Jonathan Stock is a research geologist and director of the USGS National Innovation Center (NIC). The Center’s goal is to identify national scientific problems where our core interests are aligned with our partners, and to pursue them jointly using scarce federal dollars to best serve the public.
The Center works with technology partners in the Bay Area and beyond, including Carnegie Mellon University, NASA Ames, UC Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Aquarium and Research Institute, to design, test and bring into operation the next generation of tools to address challenges from environmental pollution, sea level rise, earthquakes, landslides and other geologic hazards. In his role as a research scientist, Jonathan uses mapping, real-time monitoring, and modeling to understand the effects of climate and land use change on the hazards and evolution of steep landscapes. His previous work has been directed at constraining the relief of ancient mountain ranges, numerical calibration of landscape evolution laws, and the mechanisms by which Earth’s steep valleys are cut by debris flows. He is currently working on real-time monitoring of shallow landslides and debris flows in the Bay Area and northern California, forecasting geologic hazards from future storms, the effects of land use on maintaining DoD training areas and on coral reef pollution in the Pacific, and the evolution and hazards of alluvial fans.
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Space Economy Workshop Series 2023
Characterizing high-resolution soil burn severity, erosion risk, and recovery using Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS)
2022 Post-Doctoral Fellow - Geophysical Techniques for Off-World Resource Surveys
Next Generation Stream Gaging
5th Federal UxS Workshop
UAS Research Center
Characterizing magmatic gases directly in the field
Fourth Federal UAS Workshop
FUAS call for proposals
Third Federal UAS Workshop
Interagency Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity
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Space Economy Workshop Series 2023Technologies to Fill Observation & Capability Gaps for the Off-World Mineral Resource Economy NASA and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are hosting an invitational workshop intended to inform the development of new technologies to detect and assess off-world mineral resources, as well as to identify alignments with advanced terrestrial applications. April 11, 2023 at NASA Ames, Moffett...
Characterizing high-resolution soil burn severity, erosion risk, and recovery using Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS)The western United States is experiencing severe wildfires whose observed impacts, including post-wildfire floods and debris flows, appear to be increasing over time.
2022 Post-Doctoral Fellow - Geophysical Techniques for Off-World Resource SurveysUSGS is partnering with NASA and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) for Research and Engineering to increase capabilities in off-world resource surveying. We propose to explore the utility and feasibility of geophysical techniques to characterize potential resources in the near subsurface of the Moon and Mars, improving our ability to detect, map, and characterize in situ...
Next Generation Stream GagingUSGS scientists and partners have developed and deployed a low-cost, low-power stream gage system that could meet California’s next generation water needs. The system is now in experimental deployment in Sonoma County, addressing post-wildfire runoff threats and is being developed for the Upper Feather River watershed in northern California - a primary source of the state's water supply. This...
5th Federal UxS WorkshopWelcome Back! The Federal UxS community returns to in-person meetings to explore new opportunities, and plenty of challenges, together. The overarching goal of the workshop is to approach UxS challenges with a whole-of-Government team, leveraging successes within our Agencies to accelerate our national UxS enterprise and focus group resources on shared expertise and new opportunities. Mark your...
UAS Research CenterSupporting cutting edge research using UAS for earth science applications and missions for the National Uncrewed Systems Office (NUSO). Our UAS engineers design, build, test, and implement UAS and payload technologies supporting a wide range of projects from measuring streamflow and magnetics, to ground penetrating radar for soil moisture and snow depth. We work with USGS PI’s to develop payloads...
Characterizing magmatic gases directly in the fieldUSGS scientist Peter Kelly with the support of the National Innovation Center and partnering with Los Gatos Research, Inc. collaborated to adapt a commercially-available, industrial, in situ HCl-HF analyzer for use in airborne and ground-based measurements of volcanic gases.
Fourth Federal UAS WorkshopNovember 17 - 19, 2020 Virtual Workshop
Employment OpportunitiesCome to Silicon Valley and work with USGS and NASA on the next generation of UASDownload flyer
FUAS call for proposalsWith this Call for Proposals, the National Land Imaging and Innovation Centers are funding work that will fill observational gaps with new or modified UAS-deployed sensors.Download proposal template
Third Federal UAS WorkshopMay 14-16 2019, NASA Ames Research Center Bldg 3, Moffett Field, Mountain View, CA
Interagency Postdoctoral Fellowship OpportunityIn fall of 2018, USGS and NASA launched an interagency postdoctoral fellowship. This jointly-funded pilot program will bring researchers to Silicon Valley to explore the application of cutting edge science and technology to some of our Nation's biggest challenges.