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Wildfires, Sediment, and Water Supplies

Wildfires, Sediment, and Water Supplies

In the year after the Carr Fire in northern California, USGS researchers found that greater-than-average precipitation moved large sediment loads through watersheds, which can jeopardize water supplies.

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Sound Waves Newsletter

Sound Waves Newsletter

Coastal and marine research news from across the USGS: Read our stories on coastal hazards, deep-sea research, preserving coral reefs, and more.

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Date published: September 30, 2020

New Model Shows Sea-level Rise Can Cause Increases in Groundwater Levels along California’s Coasts

A new model that combines sea-level rise scenarios and information about associated groundwater level responses shows that coastal water tables will rise as groundwater levels are pushed up by landward intrusions of seawater due to sea-level rise.

Date published: September 30, 2020

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - August-September 2020

USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) scientists were able to safely venture out to collect beach elevations, geochemistry samples for wildfire contamination, water, soil, and meteorological data, offshore bathymetric and seismic data, ocean, lake, and bay sediment samples, and more, from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California, to Massachusetts, New York, and...

Date published: September 30, 2020

Photo Roundup - August-September 2020

A selection of coastal and marine images and videos from across the USGS

September 30, 2020

Sound Waves Newsletter - August-September 2020

We pay tribute to a dear friend and colleague, collect data on hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes, train students with disabilities who in turn learn how to help us in a data rescue effort, and more, in this August-September 2020 issue of Sound Waves.

Date published: September 30, 2020

USGS provides Rapid Post-Hurricane Isaias Coastal Change Data to Assist National Park Service partners

Quantifying coastal change caused by hurricanes is essential in helping communities better plan for such coastal hazards.

Date published: September 30, 2020

Remembering Bruce Richmond

We pay tribute to friend and colleague Bruce Richmond, who passed away in May surrounded by his family near his home in Las Lomas, CA. A group of us put together this remembrance of Bruce, AKA “BR.”

Date published: September 14, 2020

National Preparedness Month 2020: Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Natural hazards have the potential to impact a majority of Americans every year.  USGS science provides part of the foundation for emergency preparedness whenever and wherever disaster strikes.

Date published: August 31, 2020

Coastal Change Hazards Team Releases New Software Tool for Delineating Coastal Cliff Features

SPCMSC Physical Scientist Alexander Seymour and co-authors Cheryl Hapke (University of South Florida College of Marine Science) and Jonathan Warrick (PCMSC) published a USGS Open-File Report and a software tool for delineating features on coastal cliffs.

Date published: August 3, 2020

A Research Retrospective: Offshore Fault Mapping of the San Andreas

Study of New Offshore Fault Mapping Related to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake:  In 2019, for the first time ever, scientists comprehensively mapped a previously overlooked offshore section of the San Andreas Fault system which may provide insight on how the fault could rupture in the future.

Date published: July 31, 2020

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - April-July 2020

Much of the USGS fieldwork has been delayed, postponed, or canceled in the face of COVID-19. USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) scientists were able to safely venture out to collect beach elevations; biogeochemistry samples; water, soil, and meteorological data; and coral and algal samples, in San Francisco, Florida, Massachusetts, and the US Virgin Islands.

July 31, 2020

Sound Waves Newsletter - June-July 2020

In this issue of Sound Waves, we pay tribute to a beloved USGS colleague, Monty Hampton, and highlight his work on sand waves and sand lance in the Pacific Northwest; we also highlight USGS work on sand lance in the Atlantic and on tracking sea turtles to examine how changing environment affects marine life.