Oregon Water Science Center


Multimedia products are an important way to distribute information to the public. The Oregon Water Science center continues to produce a variety of outreach materials including audio broadcasts, video podcasts, and online videos. Search below to see what we have been up to.

USGS Multimedia Gallery

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March 7, 2011

Oregon Songbirds: Singing for Their Supper in Evergreen Forests

In this episode we sit down with USGS wildlife biologist Joan Hagar and discuss her recent study on songbirds in the Pacific Northwest. New research indicates a possible relationship between reductions in the abundance of some species of songbird and reductions in the amount of deciduous trees in evergreen forests. Join us, as we demonstrate how Oregon songbirds sing for

January 10, 2011

Clearing up Muddy Waters

For this month’s episode we discuss the water-quality parameter turbidity. More than just a way to measure dirty water, turbidity can serve as a useful indicator of the ecological health of a watershed. Join us, as we sit down with USGS scientist Heather Bragg to discuss differences in how turbidity is measured, how the data are used, and where you can find real-time

December 28, 2010

3-D Geologic Model of Columbia Plateau Aquifer System

In this month’s episode we discuss how 3-D modeling is used to examine groundwater in the Columbia Plateau. USGS hydrologist Erick Burns describes how his team modeled the 53,000 mi2 plateau, how this information is currently used, and what implications it has for the future. Join us, as we explore how cutting edge science today is used to solve tomorrow’s

mount hood
December 16, 2010

Mount Hood, OR

View of Mount Hood from Pittock Mansion, Portland, OR.

muddy Willamette River
December 15, 2010

Willamette River through downtown Portland, OR

Photograph of the Willamette River passing through downtown Portland, OR.

December 1, 2010

Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR

This month's episode focuses on one of the most useful geographic tools scientists have for studying our natural world: Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR. LiDAR is a powerful data collection technique that can be used to map surface features, even those hidden beneath the dense canopy of Pacific Northwest forests. USGS scientists use high-resolution LiDAR data to

November 11, 2010

Unearthing the Secrets Beneath the Forest Floor

There is a black box hidden beneath the forests of the Pacific Northwest, guarding the secrets to why the trees grow so large! The black box is soil, which harbors immense biological diversity and controls the release of water and nutrients that support the life above ground. Join us as Sue Powell interviews USGS ecologist Steve Perakis and discusses his research about the

September 27, 2010

Recent USGS Studies in the Willamette Valley

This month the USGS Oregon Science Podcast contains two interviews. First, we sit down with USGS hydrologist Stewart Rounds to discuss the effect dams have on water temperature in the rivers of the Willamette Valley. Then, we are joined by former USGS hydrologist Bernie Bonn to learn how chemistry can be used to identify where organic matter in streams comes from in the

July 28, 2010

Well, Well, Well! How Deep is the Water Table?

This month we highlight a new interactive map that allows users to determine the depth to groundwater at any location in the Portland Metropolitan Area, Oregon. This month's episode features an interview with the groundwater project's lead author, USGS hydrologist Daniel Snyder. Stick around and learn about the water beneath our feet here at the USGS Oregon Science Podcast

June 29, 2010

Klamath River Basin Restoration

Dennis Lynch, USGS scientist and Department of Interior's Program Manager for the Klamath Basin Secretarial Determination, brings us up to speed on recent developments in the Klamath River Basin restoration. Developments include the signing of two historic agreements that attempt to provide long term solutions to one of the West's most challenging conflicts over how water

June 8, 2010

To Burn or Not to Burn? A Framework to Answer the Question

Prescribed burns are a common tool used by land managers to control invasive plant species and to promote native plants. There are many benefits to using a prescribed burn as a management tool; however, controlling fire is often difficult as it can be unpredictable. FRESC research ecologist Dave Pyke sat down with us to speak about a new framework that he has developed for

April 21, 2010

Drab Appearance Masks Complexity of Imperiled Sagebrush Ecosystems

Compared to the rich diversity of forests, sagebrush shrublands contain relatively few species. Yet, these shrublands in the western United States have incredibly complex dynamics that present major challenges for conservation. They are also one of the most imperiled habitats in North America, primarily due to invasive plant species. Non-native cheatgrass promotes more