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The Southwest Region includes California, Nevada, and Arizona. The Regional Office, headquartered in Sacramento, provides Center oversight and support, facilitates internal and external collaborations, and works to further USGS strategic science directions.

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December 18, 2014

PubTalk 12/2014 — Ten Years After the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

How geology is reducing tsunami risk

by Bruce Jaffe, USGS Research Oceanographer

 

  • Improvements in tsunamis warnings since the 2004 Indian Ocean devastation.
  • Is California vulnerable to tsunamis?
  • What is the geologic calling card of a tsunami?
  • How does the geologic record foretell of future
A group of people walk together, chatting, along a wide sidewalk elevated above a beach area in the background.
December 18, 2014

Researcher gives tour to VIPs

USGS Research geologist Patrick Barnard (wearing USGS jacket) walks with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (wearing San Francisco jacket), US Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (next to Mayor Lee), and other VIPs, above Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Dr. Barnard led a coastal climate change field trip on December 18, 2014, to show VIPs erosion along the outer coast

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A man speaks to a group of people on a walkway above the ocean, he is gesturing while he talks.
December 18, 2014

Patrick Barnard gives tour and speaks with VIPs

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (2nd and 3rd from left), and Acting USGS Director Suzette Kimball (far right, foreground), listen to USGS research geologist Patrick Barnard, far left, as he leads a field trip on the cliffs above Ocean Beach, San Francisco to discuss coastal climate impacts on highly erosive coastlines. This narrow

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November 20, 2014

PubTalk 11/2014 — Water, Nuts, and the Nation's Fruit Bowl

California's Central Valley Hydrologic Science

by Claudia Faunt, USGS Hydrologist

 

  • Using about 1% of U.S. farmland, California's Central Valley supplies 7% of the U.S. agricultural output (by value) -- 1/4 of the Nation's food, including about half of the Nation's fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
  • Approximately 20
Three men working on the back of a small boat operating gear and moving equipment.
November 7, 2014

Working on R/V Parke Snavely

PCMSC scientists maneuver the camera sled for deployment off R/V Parke Snavely in Monterey Bay. They will navigate the camera sled just above the seafloor to get a close-up view. Video, photographs, and real-time observations of seafloor geology and biological cover help develop and verify the maps created from sonar data.

A boat motors along a waterway with a jetty in the background, waters are calm and there's a lighthouse at the end of the jetty.
November 6, 2014

PCMSC research vessel Parke Snavely enters Santa Cruz Harbor

USGS Pacific Ocastal and Marine Science Center's research vessel R/V Parke Snavely motors into Santa Cruz Harbor. The lighthouse, also known as the Santa Cruz Breakwater Lighthouse, was remodeled and renamed the Walton Lighthouse on June 9, 2002.

View looking down from a bridge and onto a boat's stern and cabin top as it passes under the bridge.
October 30, 2014

View of top of R/V Parke Snavely

View looks down from a bridge as USGS research vessel R/V Parke Snavely passes beneath.

October 30, 2014

PubTalk 10/2014 — Wolf and Elk Diseases in Yellowstone

by Paul Cross, USGS Research Wildlife Biologist

 

  • What can diseases of wildlife tell us about the emergence of human pandemics?
  • Why is a bacterial disease expanding to animals beyond the Greater Yellowstone area?
  • How are diseases affecting Yellowstone wolves?
Photo looks down on top of a research vessel's pilot house roof and the deck, as the boat passes under a bridge
October 30, 2014

R/V Parke Snavely with swath system

The USGS research vessel, R/V Parke Snavely, passes under a bridge near the Santa Cruz Harbor where she docks. Snavely is owned and operated by the USGS Pacific Coastal and Mairne Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.

Photograph of a metal research boat as it motors slowly through a yacht harbor and is about to pass under a bridge.
October 30, 2014

R/V Parke Snavely in Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor

USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center's research vessel Parke Snavely motors slowly up into the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor where she docks.

USGS all-terrain vehicle is equipped with GPS and collects beach topography on Rio Del Mar State Beach, Aptos, CA
October 21, 2014

USGS ATV Collecting Topographic Data

Photograph shows a USGS scientist navigating an all-terrain vehicle equipped with GPS, collecting topographic data on Rio Del Mar State Beach in Aptos, California. Gathering this type of information helps USGS scientists to document the changes in beach and nearshore morphology (or form and structure), caused by seasonal variations and storms.

Image: Coastal Surveys of Santa Cruz, California
October 19, 2014

Coastal Surveys of Santa Cruz, California

A USGS technician surveys the seafloor bathymetry using a personal watercraft outfitted with global positioning systems (GPS) and echo sounders.

Location: Santa Cruz, California (near Wharf).

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May 31, 2006

 

Two Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will join California´s Director of Conservation, State Geologist and USGS Western Region Director to kick off the Open House at the USGS Science Center at Menlo Park.

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May 26, 2006

Gold-Panning to Earthquake Simulations...Satellite Imagery to Tree Rings...Science for the whole Family

Entertainment and education-packed days await visitors of all ages at the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Open House at their Menlo Park Science Center on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. The Open House will be from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and admission is free.

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May 26, 2006

Entertainment and education-packed days await visitors of all ages at the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Open House at their Menlo Park Science Center on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. The Open House will be from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and admission is free of charge.

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May 24, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will celebrate a number of important partnerships during their Open House, to be held at their Menlo Park Science Center on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The USGS Menlo Park Science Center is located at 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park and admission is free of charge.

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May 24, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will celebrate a number of important partnerships during their Open House, to be held at their Menlo Park Science Center on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The USGS Menlo Park Science Center is located at 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park and admission is free of charge.

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May 8, 2006

The line between information technology and its science applications is becoming blurry. Opportunities such as Geoinformatics 2006 are key to linking the scientific community together to provide a common cyberinfrastructure for data management and accessibility for a broad spectrum of natural science data.

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May 4, 2006

Reston, VA – The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced today the re-establishment of the National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council (NEPEC) and the appointment of 12 scientists to the panel. The Council, which is conducting its initial meeting May 4-5 in Menlo Park, Calif., will advise the director of the USGS on earthquake prediction, forecasting and hazard assessment.

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May 4, 2006

One of every four fishes in streams of 12 western states is non-native, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published in November 2005 in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 

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May 4, 2006

One of every four fishes in streams of 12 western states is non-native, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published in November 2005 in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. And, researchers found, it´s not just that there are a lot of non-native fishes but they are also widespread...

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April 28, 2006

The 1906 Centennial Alliance and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will host "The Hayward Fault Exposed! — An Interpretive Viewing and Educational Exhibit" along the Hayward Fault from Saturday April 29 through June at Central Park in Fremont, Calif., near the intersection of Sailway Drive and Paseo Padre Parkway.

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April 28, 2006

 

The 1906 Centennial Alliance and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will host "The Hayward Fault Exposed! — An Interpretive Viewing and Educational Exhibit" along the Hayward Fault from Saturday April 29 through June at Central Park in Fremont, Calif., near the intersection of Sailway Drive and Paseo Padre Parkway.

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April 26, 2006

Media will be given the opportunity to get "up close and personal" with the Hayward Fault on Friday, April 28, climbing down with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists for a preview look at an excavation exposing the fault. The excavation is part of an interpretive exhibit in Fremont´s Central Park.