Western Geographic Science Center


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Date published: July 26, 2017

Dr. Laura Norman presents "Ecohydrology of Aridland Water Harvesting"

Dr. Norman visited the USGS Menlo Park to provide a lecture describing her research with the Land Change Science Program. Soil erosion and land degradation pose serious threats to sustainable development of arid and semi-arid ecosystems.

Date published: July 19, 2017

Fog of the Santa Cruz Mountain Redwoods

There's more to redwood forests that magnificent trees. See how redwoods are teaching scientists how to harvest water from fog.

Date published: June 27, 2017

Presentations of a Binational Flooding Model and Warning System

USGS scientists were asked to present their research to the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and their counterpart in Mexico, la Comisión Internacional de Límites y Aguas (CILA), describing flood magnitudes and real-time rain gage and hydrometric data for the Nogales watershed, in SE Arizona, U.S.A., and Northern Sonora, Mexico. 

Date published: June 12, 2017

Western Geographic Science Center contacted by Arizona newspaper about Restoration Efforts in Arizona/Sonora

Research scientist Laura Norman spoke with Alexander Devoid, with the Arizona Republic and provided information describing her research for an upcoming story about the restoration effort at Cuenca Los Ojos in Arizona, USA, and Sonora, Mexico.

Date published: March 29, 2017

A Survey to Quantify the Social Value of Ecological Restoration and a Restoration Economy

A questionnaire was developed that prioritizes values influencing social behavior and consumer choice associated with ecological restoration activities in SE Arizona. The goal is to systematically quantify community preferences about the environment in the context of economic demand, so they can be incorporated into local watershed management decisions.

Date published: March 20, 2017

Preparing for Tsunami Hazards on Washington’s Pacific Coast

Hours before Japan was struck by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and the ensuing catastrophic tsunami, John Schelling spoke at a public meeting in the coastal community of Oceans Shores, Washington, about preparing for tsunami hazards. The few dozen people attending the meeting went home that evening and watched in horror as the events in Japan unfolded.

Date published: February 17, 2017

WGSC Researcher Invited to Lecture at Newly-Formed Aravaipa Watershed Conservation Alliance Meeting

The Aravaipa Canyon Preserve of The Nature Conservancy will host Dr. Laura Norman, a Research Physical Scientist with the Western Geographic Science Center to speak  to the newly-formed Aravaipa Watershed Conservation Alliance (AWCA) in Klondyke, Ariz,. at the old schoolhouse. 

Date published: December 17, 2016

WGSC Researcher Invited to Lecture at Watershed Meeting

The Friends of Sonoita Creek, an Arizona non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Sonoita Creek and its watershed hosted Dr. Laura Norman, a Research Physical Scientist with the Western Geographic Science Center.

Date published: December 17, 2016

Laura Norman's watershed restoration presentation praised in local news!

There was a full house at Cady Hall on Saturday, Dec. 17 to hear USGS scientist Laura Norman, PhD, talk about our water, the liquid gold of the Patagonia watershed. Her presentation was sponsored by the Friends of Sonoita Creek (FOS).

Date published: November 21, 2016

USGS Scientist Researching 'Restoration Economy' in US-Mexico Borderlands

An article published in the Scientific American describes how conservationists along the poverty-stricken Arizona–Mexico are repairing habitat for more than 900 species of wild pollinators and boosting livelihoods.

Date published: November 9, 2016

USGS at Southwest Restoration Conference

USGS scientists from the Western Geographic Science Center  helped host the Society for Ecological Restoration – Southwest Chapter (SER-SW) 2016 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Date published: September 12, 2016

Tsunami Evacuation Plans – One Size Does Not Fit All: A Case Study in Alameda, California

Tsunami evacuation planning in coastal communities is typically based on maximum evacuation zones that reflect a combination of all potential extreme tsunamis. However, in the case of a smaller tsunami, this approach may result in more people being evacuated than need to be, and in doing so, may overly disrupt the local economy, and strain resources needed during emergency response.