Science for a Changing World

Safeguarding Communities

USGS scientists provide essential information on natural hazards to enhance community preparedness, response, and resilience. The USGS also works to safeguard the health of humans through research to understand and minimize exposures to chemical and microbial hazards in the environment. USGS science further safeguards Americans by informing many other matters related to national security. 

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Date published: November 17, 2016
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Water is Life for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

For the Swinomish people of northwestern Washington, water is life. But this symbiotic relationship between man and nature has been disrupted, and increasingly threatened, by sea-level rise and changes in Northwestern storm and rainfall patterns.

Date published: November 15, 2016

Assessing Critical Infrastructure Damage After Earthquakes

Early on the morning of August 24, 2014, Loren Turner was awoken by clattering window blinds, a moving bed, and the sound of water splashing out of his backyard pool. He experienced what is now named the “South Napa Earthquake.”