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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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Date published: April 13, 2019
Status: Active

Forest health and drought response

Forests provide society with economically important and often irreplaceable goods and services, such as wood products, carbon sequestration, clean water, biodiversity, and recreational opportunities.  Yet hotter droughts (droughts in which unusually high temperatures exacerbate the effects of low precipitation) are projected to increase in frequency and intensity in coming decades, potentially...

Date published: April 3, 2019
Status: Completed

San Francisco Bay Basic Tide Model

This web page provides files that may be used to run a basic depth-averaged (2DH) Deltares Delft3D version 4.00.01 astronomic tide model for San Francisco Bay. It was developed with the primary aim of assessing water level fluctuations and flow conditions in the vicinity of the Golden Gate (Elias and Hansen 2013).

Date published: March 8, 2019
Status: Completed

Soil Stratigraphy and Erosion Potential on the American and Sacramento Rivers

Much of the Sacramento region is protected from flooding by levees constructed on the American and Sacramento Rivers, which join near downtown Sacramento before flowing to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Date published: February 27, 2019
Status: Active

Salinas and Carmel River Basins Study

Together, the Salinas and Carmel river basins include some of the world’s most fertile agricultural lands and are internationally known for their natural beauty; ecological diversity; multi-national cultural history; and recreation opportunities such as fishing, auto racing, and golfing. The area is oftentimes referred to as the “Salad Bowl of the World” or “America’s Salad Bowl” because of...

Date published: February 27, 2019
Status: Active

Salinas and Carmel Rivers Basin Study: Paso Robles Model Update

The existing Paso Robles Basin Model (PRBM) needed to be updated and enhanced to achieve the timeline and objectives of the Salinas Carmel River Basin Study (SCRBS) for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and local partners.

Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Active

Pajaro Valley Hydrologic Model Update, Data Collection, and Analysis for Sustainability

The Pajaro Valley is home to a billion-dollar agricultural industry, providing food and food processing services for the nation. The water for these enterprises is supplied, in large part, by the groundwater resources (aquifers) in the area. The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PV Water) and the USGS have partnered to improve aquifer monitoring software, allowing better quantification...

Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

2017 Pacific Winter Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the 2017 Pacific Winter Floods caused by widespread rains across California and western Nevada.

Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

December 2014 Pacific Coast Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the December 2014 Pacific Coast floods, which included flash floods, heavy snows, high winds, and mudslides throughout Oregon, Washington, and California.

Date published: February 4, 2019
Status: Completed

Using the Basin Characterization Model (BCM) to Estimate Natural Recharge in Indian Wells Valley, California

Located in the northern Mojave Desert, the Indian Wells Valley has an arid environment, receiving only 4-6 inches of precipitation annually. Like most desert areas, Indian Wells Valley communities rely mostly on groundwater for their available groundwater supply. Increases in urban and agricultural development have resulted in increased groundwater pumpage for public and agricultural use,...

Contacts: Dina Saleh
Date published: January 31, 2019
Status: Completed

Climate and Natural Resources Analysis and Planning for California's Northern Coast

The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) is an innovative, stakeholder-driven collaboration among local government, Tribes, watershed groups, and interested partners in the North Coast region of California. The North Coast comprises seven counties, Tribal lands, major watersheds, and a planning area of 19,390 square miles representing 12% of California's landscape. The NCRP integrates long-...

Date published: January 30, 2019
Status: Completed

Climate Ready Vulnerability Assessment

To create a framework for adapting to climate change, decision makers need to understand specific threats to our water supply, land use suitability, hazard risks, ecosystems and quality of life. A vulnerability assessment that defines the projected degree to which an ecosystem, landscape, or watershed is vulnerable to change will help to create this framework. Presently those who are open to...

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Date published: February 27, 2020

Global Positioning System Survey data from 2015, Coachella Valley, Riverside County, California

Data collection: GPS measurements were taken at 24 geodetic monuments during September 27-October 2, 2015. The GPS surveys generally followed established guidelines (Zilkoski and others, 1997), except that the data were processed with single-baseline, rather than multi-baseline, software. GPS measurements were recorded at the monuments on at least 2 different days during 1-hour ob

Date published: February 27, 2020

Physical and Biological Drivers of Fish Populations in the Sacramento Deep Water Shipping Channel, California, 2016-2018

This dataset includes field and lab data for fish, vegetation, zooplankton, phytoplankton, fish diets, and stable isotopes collected during daylight hours in the Sacramento Deep Water Shipping Channel in the Northern Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California, USA. This data release includes all measured environmental parameters, animal taxa, and isotope values included in the ana

Date published: February 25, 2020

Archive of boomer subbottom data collected offshore Eureka, California during USGS field activity W-1-96-NC from 1996-06-29 to 1996-07-07

This data release contains boomer subbottom data collected in June and July of 1996 on the shelf and slope offshore Eureka, California. Subbottom acoustic penetration spans up to several tens of meters, and is variable by location. This data release contains digital SEG-Y data. The data were collected aboard the R/V Wecoma using a Huntec Hydrosonde Deep-Tow system.

Date published: February 25, 2020

Airborne electromagnetic and magnetic survey, southwestern San Joaquin Valley near Lost Hills, California, 2016

Airborne electromagnetic (AEM) and magnetic survey data were collected during October 2016 along 1,443 line kilometers in the southwestern San Joaquin Valley near Lost Hills, California. These data were collected in support of groundwater salinity mapping and hydrogeologic framework development as part of the U.S. Geological Survey California Oil, Gas, and Groundwater program and the

Date published: February 25, 2020

Supporting groundwater salinity data used for salinity mapping adjacent to the Lost Hills and Belridge oil fields, Kern County, California

This dataset contains summarized historical groundwater salinity observations from wells near the Lost Hills and Belridge oil fields in the southwestern San Joaquin Valley, Kern County, California. Total dissolved solids (TDS) concentration, electrical fluid conductivity (EC), and well construction information were aggregated from public data sources and local water management age

Date published: February 24, 2020

Bathymetry, topography, and acoustic backscatter data, and a digital elevation model (DEM) of the Cache Slough Complex and Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California

This data release presents bathymetric and topographic data from surveys performed between 2017 and 2018 in the Cache Slough Complex and the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel (DWSC), northern Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California. The shallow, highly vegetated aquatic habitats of this region necessitated a variety of survey platforms and techniques. In the deeper channels, swath...

Date published: February 24, 2020

Bathymetry, topography, and acoustic backscatter data, and a digital elevation model of the Cache Slough Complex and Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California

This data release presents bathymetric and topographic data from surveys performed between 2017 and 2018 in the Cache Slough Complex and the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel (DWSC), northern Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California. The shallow, highly vegetated aquatic habitats of this region necessitated a variety of survey platforms and techniques. In the deeper channels, swath...

Date published: February 24, 2020

Digital elevation model (DEM) of the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel (DWSC), Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California

This metadata describes a digital elevation model (DEM) created from bathymetric and topographic data collected between 2017 and 2019 in the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel (DWSC), northern Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California.
We merged the newly collected bathymetric and topographic data presented in this data release (DOI:10.5066/P9AQSRVH) with 2019 surveys b

Date published: February 24, 2020

Digital elevation model (DEM) of the Cache Slough Complex, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California

This metadata describes a digital elevation model (DEM) created from bathymetric and topographic data collected between 2004 and 2019 in the Cache Slough Complex (CSC), northern Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California.
We merged the newly collected bathymetric and topographic data presented in this data release (DOI:10.5066/P9AQSRVH) with 2019 surveys by the California Depa

Date published: February 24, 2020

Acoustic-backscatter data collected in the Cache Slough Complex and the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel, California, during field activity 2018-684-FA

Acoustic-backscatter data were collected during a 2018 swath survey in the Cache Slough Complex and the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel, California. Data were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) during USGS field activity 2018-684-FA, using interferometric bathymetric sidescan sonar systems mounded to the USGS R/V San Lorenzo and the R/V Kelpfly. The backscatter da

Date published: February 24, 2020

Swath bathymetry data collected in the Cache Slough Complex and the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel, California, during field activity 2018-684-FA

Bathymetry data were collected during a 2018 swath survey in the Cache Slough Complex and the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel, California. Data were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) during USGS field activity 2018-684-FA, using interferometric bathymetric sidescan sonar systems mounded to the USGS R/V San Lorenzo and the R/V Kelpfly. The bathymetry data and a sh

Date published: February 24, 2020

Single-beam bathymetry data collected in the Cache Slough Complex, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California, during USGS field activities 2017-649-FA and 2018-684-FA

This portion of the USGS data release presents single beam bathymetry data collected during surveys performed in the Cache Slough Complex, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California in 2017 and 2018 (USGS Field Activity Numbers 2017-649-FA and 2018-684-FA). Bathymetry data were collected using personal watercraft (PWCs) equipped with single-beam sonar systems and global navigation satel

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Trace element contamination in feather and tissue samples from Anna’s hummingbirds

Trace element contamination (17 elements; Be, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Mo, Cd, Ba, Hg, Tl, and Pb) of live (feather samples only) and deceased (feather and tissue samples) Anna's hummingbirds (Calypte anna) was evaluated. Samples were analyzed using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS; 17 elements) and atomic...

Mikoni, Nicole A.; Poppenga, Robert H.; Ackerman, Joshua T.; Foley, Janet E.; Hazlehurst, Jenny; Purdin, Güthrum; Aston, Linda; Hargrave, Sabine; Jelks, Karen; Tell, Lisa A.
Mikoni, NA, R Poppenga, JT Ackerman, J Foley, J Hazlehurst, G Purdin, L Aston, S Hargrave, K Jelks, LA Tell. 2017. Trace element contamination in feather and tissue samples from Anna’s hummingbirds. Ecological Indicators 80: 96-105. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.04.053

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A paleoseismic transect across the northwestern Basin and Range Province, northwestern Nevada and northeastern California, USA

We use new and existing data to compile a record of ∼18 latest Quaternary large-magnitude surface-rupturing earthquakes on 7 fault zones in the northwestern Basin and Range Province of northwestern Nevada and northeastern California. The most recent earthquake on all faults postdates the ca. 18–15 ka last glacial highstand of pluvial Lake Lahontan...

Personius, Stephen; Briggs, Richard W.; Maharrey, J. Zebulon; Angster, Stephen J.; Mahan, Shannon A.
Personius, Stephen F., Briggs, Richard W., Maharrey, J. Zebulon, Angster, Stephen J., and Mahan, Shannon A., 2017, A Paleoseismic transect across the northwestern Basin and Range Province, northwestern Nevada and northeastern California, USA: Geosphere, v. 13, no. 3, p. 782–810, doi:10.1130/GES01380.1.

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Effect of hydraulic hysteresis on the stability of infinite slopes under steady infiltration

Hydraulic hysteresis, including capillary soil water retention (SWR), air entrapment SWR, and hydraulic conductivity, is a common phenomenon in unsaturated soils. However, the influence of hydraulic hysteresis on suction stress, and subsequently slope stability, is generally ignored. This paper examines the influence of each of these three types...

Chen, Pan; Mirus, Benjamin B.; Lu, Ning; Godt, Jonathan W.
Chen, P, BB Mirus. N Lu, JW Godt, 2017. Effect of hydraulic hysteresis on the stability of infinite slopes under steady infiltration. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001724.

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The California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program – Providing science and geospatial data for California's State Waters

The California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program (CSCMP) is a collaborative effort to develop comprehensive bathymetric, geologic, and habitat maps and data for California's State Waters. CSCMP began in 2007 when the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) allocated funding for...

Johnson, Samuel Y.; Cochrane, Guy R.; Golden, Nadine; Dartnell, Peter; Hartwell, Stephen; Cochran, Susan A.; Watt, Janet
Johnson, S.Y., Cochrane, G.R., Golden, N.E., Dartnell, P., Hartwell, S.R., Cochran, S.A., and Watt, J.T., 2017, The California Seafloor Mapping Program - Providing science and geospatial data for California’s State Waters: Ocean and Coastal Management, v. 140, p. 88-104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.02.004.

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Accelerating slip rates on the puente hills blind thrust fault system beneath metropolitan Los Angeles, California, USA

Slip rates represent the average displacement across a fault over time and are essential to estimating earthquake recurrence for proba-bilistic seismic hazard assessments. We demonstrate that the slip rate on the western segment of the Puente Hills blind thrust fault system, which is beneath downtown Los Angeles, California (USA), has accel-erated...

Bergen, Kristian J.; Shaw, John H.; Leon, Lorraine A.; Dolan, James F.; Pratt, Thomas L.; Ponti, Daniel J.; Morrow, Eric; Barrera, Wendy; Rhodes, Edward J.; Murari, Madhav K.; Owen, Lewis A.
Bergen, K.J., Shaw, J.H., Leon, L.A., Dolan, J.F., Pratt, T.L., Ponti, D.J., Morrow, E., Barrera, W., Rhodes, E.J., Murari, M.K., and Owen, L.A., 2017, Accelerating slip rates on the Puente Hills blind thrust fault system beneath metropolitan Los Angeles, California, USA, Geology, G38520.1, 4 pp. doi:10.1130/G38520.1

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Adapting California’s ecosystems to a changing climate

Significant efforts are underway to translate improved understanding of how climate change is altering ecosystems into practical actions for sustaining ecosystem functions and benefits. We explore this transition in California, where adaptation and mitigation are advancing relatively rapidly, through four case studies that span large spatial...

Elizabeth Chornesky; David Ackerly; Paul Beier; Davis, Frank W.; Flint, Lorraine E.; Lawler, Joshua J.; Moyle, Peter B.; Moritz, Max A.; Scoonover, Mary ; Byrd, Kristin B.; Alvarez, Pelayo; Heller, Nicole E.; Micheli, Elisabeth; Weiss, Stuart
Chornesky, E.A., Ackerly, D.D., Beier, P., Davis, F.W., Flint, L.E., Lawler, J.J., Moyle, P.B., Moritz, M.A., Scoonover, M., Byrd, K., Alvarez, P., Heller, N.E., Micheli, E.R., and Weiss, S.B., 2015, Adapting California’s ecosystems to a changing climate: BioScience, v. 65, no. 3, p. 247-262. doi:10.1093/biosci/biu233 [First published 26 February 2015]

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CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Southern California v3.0 Phase 2 storm-hazard projections

The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion for both current and future SLR scenarios, as well as long-term shoreline change and cliff retreat.  Resulting projections for future climate scenarios (...

Barnard, Patrick; Erikson, Li; O'Neill, Andrea; Foxgrover, Amy; Herdman, Liv
Patrick Barnard, Li Erikson, Amy Foxgrover, Andrea O'Neill, and Liv Herdman, 2016, CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Southern California v3.0 Phase 2 storm-hazard projections: U.S. Geological Survey Data Release, doi:10.5066/F7T151Q4

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Ground motion in the presence of complex Topography II: Earthquake sources and 3D simulations

Eight seismic stations were placed in a linear array with a topographic relief of 222 m over Mission Peak in the east San Francisco Bay region for a period of one year to study topographic effects. Seventy‐two well‐recorded local earthquakes are used to calculate spectral amplitude ratios relative to a reference site. A well‐defined...

Hartzell, Stephen H.; Ramirez-Guzman, Leonardo; Meremonte, Mark; Leeds, Alena L.
Ground Motion in the Presence of Complex Topography II: Earthquake Sources and 3D Simulations Hartzell,Stephen, Ramírez-Guzmán L., Meremonte M., Leeds A. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America(2017),107(1):344

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Records of continental slope sediment flow morphodynamic responses to gradient and active faulting from integrated AUV and ROV data, offshore Palos Verdes, southern California Borderland

Variations in seabed gradient are widely acknowledged to influence deep-water deposition, but are often difficult to measure in sufficient detail from both modern and ancient examples. On the continental slope offshore Los Angeles, California, autonomous underwater vehicle, remotely operated vehicle, and shipboard methods were used to collect a...

Maier, Katherine L.; Brothers, Daniel; Paull, Charles K.; McGann, Mary; Caress, David W.; Conrad, James E.
Maier, K.L., Brother, D.S., Paull, C.K., McGann, Mary, Caress, D.W., Conrad, J.E., available online 2016, Records of continental slope sediment flow morphodynamic responses to gradient and active faulting from integrated AUV and ROV data, offshore Palos Verdes, southern California Borderland: Marine Geology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2016.10.001

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High-resolution seismic-reflection data from offshore northern California — Bolinas to Sea Ranch

The U.S. Geological Survey collected high-resolution seismic-reflection data in September 2009, on survey S-8-09-NC, offshore of northern California between Bolinas and Sea Ranch.The survey area spans about 125 km of California’s coast and extends around Point Reyes. Data were collected aboard the U.S. Geological Survey R/V Parke Snavely....

Sliter, Ray W.; Johnson, Samuel Y.; Chin, John L.; Allwardt, Parker; Beeson, Jeffrey; Triezenberg, Peter J.
Sliter, R.W., Johnson, S.Y., Chin, J.L., Allwardt, P., Beeson, J., and Triezenberg, P.J., 2016, High-resolution seismic-reflection data from offshore of northern California—Bolinas to Sea Ranch: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1058, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161058.

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Annualized earthquake loss estimates for California and their sensitivity to site amplification

Input datasets for annualized earthquake loss (AEL) estimation for California were updated recently by the scientific community, and include the National Seismic Hazard Model (NSHM), site‐response model, and estimates of shear‐wave velocity. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s loss estimation tool, Hazus, was updated to include...

Chen, Rui; Jaiswal, Kishor; Bausch, D; Seligson, H; Wills, C.J.

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Constraining the relative importance of raindrop- and flow-driven sediment transport mechanisms in postwildfire environments and implications for recovery time scales

Mountain watersheds recently burned by wildfire often experience greater amounts of runoff and increased rates of sediment transport relative to similar unburned areas. Given the sedimentation and debris flow threats caused by increases in erosion, more work is needed to better understand the physical mechanisms responsible for the observed...

McGuire, Luke; Kean, Jason W.; Staley, Dennis M.; Rengers, Francis K.; Wasklewicz, Thad A.
McGuire, L. A., J. W. Kean, D. M. Staley, F. K. Rengers, and T. A. Wasklewicz (2016), Constraining the relative importance of raindrop- and flow-driven sediment transport mechanisms in postwildfire environments and implications for recovery time scales, J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., 121, 2211–2237, doi:10.1002/2016JF003867.

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Fume Hood in Carbon Lab used for acid storage and acid cleaning of laboratory dishware
September 1, 2019

Fume Hood in Carbon Lab used for acid storage and acid cleaning of lab

Fume Hood in Carbon Lab used for acid storage and acid cleaning of laboratory dishware

Fume Hood in Carbon Lab
August 31, 2019

Fume Hood in Carbon Lab

Horiba Aqaulog - simultaneously measures absorbance spectra and fluorescence Excitation-Emission Matrices

August 29, 2019

PubTalk 08/2019 — Pliocene World

Title: Pliocene World: Earth's Climate 3 Million Years Ago and How it Relates to our Future
By Marci Robinson, USGS Research Geologist 

  • Three million years ago, during the late Pliocene, CO2 levels were similar to today, but global temperatures and sea level were much higher
  • Find out how we use microfossils to reconstruct
person on large metal tower
August 28, 2019

Scott Lydeen on Strawberry Peak Seismic Station Tower

USGS technicial Scott Lydeen climbing the tower at the Strawberry Peak seismic station tower, part of the Southern California Seismic Network.

August 23, 2019

Animation of a Scenario M6.9 Earthquake on the Rose Canyon Fault

This video presents an animation of computer-simulated ground motions that might occur for a magnitude 6.9 earthquake rupturing the Rose Canyon fault in southern California. The scenario earthquake ruptures a 65-km-long section of the Rose Canyon fault that lies just offshore of San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. In this scenario, the rupture starts near the

August 1, 2019

Image of the Week - A Tear in the Mojave

Satellite imagery shows the rupture and shifting of land near Ridgecrest, CA from the July 2019 earthquakes.
 

July 25, 2019

PubTalk 07/2019 — Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

Title: Taking the Pulse of our Planet: A 10-year status report from the USA National Phenology Network

  • Plants and animals in your backyard are sensitive indicators of climate variation and change
  • Understanding and predicting plant and animal seasonal activity, a science called phenology, helps humans adapt to a changing world
  • Learn about a
July 24, 2019

Navy Base Commander Commends USGS Work Following Earthquake Sequence

US Navy Captain Paul Dale discusses the collaborative efforts between the USGS and Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake after the Ridgecrest earthquake sequence. 
 

two women sit on a roof while installing a small solar panel
July 19, 2019

Streamgage Solar Panel Installation for Continuous Data Collection

Sierra Keller, Physical Science Technician, and Sharon Mulready, Student Trainee, both of the USGS California Water Science Center's Santa Cruz Field Office, install a solar panel on a rural streamgage station along the Arroyo Seco near Greenfield in Monterey County, California. Streamgaging stations require power to record and transmit data associated to flow conditions.

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USGS scientist laying a yellow cable in a desert landscape
July 18, 2019

Collecting Geophysical Data, Fort Irwin National Training Center

USGS Hydrologist, Krishangi Groover, lays wire in preparation for geophysical data collection at the U.S. Army's Fort Irwin National Training Center in California.  The metal bits on this wire connect to metal stakes (one can be seen in the foreground), which allows for the transmission of electricity into the ground to measure sediment properties.  This geophysical data

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California rangelands
August 27, 2018

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the release of new science and planning tools to support California’s continued leadership on actions to address climate change and safeguard the state’s people, economy and resources.

Long Valley Caldera and domes viewed from the top of Mammoth Mounta...
August 15, 2018

A new study by CalVO seismologists used a novel geophysical technique called "full waveform seismic tomography" to image the roots of Long Valley Caldera in eastern California.

Map highlighting sampling locations of 339 Northern Spotted Owls used in Miller, et al, 2018
August 2, 2018

Federal researchers used landscape genetics to evaluate the role that forest connectivity plays in determining genetic connectivity for the federally-threatened northern spotted owl.

Three men stand together in front of the United States flag smiling for the camera.
July 31, 2018

Patrick Barnard and Li Erikson of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California are recognized for their leadership in developing the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS).

Aquatic ecologist holding Tule Perch
July 25, 2018

With the development of the Central Valley (CVP) and State Water (SWP) projects, the natural flow of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been reengineered to provide water for California’s growing population and agricultural needs. These changes have drastically reduced natural wetlands, affecting the habitat of native fish species, including the threatened Delta Smelt. To address the situation, joint operations of the CVP and SWP must balance human water demands on the Delta with protection of its fragile ecosystem and species of concern, especially those listed as threatened or endangered under state and federal laws.

Animation is looking at an angle at a coastal cliff region with a newly cut road running across it, showing how it has changed.
July 18, 2018

USGS scientists produced an animated GIF in coordination with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) re-opening of State Highway 1 through Big Sur on July 18, 2018.

Ducks and geese float on the water at the Cosumnes River Preserve
July 13, 2018

The Cosumnes River watershed has seasonal, non-point source hotspots for total mercury and methylmercury production, which discharge to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in north-central California. To reduce mercury loads to the Delta, researchers created open-water deep cells at the downstream end of wetlands.

House perched above the ocean on a cliff.
July 9, 2018

Coastal cliffs from Santa Barbara to San Diego might crumble at more than twice the historical rate by the year 2100 as sea levels rise.

An animated GIF of an owl on a tree with a bobbing head going around in a circle.
July 9, 2018

In a study led by the USGS, researchers developed a framework to infer inbreeding rates of Northern Spotted Owls when incomplete parentage information exists.

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