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Image: Southern California's Fire Landscape

Southern California's Fire Landscape

A screenshot from the USGS film "Living with Fire".

USGS is investigating ways to balance community fire risk management and native habitat conservation as part of the USGS Southern California Wildfire Risk Scenario Project, analyzing both human factors and natural factors.

Fire images courtesy of Tim Walton, Photo One Productions, CALFIRE. Shared with

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Image of a beach made by stacking many video frames together, to give a sense of change in a static image.

Santa Cruz Main Beach video camera dark image

Video camera dark image at Main Beach in Santa Cruz, California, looking eastward. Learn more about the cameras and how we're using them to study coastal change.

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Camera 1, Santa Cruz, California Main Beach time-averaged image from video camera looking at the sandy beach, pier, and ocean.

Santa Cruz Main Beach Webcam Time-Averaged Image

Video camera time-exposure image at Main Beach in Santa Cruz, California, looking eastward. Learn more about the cameras and how we're using them to study coastal change.

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Lassen Peak photographed from the Devastated Area about 4 hours bef...

Lassen Peak photographed from the Devastated Area about 4 hours bef...

Lassen Peak photographed from the Devastated Area about 4 hours before the explosive eruption of May 22, 1915.

Image: Assessing the Health of a Sugar Pine in California

Assessing the Health of a Sugar Pine in California

USGS biologists assess the health of a sugar pine, one of tens of  thousands of individual trees whose fates have been tracked annually throughout the drought in California.

Image of the front page of Sound Waves, Dec. 2018 - Jan. 2019
March 15, 2019

Sound Waves, Dec. 2018 - Jan. 2019

The stories in the Dec. 2018 - Jan. 2019 issue of Sound Waves:

Measuring Waves and Permafrost to Better Understand Erosion on Alaska's Arctic Coast

News Briefs

Added Funding Aids Recovery from 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires

Mapping the Stamp Sands of Lake Superior

Recent Fieldwork

Partnerships with the

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Santa Cruz Main Beach video camera bright image

Video camera bright image at Main Beach in Santa Cruz, California, looking eastward. Learn more about the cameras and how we're using them to study coastal change.

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Image of the front page of Sound Waves, July 2010
March 25, 2019

Sound Waves, July 2010

The stories in the July 2010 issue of Sound Waves:

https://archive.usgs.gov/archive/sites/soundwaves.usgs.gov/2010/07/

Scientists Study Coastal Erosion at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Geological Impacts of the February 2010