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Date published: October 19, 2015

USGS scientist invited to speak at USDA Forest Service’s "Firescape Watershed" meeting

The USFS Douglas District Ranger for the Coronado National Forest, invited Dr. Laura Norman (USGS) to present some of her hydrologic modeling results and related research to determine which watersheds have the best potential for positive effects of restoration in the future.

Date published: September 16, 2015

USGS engaged in a Wild-Linkages Binational Partnership

The Western Geographic Science Center of the USGS will host the the 1st Meeting of the Wild Linkages Binational Partnership on September 16th. Participants from both the US and Mexico will meet to discuss habitat corridors necessary to maintain wildlife biodiversity in the borderlands.

Date published: September 14, 2015

USGS hosts USDA Forest Service’s "Conservation Conversations" meeting

The USFS “Conservation Conversations” held their meeting at the USGS in Tucson. The forum consists of periodic meetings between individuals and representatives of environmental and stakeholder groups and Coronado National Forest personnel to identify and discuss issues and opportunities on the forest.

Date published: January 28, 2015

Scientists gather at USGS to discuss findings from Napa quake

MENLO PARK, Calif. (KGO) -- 

Five months after the South Napa earthquake, scientists gathered on Wednesday at the U.S. Geological Survey to talk about what they're learning from it and what it means for the next big one here in the Bay Area.

Date published: December 8, 2014

Research on Water Harvesting Featured in Report to President

The Good Neighbor Environmental Board issued its 16th annual report to the president, recommending specific federal actions to develop a more comprehensive approach to ecological restoration in the U.S. - Mexico Border Region.

Date published: November 17, 2014

Unmanned Aerial Systems new research tool for wildlife, land

USGS scientists are working with the Bureau of Land Management to monitor ecosystem restoration in Southeast Arizona with unmanned aerial systems November 17-21.

Date published: October 1, 2014

USGS Scientist Elected President of the Southwest Chapter of Society for Ecological Restoration

Laura M. Norman, USGS Research Physical Scientist, was nominated and elected President of the Society for Ecological Restoration, Southwest Chapter (SER-SW). 

Date published: February 4, 2014

Rooftop Refuge

Pedestrian evacuation modeling by USGS geographers Nathan Wood and Jeanne Jones and Sacramento State University is featured in a story about vertical evacuation refuges in southwest Washington for the February 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Date published: January 30, 2014

NASA to Map 3.7 Billion Acres of Cropland Around the World

Scientists at NASA acknowledged a long time ago the necessity of conducting more global food security studies, whose conclusions must be used for informing policies and developing mechanisms of ensuring that the world does not starve. A recent effort to map vast swaths of Earth's croplands reflects the agency's commitment to this goal. 

Date published: January 9, 2014

NASA Maps Earth's Croplands from Space

It takes a lot of land to grow food for the world's seven billion people. About a third of Earth's terrestrial surface is used for agriculture. And about a third of that, in turn, is used to grow crops. Now, a new NASA-funded effort aims to map crop fields worldwide, identify what's growing where, and determine whether it's irrigated or fed by rain.

Date published: September 5, 2013

California Tsunami Would Have Costly Aftermath

The fearsome aftermath of a tsunami striking California might cost at least $3.4 billion to repair, but neither of the state's nuclear power plants would be damaged, suggests a new analysis that could help officials and the public prepare for a tsunami and reduce risks before any such disasters happen.

Date published: April 11, 2013

USGS speaking at Ranch Meeting

Laura Norman was invited to deliver a talk at the Malpai Borderlands Group Annual Agency Meeting to describe her Watershed Study for the San Bernardino Valley.