Geologic Framework and Hydrogeology of the Middle Carson River Basin, Eagle, Dayton, and Churchill Valleys, West-Central Nevada

This USGS data release represents the data from the following publication: Maurer, D.K., 2011, Geologic framework and hydrogeology of the middle Carson River Basin, Eagle, Dayton, and Churchill Valleys, West-Central Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5055, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20115055.