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Area above Utuado where possible landslides initiation can occur.
December 31, 2017

LS Puerto Rico

View of the landscape from near the monitoring station.

September 30, 2017

USGS Hurricane Preparedness

Before a hurricane, USGS Scientists undertake a data collection effort of a grand scale. They install a temporary mobile network of sensors along the coasts to collect additional data on the intensity of storm surge, one of the most dangerous elements of a hurricane. This effort provides critical information that allows various USGS partners and emergency responders to

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September 29, 2017

Image of the Week - Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Landsat 8 imagery shows the change in vegetation on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.

USGS EROS Center (https://eros.usgs.gov/)

Preparing to measure Irma's storm surge in Puerto Rico
September 4, 2017

Preparing to measure Irma's storm surge in Puerto Rico

Along the northeast coast of Puerto Rico, USGS hydrologic technician Francisco Almanzar surveys reference elevation points to ensure the accuracy of water level data. Almanzar and other USGS employees installed nine storm surge sensors along the coast on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 as Hurricane Irma approached. 

July 31, 2017

A Current Immersion

Curt Storlazzi of the USGS explains how the water cycle pulled him into oceanography, and how his personal interests parallel his profession.
 

Underwater photo of a sandy and rocky reef environment with a tray of equipment held down on the rocky area with weights.
July 27, 2017

Reef-mounted instruments

Instrument package mounted to the seaward slope of a coral reef off southwestern Puerto Rico.

Irrigation method in Santa Isabel, PR
February 24, 2014

Irrigation method in Santa Isabel, PR

Irrigation method in Santa Isabel, PR

Bird watching on the Quebrada Margarita at Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
August 13, 2013

Bird watching on the Quebrada Margarita

Bird watching on the Quebrada Margarita at Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

video thumbnail: Climate Connections: Questions from Puerto Rico
October 31, 2011

Climate Connections: Questions from Puerto Rico

America has questions about climate change, and the USGS has real answers. In this episode of Climate Connections, USGS scientists answer questions gathered from Puerto Rico. Questions include:

- Why has the rainy season been so long in Puerto Rico?
- How is global warming impacting the island of Puerto Rico?
- What are solar storms and are they

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View of Dos Bocas reservoir, Utuado, PR
May 19, 2006

View of Dos Bocas reservoir, Utuado, Puerto Rico

View of Dos Bocas reservoir, Utuado, Puerto Rico

View looking up-stream toward Carraizo Dam, under drought conditions, 1994
December 31, 1994

View looking up-stream toward Carraizo Dam, under drought conditions

View looking up-stream toward Carraizo Dam in Loiza, Puerto Rico, under drought conditions.

View looks out across the ocean with an island on the horizon.

Tres Palmas Video Camera Far-Field Timex

Video camera time-exposure image at Tres Palmas in Rincón, on the west coast of Puerto Rico. Learn more about the cameras and how we're using them to study wave dynamics.