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NGTOC 2 locations - smudge
Research geophysicist Danny Brothers (left) points to a map and talks about his research on mapping offshore faults with Congressman Jimmy Panetta (20th district, California, center) while staffer Emmanuel Garcia takes notes.
Congressman Jimmy Panetta, at left, listens as research geophysicist Janet Watt presents USGS efforts to map the seafloor to assess earthquake hazards in places such as San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. Researcher Jenna Hill looks on.
San Clemente Dam was a 106-foot-high concrete arch dam that was located approximately 18.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean on the Carmel River. It was built in 1921 to create a reservoir to support the growing residential, agricultural, and tourism-related development. Since the 1960s the reservoir had become increasingly sedimented, with over 90 percent of the reservoir...
NGTOC - Denver Rolla locations
Distribution of Chronic Wasting Disease in North America, updated September 2018.
USGS Research Geologist Dr. Erika Lentz is conducting real-time kinematic GPS surveys on barrier island dunes, part of her research looking at how coastal landscapes respond to sea-level rise.
David Stillwell, USGS hydrologic technician, performs a discharge measurement to help document and forecast flooding caused by Hurricane Florence at Long Creek in Rhyne, North Carolina on Sept. 16.
A WaterWatch web map shows streamgages in North and South Carolina that approached or exceeded major flood stage EST on September 19, 2018, as the former Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, deluged the states with rain.
Attachment H: USGS 3DEP Priority Areas for Data Acquisition
This photo shows one of 8 storm sensors deployed in Pennsylvania to monitor the potential effects Hurricane Florence could have on already high rivers across the state. Photo by Matthew Gyves, USGS.
3DEP FY19 Consolidated High Priority Federal Areas of Interest
3DEP FY19-21 Federal Areas of Interest
USDA-ARS Multi-Year 3DEP Priority Areas for Data Acquisition
FEMA Multi-Year 3DEP Priority Areas for Data Acquisition
USFWS Multi-Year 3DEP Priority Areas for Data
NOAA Multi-Year 3DEP Priority Areas for Data
NPS Multi-Year 3DEP Priority Areas for Data Acquisition
NRCS Multi-Year 3DEP Priority Areas for Data Acquisition
Fiscal Year 2018 status of 3DEP quality data, as of August 2018
Figure 1. A map of the project area and the three study reaches: Skamania (SK), John Day (JD), and Kootenai (KO).
The Coastal Change Hazards Storm Team has forecast changing water levels at specific locations over time.
The USGS Coastal Change Hazards Storm Team has forecast coast-wide levels of beach erosion, inundation and overwash due to Hurricane Florence's expected path and landgfall.
Screen shot of the Coastal Change Hazards Portal showing potential coastal change impacts during a direct landfall of Hurricane Florence based on NHC Advisory 48, 500 AM AST TUE SEP 11 2018.
A USGS storm-tide sensor, deployed in advance of Hurricane Florence's landfall. The sensors are housed in vented steel pipes a few inches wide and about a foot long. They are being installed on bridges, piers, and other structures that have a good chance of surviving the storm.
The information the sensors collect will help define the depth and duration of a storm...
Elevation model - multiscale representation
This USGS storm-tide sensor was installed Sept. 9 in Dare County, North Carolina, in preparation for Hurricane Florence. Photo by Steve Harden, USGS.
Mountain pine beetles are about the size of a grain of rice, so of course we can’t see them from space in satellite images. What is visible is what the beetles can do to a pine forest. The washed-out pink color indicates large areas of standing dead or damaged trees.
LANDFIRE Existing Vegetation Type imagery.
In preperation for Apollo 15, David Scott and James Irwin trained with a training version of the Lunar Rover known as the "Grover". Apollo 15 was the first mission to bring a rover. This allowed the astronauts to cover a larger distance and explore a larger area.
USGS hydrologic technicians Keith Hein and Pete Elliott explain site selection and operation of USGS streamgages to staff members of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho's Fish and Wildlife Department at streamgage station 12310100, Kootenai River at Tribal Hatchery near Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The training was part of the USGS TEchnical training in S...
Dan Monson standing in Bryce Canyon National Park.
Screen shot of the Coastal Change Hazards Portal showing potential coastal change impacts during a direct landfall of Tropical Storm Gordon based on NHC Advisory 8, 0700 AM CDT SEP 04 2018.