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USGS research brings new focus to strategic monitoring of wildfire impacts on water supplies

USGS research brings new focus to strategic monitoring of wildfire impacts on water supplies

Wildfires are a natural process in many ecosystems, but they are increasing in size, severity and frequency in many areas across the United States.

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Fire, Ecosystems, Climate: It’s Complicated

Fire, Ecosystems, Climate: It’s Complicated

USGS is disentangling the interwoven fire-ecosystem-climate relationship to better understand and predict how it will change into the future.

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Embers of Wisdom: The Yurok Tribe and USGS Partnership in Culturally Prescribed Fire Management

Embers of Wisdom: The Yurok Tribe and USGS Partnership in Culturally Prescribed Fire Management

Culturally prescribed burning is a sustainable method for managing land and enhancing the resilience of streams and watersheds. USGS and Yurok Tribe...

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds stoke wildland fire science investments

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds stoke wildland fire science investments

Scientists and experts at the U.S. Geological Survey now have access to historic natural resource investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure...

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U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: A Conservation Orchestra for the Melodies of Hakalau Forest

U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: A Conservation Orchestra for the Melodies of Hakalau Forest

Native Hawaiians have a deep kinship with Hawaiian forest birds and revere, honor, and deify them as family, ancestors, guardians, spirits, and gods...

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Preparing for volcano hazards: Where is the world’s largest lahar evacuation drill held?

Preparing for volcano hazards: Where is the world’s largest lahar evacuation drill held?

At around 14,410-feet Mount Rainier, a snowcapped volcano in the Cascade Range, towers above the Puget Lowlands.  

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Wind Energy and Wildlife: We can Have Both

Wind Energy and Wildlife: We can Have Both

Wind is a resource we share with wildlife, but as wind energy expands, so too do the questions surrounding the impact of wind energy on wildlife. 

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The Solar Eclipse and Our Place in Space

The Solar Eclipse and Our Place in Space

On April 8, 2024, millions of people across North America will have the chance to witness a rare and spectacular phenomenon – a total solar eclipse. 

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Strong Quake and Aftershocks Rattle Eastern Taiwan

Strong Quake and Aftershocks Rattle Eastern Taiwan

Magnitude 7.4 and magnitude 6.4 earthquakes struck near Hualien City, Taiwan on April 3, 2024.

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USGS and Australia to continue partnership in Landsat Next satellite mission

USGS and Australia to continue partnership in Landsat Next satellite mission

The U.S. Geological Survey and Australia move toward a partnership as Australia agrees to join upcoming Landsat Next satellite mission.

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World Water Day: How the USGS is using imagery as data for water science

World Water Day: How the USGS is using imagery as data for water science

While World Water Day only comes around once a year on March 22, USGS scientists work every day to deliver information on a wide range of water...

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Ten years after the Oso landslide

Ten years after the Oso landslide

Ten years ago this week, on a clear and sunny Saturday morning in western Washington State, the hillside above the community of Steelhead Haven gave...

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