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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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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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A view from atop a coastal bluff looking at a sandy beach, waves, and ocean, dark shows no movement and light shows movement.

Sunset Beach Camera 1 Variance

Video camera variance image at Sunset State Beach in Watsonville, California, looking northwest. Learn more about the cameras and their imagery, and how we're using them to study coastal change.

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Santa Cruz Main Beach, El Nino

Photographs are of the Santa Cruz Main Beach before and after the December 11, 2014, “Super Soaker” storm that brought 2.5 inches of rain in just a few hours to Santa Cruz and 9 inches to Boulder Creek, along with big waves and swell. While the human eye may notice changes to the beach, ground-based lidar can create surface maps of precise elevation changes over time.

Image of the front page of Sound Waves, June 2011
March 22, 2019

Sound Waves, June 2011

The stories in the June 2011 issue of Sound Waves:

https://archive.usgs.gov/archive/sites/soundwaves.usgs.gov/2011/06/

International Team Studies Tsunami Deposits in Japan to Improve Understanding and Mitigation of Tsunami Hazards 

USGS Scuba

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Santa Cruz Cowells Beach video camera bright image

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

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Mount Konocti, a 1,312 m (4,305 ft) mountain on the eastern shore o...

Mount Konocti, a 1,312 m (4,305 ft) mountain on the eastern shore o...

Mt. Konocti erupted during the most recent stage of volcanism (01. Ma to 10,000 years ago), and a future eruption from the same site would be devastating to the nearby inhabitants.

View of a bridge over a river

Eel River at Fernbridge, CA

This webcam is located at the USGS streamgaging station on Eel River at Fernbridge. This station provides continuous monitoring of river stage. The webcam provides valuable information to the National Weather Service, first-responders, and area residents to evaluate real-time conditions in the creek

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A view from atop a coastal bluff looking at a sandy beach, waves, and ocean, dark shows no movement and light shows movement.

Sunset Beach Camera 2 Variance

Video camera variance image at Sunset State Beach in Watsonville, California, looking north. Learn more about the cameras and their imagery, and how we're using them to study coastal change.

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