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Natural Hazards

Every year in the United States, natural hazards threaten lives and livelihoods and result in billions of dollars in damage. We work with many partners to monitor, assess, and conduct targeted research on a wide range of natural hazards so that policymakers and the public have the understanding they need to enhance preparedness, response, and resilience.

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Reducing Risk

Reducing Risk

USGS scientists develop new products to make science available to the public, emergency managers, and decision-makers. These efforts increase public safety and reduce risk and economic losses caused by natural hazards.

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Hazard Research

Hazard Research

USGS scientists conduct research to understand earth processes and the natural hazards they can pose to society in order to increase public safety and reduce risk and economic loss.

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News

Date published: April 24, 2019

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center staff contribute to 4th National Climate Assessment

Ocean and coastal ecosystems in the northeast are being affected by large changes in a variety of climate-related environmental conditions. 

Date published: April 24, 2019

International Gas Hydrate Workshop held in Tromso, Norway

The 2019 Sedimentary Gas Hydrate Workshop held in Tromso, Norway brought together early-career researchers and international experts including  Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Research Geophysicist, Bill Waite, who has spent his career being...

Date published: April 23, 2019

Coupled-Ocean-Atmosphere-Waves-Sediment Transport (COAWST) Modeling System Training

Predicting Coastal Storm Impacts: 4th COAWST Model Training in the James Hunt Library at North Carolina State University, hosted by John Warner, Research Oceanographer of the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center.

Publications

Year Published: 2019

Stratigraphic and structural relations in trench exposures and geomorphology at the Big Burn, Lily Lake, and Lester Ranch sites, Bear River Fault Zone, Utah and Wyoming

This report provides trench photomosaics, logs and related site information, age data, and earthquake event evidence from three paleoseismic trench sites on the Bear River Fault Zone. Our motivation for studying the Bear River Fault Zone—a nascent normal fault in the Rocky Mountains east of the Basin and Range physiographic province—is twofold: (1...

Hecker, Suzanne; Duross, Christopher; Schwartz, David P.; Cinti, Francesca R.; Civico, Riccardo; Lund, William R.; Hiscock, Adam I.; West, Michael W.; Wilcox, Tarka; Stoller, Alivia R.
Hecker, S., DuRoss, C.B., Schwartz, D.P., Cinti, F.R., Civico, R., Lund, W.R., Hiscock, A.I., West, M.W., Wilcox, T., and Stoller, A.R., 2019, Stratigraphic and structural relations in trench exposures and geomorphology at the Big Burn, Lily Lake, and Lester Ranch sites, Bear River Fault Zone, Utah and Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3430, 8 p., 3 sheets, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3430.

Year Published: 2019

Improving earthquake forecasts during swarms with a duration model

Earthquake swarms present a challenge for operational earthquake forecasting because they are driven primarily by transient external processes, such as fluid flow, the behavior and duration of which are difficult to predict. In this study, we develop a swarm duration model to estimate how long a swarm is likely to last based on actuarial...

Llenos, Andrea L.; Van Der Elst, Nicholas

Year Published: 2019

Better approaches to managing drought in the American Southwest

The second in a series of USGS Southwest Region (SWR) “Science Exchange” annual workshops, focused on USGS drought science. The participants considered how extreme drought conditions are evolving in much of the American southwest, with an emphasis on integrated drought science planning at the USGS bureau and program levels. The increased need for...

Lambert, Patrick; Titus, Timothy N.; Ostroff, Andrea