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The Pacific Region contains nine science centers across three States—California, Hawaii, and Nevada—and Trust Territories. The headquarters is located in Sacramento, California, where the Regional Director and staff work to further our strategic science direction.

News

research boat on delta
March 15, 2019

Earlier this month, over 40 scientists from the California Water Science Center attended the 2019 Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) Workshop in Folsom, California. 

Flooding in California
March 13, 2019

New U.S. Geological Survey-led coastal modeling research presents state, federal, and commercial entities with varying storm and sea level-rise scenarios to assist with planning for future infrastructure and mitigation needs along the California coast. 

Application window with parameter settings down the left, map showing results of parameter settings, and legend on right.
March 1, 2019

Oceanographer Juliette Finzi Hart of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center was invited by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to provide an overview of the USGS Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) at the 2019 California Transportation Planning Conference in San Diego.

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USGS
Date Published: December 29, 2106
Status: Completed

Sources of Microbial Contamination at Public Beaches, Santa Barbara

The focus of this study is on analysis of existing hydrologic, chemical, and microbiological data; collection of surface-water and shallow ground-water hydrologic, chemical, and microbiological data; and characterization of dissolved organic carbon composition.

Contacts: John Izbicki
In background, photo shows a view of a beach with hotels and skyscrapers along the shore, text advertisement on top.
Date Published: March 19, 2019
Status: Active

Science Seminar Series

Upcoming public seminars at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California will be listed here. Also check out a list of our past seminars.

USACE Drill Operator
Date Published: March 8, 2019
Status: Active

Soil Stratigraphy and Erosion Potential on the American and Sacramento Rivers

Much of the Sacramento region is protected from flooding by levees constructed on the American and Sacramento Rivers, which join near downtown Sacramento before flowing to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Salinas Valley
Date Published: February 27, 2019
Status: Active

Salinas and Carmel River Basins Study

Together, the Salinas and Carmel river basins include some of the world’s most fertile agricultural lands and are internationally known for their natural beauty; ecological diversity; multi-national cultural history; and recreation opportunities such as fishing, auto racing, and golfing. The area is oftentimes referred to as the “Salad Bowl of the World” or “America’s Salad Bowl” because of...

Salinas Valley
Date Published: February 27, 2019
Status: Active

Salinas and Carmel Rivers Basin Study: Paso Robles Model Update

The existing Paso Robles Basin Model (PRBM) needed to be updated and enhanced to achieve the timeline and objectives of the Salinas Carmel River Basin Study (SCRBS) for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and local partners.

Pajaro Valley
Date Published: February 26, 2019
Status: Active

Pajaro Valley Hydrologic Model Update, Data Collection, and Analysis for Sustainability

The Pajaro Valley is home to a billion-dollar agricultural industry, providing food and food processing services for the nation. The water for these enterprises is supplied, in large part, by the groundwater resources (aquifers) in the area. The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PV Water) and the USGS have partnered to improve aquifer monitoring software, allowing better quantification...

2017 Pacific Winter Floods Hydrograph for Nevada
Date Published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

2017 Pacific Winter Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the 2017 Pacific Winter Floods caused by widespread rains across California and western Nevada.

December 2014 Pacific Coast flood events
Date Published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

December 2014 Pacific Coast Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the December 2014 Pacific Coast floods, which included flash floods, heavy snows, high winds, and mudslides throughout Oregon, Washington, and California.

Study area of the Indian Wells Valley
Date Published: February 4, 2019
Status: Completed

Using the Basin Characterization Model (BCM) to Estimate Natural Recharge in Indian Wells Valley, California

Located in the northern Mojave Desert, the Indian Wells Valley has an arid environment, receiving only 4-6 inches of precipitation annually. Like most desert areas, Indian Wells Valley communities rely mostly on groundwater for their available groundwater supply. Increases in urban and agricultural development have resulted in increased groundwater pumpage for public and agricultural use,...

Contacts: Dina Saleh
 Study area of North Coast counties
Date Published: January 31, 2019
Status: Completed

Climate and Natural Resources Analysis and Planning for California's Northern Coast

The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) is an innovative, stakeholder-driven collaboration among local government, Tribes, watershed groups, and interested partners in the North Coast region of California. The North Coast comprises seven counties (Figure 1), Tribal lands, major watersheds, and a planning area of 19,390 square miles representing 12% of California's landscape. The NCRP...

Map of study domain shown in blue and yellow
Date Published: January 30, 2019
Status: Completed

Climate Ready Vulnerability Assessment

To create a framework for adapting to climate change, decision makers need to understand specific threats to our water supply, land use suitability, hazard risks, ecosystems and quality of life. A vulnerability assessment that defines the projected degree to which an ecosystem, landscape, or watershed is vulnerable to change will help to create this framework. Presently those who are open to...

Map of Russian River study area including basin areas
Date Published: January 30, 2019
Status: Completed

Coping with Drought in the Russian River Watershed

Drought in the Russian River region is keyed to the absence of large winter storms-the RR is winter rain-driven, with a few atmospheric river (AR) storms each year bringing 40-50% of the annual rainfall. Two multi-purpose reservoirs provide storage for warm-season uses, and there is little to no snow pack to extend the runoff season. The same ARs that provide beneficial water supply can also...

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Web Application
/data-tools/national-water-information-system-nwis-mapper

National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper

NWIS Mapper screenshot
March 5, 2019

The NWIS mapper provides access to over 1.5 million sites contained in the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS), including sites where current and historical surface-water, groundwater, springs, and atmospheric data has been collected. Users can search by site type, data type, site number, or place.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/coastal-and-marine-geoscience-data-system

Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System

Lidar data of the Gulf Islands, Florida
March 1, 2019

Site provides access to Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) data via Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards services; serving data to GeoMapApp and Virtual Ocean 2-D and 3-D earth browsing tools, for data integration, visualization and analysis; and metadata catalogs for data discovery.

Web Application
/data-tools/yucaipa-valley-hydrologic-monitoring

Yucaipa Valley Hydrologic Monitoring

Map of the Yucaipa Valley area displaying groundwater wells used to monitor water quality and groundwater basin boundaries as de
February 21, 2019

This site provides hydrologic data collected or compiled by the USGS in the Yucaipa area; some additional data may be available from the USGS database National Water Information System (NWIS).

Web Application
/data-tools/san-antonio-creek-monitoring-networks

San Antonio Creek Monitoring Networks

screenshot of interactive data map displaying  USGS wells in the San Antonio Creek groundwater basin
February 13, 2019

In order to understand the integrated hydrologic systems, many different types of data are being gathered from both the surface water and groundwater system. Learn about these data types and explore them with the interactive map.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/coastal-storm-modeling-system-cosmos-southern-california-v30-phase-2

Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) for Southern California, v3.0, Phase 2

Map of a coastline with labeled, colored blocks to show where data sets have been collected.
February 7, 2019

The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion for both current and future sea-level rise (SLR) scenarios. CoSMoS v3.0 for Southern California shows projections for future climate scenarios (sea-level rise and storms) to provide emergency responders and...

Science Datasets
/data-tools/groundwater-levels-and-water-quality-borrego-valley

Groundwater Levels and Water Quality | Borrego Valley

Tubes used for collecting groundwater samples protruding from a nested groundwater well
February 1, 2019

Table of groundwater well sites in the Borrego Valley that were sampled for groundwater quality and groundwater level measurements.  Provides links to data as well as archvied well documents.

Web Application
/data-tools/assessment-groundwater-quality-borrego-valley

Assessment of Groundwater Quality in the Borrego Valley

Screenshot of the Borrego Valley groundwater quality data map
January 31, 2019

The quality of groundwater in the Borrego Valley is a concern because it is the sole source of water for agricultural, recreational, and public supply. Explore the interactive water-quality data map for detailed information and to download data.

Floods
/data-tools/california-flood-activity-alerts

California Flood Activity Alerts

RSS feed logo
December 21, 2018

USGS Project Alert Notices RSS feed includes response summaries of USGS streamgaging network activity during storm events in California. These Notices are produced by USGS Streamgaging Programs nationally and can be found on the USGS Current Floods Website.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/oceanographic-and-water-quality-measurements-two-southern-california-coastal-wetlands

Oceanographic and Water Quality Measurements in two Southern California Coastal Wetlands, 2013-2014

Screen grab of study sites for Southern California Coastal Wetlands data release
December 20, 2018

The objective was to compare an urbanized wetland with limited sediment supply (Seal Beach) with a less modified marsh (Pt. Mugu) with fluvial sediment supply. Marine temperature, conductivity, pressure sensors, optical turbidity sensors and acoustic velocity meters were deployed on bottom platforms to quantify the conditions in the water column.

Web Application
/data-tools/drought-groundwater-california

Drought & Groundwater in California

line chart for continuous GPS site P304 in Mendota showing depth to water in feet and land subsidence in inches
December 19, 2018

Long-term groundwater-level data are fundamental to the resolution of problems dealing with groundwater availability and sustainability. Significant periods of time typically are required to collect water-level data needed to assess the effects of climate variability, to monitor the effects of regional aquifer development, or to obtain data sufficient for analysis of water-level trends.

Web Application
/data-tools/runoff-estimates-california

Runoff Estimates for California

line graph showing monthly runoff, in inches, for California for multiple years
December 19, 2018

Streams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs are important natural resources for irrigation, public supply, wetlands and wildlife.  Excess precipitation that flows into these sources is called runoff, and it's an important drought indicator.  The California Water Science Center tracks both monthly and annual runoff. 

Web Application
/data-tools/mojave-river-and-morongo-groundwater-basins-data-0

Mojave River and Morongo Groundwater Basins Data

screenshot of an interactive map of groundwater data in the Mojave region.  Well sites and water-level contours are displayed.
December 18, 2018

Interactive map of the Mojave and Morongo groundwater basins.  Data layers include sites and data for groundwater levels, water quality, and land subsidence.  Groundwater data spans 1992 to the present.

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Screenshot of the Borrego Valley groundwater quality data map
January 30, 2019

The quality of groundwater in the Borrego Valley is a concern because it is the sole source of water for agricultural, recreational, and public supply. Explore this interactive water-quality data map for detailed information and to download data.

screenshot of interactive data map displaying  USGS wells in the San Antonio Creek groundwater basin
December 18, 2018

In order to understand the integrated hydrologic systems in the San Antonio Creek Valley, many different types of data are being gathered from both the surface water and groundwater system. Learn about these data types and explore them with the interactive map.

screenshot of interactive map displaying groundwater, water quality, streamgage, and microgravity sites
December 10, 2018

The Lower Colorado Monitoring Network is a series of groundwater-level and water-quality wells, as well as streamgages and micro-gravity sites. This interactive map displays the sites and provides links to the most current data.

Map of California with areas of subsidence shaded by cause
December 7, 2018

In California, land subsidence—mostly from groundwater pumping—was first documented by the USGS in the early 20th century. Completion of State and Federal water projects that bring water from California's wet north to its dry south allowed some groundwater aquifers to recover, and subsidence decreased in these areas. Subsidence continues today, sometimes at high rates of more than 1 foot/year.

screenshot of the user interface
November 13, 2018

This interactive webmap plots water-quality data from domestic and public-supply wells sampled by the USGS for the California Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program Priority Basin Project (GAMA-PBP), and allows users to download datasets. The GAMA-PBP is a cooperative program between the California State Water Resources Control Board and the U.S. Geological Survey. 

screenshot of an interactive map of groundwater data in the Mojave region.  Well sites and water-level contours are displayed.
November 7, 2018

Interactive map of the Mojave and Morongo groundwater basins.  Data layers include sites and data for groundwater levels, water quality, and land subsidence.  Groundwater data spans 1994 to the present.

Map displaying areas in California where the USGS has built groundwater models
August 30, 2018

The USGS models shown on this site are in the public domain, and are freely available. They are based on MODFLOW and other public-domain USGS software. Links to publications and web resources associated with each model are shown in the table next to the model map. The associated model files for some of these models are currently available via download.

Thumbnail image of the cover of USGS Fact Sheet 2016-3020
April 16, 2018

Using information from recent earthquakes, improved mapping of active faults, and a new model for estimating earthquake probabilities, the 2014 Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities updated the 30-year earthquake forecast for California. They concluded that there is a 72 percent probability (or likelihood) of at least one earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater striking somewhere in

 location of and evidence for recent movement on active fault traces within the Hayward Fault Zone, California
April 11, 2018

This map shows the location of and evidence for recent movement on active fault traces within the Hayward Fault Zone, California.

Shake map for At511 Scenario
April 11, 2018

The maps in this archive display estimated intensities and ground motions for the largest earthquakes in the HayWired aftershock sequence. The aftershock sequence follows the HayWired M7.0 mainshock that is imagined to occur on April 18, 2018 along the Hayward Fault.These maps have been used in analyses of the HayWired scenario.

Interactive map showing earthquake scenario data
April 11, 2018

The HayWired scenario depicts a hypothetical M7.0 earthquake on California’s Hayward Fault. This site includes an interactive map showing fault traces and ShakeMap contours, information on the tectonic setting of the Hayward Fault and fault rupture history; and a USGS ShakeMap, which provides ground motion information for the HayWired scenario mainshock.

Map of California showing the sections of the coast where the USGS has generated computer models of storm impacts.
April 2, 2018

The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion for both current and future SLR scenarios, as well as long-term shoreline change and cliff retreat. Several versions of CoSMoS have been implemented for areas of the California coast, as shown on this map.

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Year Published: 2018

Application of the Stream Salmonid Simulator (S3) to the restoration reach of the Trinity River, California—Parameterization and calibration

Executive SummaryIn this report, we constructed and parameterized the Stream Salmonid Simulator (S3) for the 64-kilometer “Restoration Reach” of the Trinity River, just downstream of Lewiston Dam in northern California. S3 is a deterministic life-stage-structured population model that tracks daily growth, movement, and survival of juvenile salmon...

Perry, Russell W.; Jones, Edward C.; Plumb, John M.; Som, Nicholas A.; Hetrick, Nicholas J.; Hardy, Thomas B.; Polos, Joseph C; Martin, Aaron C.; Alvarez, Justin S.; De Juilio, Kyle P.
Perry, R.W., Jones, E.C., Plumb, J.M., Som, N.A., Hetrick, N.J., Hardy, T.B., Polos, J.C., Martin, A.C., Alvarez, J.S., and De Juilio, K.P., 2018, Application of the Stream Salmonid Simulator (S3) to the restoration reach of the Trinity River, California—Parameterization and calibration: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1174, 64 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181174.

Year Published: 2018

Emigration and transportation stress of juvenile Chinook salmon relative to their reintroduction upriver of Shasta Dam, California, 2017–18

The Bureau of Reclamation supports the Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation (SDFPE; Yip, 2015) program, and in 2016 set out to determine the feasibility of reintroducing winter-run and spring-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and steelhead (O. mykiss) to tributaries upstream of Shasta Dam. Ideally, reintroduction strategy includes...

Adams, Noah S.; Liedtke, Theresa L.; Plumb, John M.; Weiland, Lisa K.; Hansen, Amy C.; Evans, Scott D.
Adams, N.S., Liedtke, T.L., Plumb, J.M., Hansen, A.C., Evans, S.D., and Weiland., L.K., 2018, Emigration and transportation stress of juvenile Chinook salmon relative to their reintroduction upriver of Shasta Dam, California, 2017–18: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1144, 60 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181144.

Year Published: 2018

Survival, travel time, and utilization of Yolo Bypass, California, by outmigrating acoustic-tagged late-fall Chinook salmon

Juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) migrating through California's Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta toward the Pacific Ocean face numerous challenges to their survival. The Yolo Bypass is a broad floodplain of the Sacramento River that floods in about 70 percent of years in response to large, uncontrolled runoff events. As one of...

Pope, Adam C.; Perry, Russell W.; Hance, Dalton J.; Hansel, Hal C.
Pope, A.C., Perry, R.W., Hance, D.J., and Hansel, H.C., 2018, Survival, travel time, and utilization of Yolo Bypass, California, by outmigrating acoustic-tagged late-fall Chinook salmon: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1118, 33 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181118.

Year Published: 2018

Effects of the proposed California WaterFix North Delta Diversion on survival of juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, northern California

The California Department of Water Resources and Bureau of Reclamation propose new water intake facilities on the Sacramento River in northern California that would convey some of the water for export to areas south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (hereinafter referred to as the Delta) through tunnels rather than through the Delta. The...

Perry, Russell W.; Pope, Adam C.
Perry, R.W., and Pope, A.C., 2018, Effects of the proposed California WaterFix North Delta Diversion on survival of juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, northern California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1078, 94 p. plus appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181078.

Year Published: 2018

Juvenile Lost River and shortnose sucker year class strength, survival, and growth in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, and Clear Lake Reservoir, California—2016 Monitoring Report

Executive SummaryThe largest populations of federally endangered Lost River (Deltistes luxatus) and shortnose suckers (Chasmistes brevirostris) exist in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, and Clear Lake Reservoir, California. Upper Klamath Lake populations are decreasing because adult mortality, which is relatively low, is not being balanced by...

Burdick, Summer M.; Ostberg, Carl O.; Hoy, Marshal S.
Burdick, S.M., Ostberg, C.O., and Hoy, M.S., 2018, Juvenile Lost River and shortnose sucker year class strength, survival, and growth in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, and Clear Lake Reservoir, California—2016 Monitoring Report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1066, 43 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181066.

Year Published: 2018

Effects of the proposed California WaterFix North Delta Diversion on flow reversals and entrainment of juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) into Georgiana Slough and the Delta Cross Channel, northern California

The California Department of Water Resources and Bureau of Reclamation propose new water intake facilities on the Sacramento River in northern California that would convey some of the water for export to areas south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (hereinafter referred to as the Delta) through tunnels rather than through the Delta. The...

Perry, Russell W.; Romine, Jason G.; Pope, Adam C.; Evans, Scott D.
Perry, R.W., Romine, J.G., Pope, A.C., and Evans, S.D., 2018, Effects of the proposed California WaterFix North Delta Diversion on flow reversals and entrainment of juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) into Georgiana Slough and the Delta Cross Channel, northern California: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2018-1028, 46 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181028.

Year Published: 2018

Clayey landslide initiation and acceleration strongly modulated by soil swelling

Largely unknown mechanisms restrain motion of clay-rich, slow-moving landslides that are widespread worldwide and rarely accelerate catastrophically. We studied a clayey, slow-moving landslide typical of thousands in northern California, USA, to decipher hydrologic-mechanical interactions that modulate landslide dynamics. Similar to some other...

Schulz, William; Smith, Joel B.; Wang, Gonghui; Jiang, Yao; Roering, Joshua J.

Year Published: 2017

A prototype operational earthquake loss model for California based on UCERF3-ETAS – A first look at valuation

We present a prototype operational loss model based on UCERF3-ETAS, which is the third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast with an Epidemic Type Aftershock Sequence (ETAS) component. As such, UCERF3-ETAS represents the first earthquake forecast to relax fault segmentation assumptions and to include multi-fault ruptures, elastic-rebound...

Field, Edward H.; Porter, Keith; Milner, Kevn
Field, E. H., K. Porter, and K. Milner (2017). A Prototype Operational Earthquake Loss Model for California Based on UCERF3-ETAS – A First Look at Valuation, Earthquake Spectra, Volume 33, No. 4, pages 1–21, DOI: 10.1193/011817EQS017M

Year Published: 2017

Seismic response of soft deposits due to landslide: The Mission Peak, California, landslide

The seismic response of active and intermittently active landslides is an important issue to resolve to determine if such landslides present an elevated hazard in future earthquakes. To study the response of landslide deposits, seismographs were placed on the Mission Peak landslide in the eastern San Francisco Bay region for a period of one year....

Hartzell, Stephen H.; Leeds, Alena L.; Jibson, Randall W.
Stephen Hartzell, Alena L. Leeds, Randall W. Jibson; Seismic Response of Soft Deposits due to Landslide: The Mission Peak, California, Landslide. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America ; 107 (5): 2008–2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.1785/0120170033

Year Published: 2017

Science advancements key to increasing management value of life stage monitoring networks for endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon in California

A robust monitoring network that provides quantitative information about the status of imperiled species at key life stages and geographic locations over time is fundamental for sustainable management of fisheries resources. For anadromous species, management actions in one geographic domain can substantially affect abundance of subsequent life...

Johnson, Rachel C.; Windell, Sean; Brandes, Patricia L.; Conrad, J. Louise; Ferguson, John; Goertler, Pascale A. L.; Harvey, Brett N.; Heublein, Joseph; Isreal, Joshua A.; Kratville, Daniel W.; Kirsch, Joseph E.; Perry, Russell W.; Pisciotto, Joseph; Poytress, William R.; Reece, Kevin; Swart, Brycen G.
Johnson, R.C., S. Windell, P.L. Brandes, J. L. Conrad, J. Ferguson, P.A.L. Goertler, B.N. Harvey, J. Houblein, J.A. Isreal, D.W. Kratville, J.E. Kirsch, R.W. Perry, J. Pisciotto, W.R. Poytress, K. Reece, and B.G. Swart. 2017. Science advancements key to increasing management value of life stage monitoring networks for endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon in California. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 15(3): Article 1, 41 p.

Year Published: 2017

Refining fault slip rates using multiple displaced terrace risers—An example from the Honey Lake fault, NE California, USA

Faulted terrace risers are semi-planar features commonly used to constrain Quaternary slip rates along strike-slip faults. These landforms are difficult to date directly and therefore their ages are commonly bracketed by age estimates of the adjacent upper and lower terrace surfaces. However, substantial differences in the ages of the upper and...

Gold, Ryan D.; Briggs, Richard W.; Crone, Anthony J.; Duross, Christopher
Gold, R.D., Briggs, R.W., Crone, A.J., DuRoss, C.B., 2017. Refining fault slip rates using multiple displaced terrace risers—An example from the Honey Lake fault, NE California, USA. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 477, 134-146.

Year Published: 2017

Refining fault slip rates using multiple displaced terrace risers—An example from the Honey Lake fault, NE California, USA

Faulted terrace risers are semi-planar features commonly used to constrain Quaternary slip rates along strike-slip faults. These landforms are difficult to date directly and therefore their ages are commonly bracketed by age estimates of the adjacent upper and lower terrace surfaces. However, substantial differences in the ages of the upper and...

Gold, Ryan D.; Briggs, Richard W.; Crone, Anthony J.; Duross, Christopher
Gold, R.D., Briggs, R.W., Crone, A.J., DuRoss, C.B., 2017. Refining fault slip rates using multiple displaced terrace risers—An example from the Honey Lake fault, NE California, USA. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 477, 134-146.

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MODPATH-OBS_distance-direction-observations_USGS-hydrologic-modelling
November 9, 2018

The MODPATH-OBS (Hanson and others, 2013) computer program is designed to calculate simulated equivalents for observations related to advective groundwater transport that can be represented in a quantitative way by using simulated particle-tracking data. 

schematic one water hydrologic model
November 9, 2018

The One-Water Hydrologic Flow Model (MF-OWHM) (Hanson and others, 2014) is a MODFLOW-based integrated hydrologic flow model (IHM) that is the most complete version, to date, of the MODFLOW family of hydrologic simulators needed for the analysis of a broad range of conjunctive-use issues. 

multicolored map of Ocean Shores, Washington
April 13, 2017

The Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst is an ArcGIS extension that estimates how long it would take for someone to travel on foot out of a hazardous area that was threatened by a sudden event such as a tsunami, flash flood, or volcanic lahar. It takes into account the elevation changes and the different types of landcover that a person would encounter along the way.

subsurface grid showing relationship surface water and groundwater recharge
June 19, 2008

A Grid-Based, Distributed-Parameter Watershed Model to Estimate Net Infiltration Below the Root Zone

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Adaptive Management Forum
February 28, 2019

Adaptive Management Forum Brochure

Adaptive Management Forum Brochure.This conference was held at the University of California, Davis on February 5-6, 2019.

Juvenile salt marsh harvest mouse
December 31, 2018

Juvenile Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris)

USGS wildlife biologists holding a juvenile salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris). The species is listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Web browser screen showing an application with different parameters and controls on left and the resulting map on right.
December 31, 2018

Screenshot of Our Coast, Our Future

Screenshot of Our Coast, Our Future (OCOF) interactive map view of Stinson Beach, California, showing extent of flooding predicted if subjected to a sea-level rise of 100 centimeters (about 40 inches) and elevated water levels caused by a 100-year storm.

Brown landscape with volcano in the background
December 31, 2018

Mount Shasta, a steep-sided Cascade Range stratovolcano in Northern Ca

Mount Shasta, a steep-sided Cascade Range stratovolcano in Northern California, looms above Little Glass Mountain, a thick obsidian flow erupted from the Medicine Lake shield volcano about 1,000 years ago. These are just two of the young volcanic areas monitored by the USGS California Volcano Observatory. USGS photo.

examples of fieldwork done in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta
December 31, 2018

Fieldwork in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

Top row, left to right: Cordell Johnson (left) and Evan Dailey use the USGS R/V Fast Eddy to collect water samples. Cordell Johnson (left) and Jessie Lacy prepare to deploy a tripod holding instruments to measure water level, currents, and suspended sediment. USGS divers Jenny McKee (left) and Tim Elfers assemble the gear they will need to measure vegetation

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city skyline at night with tall buildings and bridge in left foreground lit up
December 31, 2018

The Bay Bridge and the Oakland city skyline

The nighttime Oakland city skyline as seen from San Francisco with the Bay Bridge in the foreground

November 29, 2018

PubTalk 11/2018 - California Birds

Title: The Least Bell's Vireo - A flagship species for riparian ecosystem conservation

The Least Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) is a songbird that is endangered in California:

  • What type of research is the USGS doing to help understand the threats these and other birds face?
  • How has our research during the last 30 years
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Researcher in Mojave Desert
November 29, 2018

Researcher in Mojave Desert

One of 1,695 repeat photographs taken to provide context for the classification of the Central Mojave Desert into various vegetation classes.

Snow falls on USGS Hydrologist, Joe Nawikas, as he collects groundwater samples in Mammoth, California.
November 28, 2018

Collecting Groundwater Samples in Mammoth, CA

Snow falls on USGS Hydrologist, Joe Nawikas, as he collects groundwater samples in Mammoth, California.

November 16, 2018

Image of the Week - California Wildfires

Satellites have captured views of the numerous major fires burning in California.

An image acquired on November 9, 2018, from NASA’s MODIS sensor on the Terra satellite shows smoke pouring out of two major fires, the Camp Fire and the Woolsey Fire, which both ignited the day before.

In the north, the Camp Fire quickly became the deadliest wildfire in the

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Scientist writing on clipboard, with small seismometer on the ground and mountains in the background
November 16, 2018

Collecting geophysics data at Pinnacles National Park

Research Hydrologist Paul Hsieh collects seismic data during a groundwater study at Pinnacles National Park in California. The red seismometer on the ground measures ambient seismic noise, which includes microtremors induced by wind, ocean waves, and human activity. The seismic data collected can be used to estimate unconsolidated sediment thickness, map the bedrock

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Attribution: Water Resources
Image from an application that navigates users through USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces
November 14, 2018

National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces

This is a graphic from the USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Explorer application, which allows user to drill into 70 oil and gas assessment provinces throughout the United States.

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research boat on delta
March 15, 2019

Earlier this month, over 40 scientists from the California Water Science Center attended the 2019 Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) Workshop in Folsom, California. 

Flooding in California
March 13, 2019

New U.S. Geological Survey-led coastal modeling research presents state, federal, and commercial entities with varying storm and sea level-rise scenarios to assist with planning for future infrastructure and mitigation needs along the California coast. 

Application window with parameter settings down the left, map showing results of parameter settings, and legend on right.
March 1, 2019

Oceanographer Juliette Finzi Hart of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center was invited by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to provide an overview of the USGS Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) at the 2019 California Transportation Planning Conference in San Diego.

Three illustrations to show location of a study site, each labeled with distinctive areas, where there are high coastal cliffs.
March 1, 2019

On Monday, February 25, 2019, research geologist Jonathan Warrick of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center spoke with ABC7 News about a February 22 landslide that injured one woman and buried another at San Francisco’s Fort Funston beach.

A group of men and women stand and kneel in front of a wall filled with a collection of maps and photos, everyone is smiling.
February 21, 2019

Core players in “Expanding Pacific Research and Exploration of Submerged Systems” (EXPRESS) held a planning workshop at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, November 29–30.

Delta Stewardship Council logo
February 14, 2019

Great Lakes Phragmites programs served as a case study for the Delta Stewardship Council

A picture of a river in the neonicotionoid insecticide study
January 14, 2019

This month California Water Science Center Scientist Dr. Michelle Hladik and others published an article on water treatment processes and their effects on neonicotinoid pesticides and the potential health threats they pose.

Underwater photo of a rocky outcrop with many multicolored corals growing on it.
November 29, 2018

Researchers from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC) participated in a research cruise to survey deep-water coral, sponge, and fish habitats off U.S. West Coast.

A low-flying helicopter towing a geophysical device collects scientific data for salinity and aquifer mapping.
November 20, 2018

A low-flying helicopter under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the California State Water Resources Control Board, has begun collecting and recording geophysical measurements for purpose of groundwater salinity and aquifer mapping.

A man walks across low sand dunes wearing a backpack and carrying a hand-held computer, near water, smoke stacks in distance.
November 1, 2018

From October 9–15, USGS personnel surveyed beaches and the adjacent ocean floor along Monterey Bay’s northern coast.

People stand around a table with posters laid on top, listening thoughtfully to a man who is talking.
November 1, 2018

On October 17, 2018, 17 staff members from the City of Santa Cruz, California toured USGS facilities in the city.

city skyline at night with tall buildings and bridge in left foreground lit up
October 17, 2018

By Thomas M. Brocher, Jack Boatwright, James J. Lienkaemper, Carol S. Prentice, David P. Schwartz, and Howard Bundock

Drawn from: USGS Fact Sheet 2018-3052

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