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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: October 23, 2018
Status: Active

Extending PyLith to address your earthquake and volcanic deformation modeling needs- Brad Aagaard

Collaborate with developers of the state-of-the-art, open-source, community-code PyLith to add new features and use them to model complex earthquake or volcanic processes. This is your opportunity to expand your software development, numerical modeling, and geoscience skills while furthering your research and contributing to the broader community!

Date published: October 23, 2018
Status: Active

Simulation of Groundwater Flow and Land Subsidence in the Antelope Valley Groundwater Basin

Prior to 1972, groundwater provided more than 90 percent of the total water supply in Antelope Valley, California (~50 miles northeast of Los Angeles); since 1972, it has provided between 50 and 90 percent (the balance provided by imported surface water). Most groundwater pumping in the valley occurs in the Antelope Valley groundwater basin, which includes the rapidly growing cities of...

Contacts: Tracy Nishikawa
Date published: October 19, 2018
Status: Completed

Simulating Land Subsidence

The California Water Science Center has been involved in multiple studies simulating land subsidence associated with groundwater withdrawal. The simulations can be used to estimate the magnitude, location, and timing of subsidence. They can also be used to evaluate management strategies to mitigate adverse effects from subsidence while also optimizing water availability.

Contacts: Claudia C Faunt
Date published: October 19, 2018
Status: Completed

Using Numerical Models to Simulate Subsidence

The California Water Science Center has been involved in multiple studies simulating land subsidence associated with groundwater withdrawal. The simulations can be used to estimate the magnitude, location, and timing of subsidence. They can also be used to evaluate management strategies to mitigate adverse effects from subsidence while also optimizing water availability.

Contacts: Claudia C Faunt
Date published: October 18, 2018
Status: Active

Decomposition of Organic Soils in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta of California was once a great tidal freshwater marsh. It is blanketed by peat and peaty alluvium deposited where streams originating in the Sierra Nevada, Coast Ranges, and South Cascade Range enter San Francisco Bay. In the late 1800s, levees were built along the stream channels, and the land thus protected from flooding was drained, cleared, and planted ('...

Date published: October 18, 2018
Status: Active

Aquifer Compaction due to Groundwater Pumping

Although land subsidence caused by groundwater pumping has caused many negative effects on human civil works for centuries, especially in the highly developed urban or industrialized areas of Europe, the relation between subsidence and groundwater pumpage was not understood or recognized for a long time. Recognition began in 1928 when pioneer researcher O.E. Meinzer of the U.S. Geological...

Contacts: Michelle Sneed
Date published: October 18, 2018
Status: Active

Genomic Mechanisms that Underlie Lack of Recovery of Prince William Sound Herring Following the 1990s Collapse

In the decades following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS), it has become increasingly apparent that oil can be toxic at extremely low concentrations to developing fish embryos including herring, where some toxic phenotypes may be apparent during embryogenesis, but some are delayed until later in life. Therefore, acute and lingering oil may act as an insidious selective force within...

Contacts: Paul Hershberger, Ph.D., Jacob Gregg, Ashley MacKenzie, William Richards, Andrew Whitehead, John Incardona, Nat Scholtz
Date published: October 17, 2018
Status: Active

Land Subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the nation. Beginning around the 1920's, farmers relied upon groundwater for water supply. Over time, overpumping caused groundwater-level declines and associated aquifer-system compaction and land subsidence that resulted in permanent aquifer-system storage loss.

Contacts: Michelle Sneed
Date published: October 15, 2018
Status: Completed

Debris-Flow Forecasts Before Wildfires

Release Date: OCTOBER 15, 2018

USGS scientists have been pursuing a way to assess debris-flow hazards before a fire occurs.

Date published: October 3, 2018
Status: Active

Implementing New Acoustic Monitoring Techniques in the Trinity River

Accurate river-sediment data is fundamental to planning and managing river restoration efforts on the Trinity River, and throughout the world’s waterways. The USGS has developed a “hydrophone” that enables scientists to listen to sediment particles as they move along the riverbed in order to inexpensively and reliably record near-continuous sediment-bedload-transport data. For this study,...

Date published: August 30, 2018
Status: Active

Yucaipa Subbasin Integrated Hydrologic Model

The USGS is developing a hydrologic model of the Yucaipa Subbasin to aid in evaluating and managing the groundwater resources in the area. The study results will provide a greater understanding of the geohydrology of the subbasin, and aid in the development of a groundwater-monitoring plan, as well as in the evaluation of potential hydrologic effects of future groundwater development and...

Contacts: Geoff Cromwell
Date published: August 30, 2018
Status: Active

Microbial Biogeochemistry — Menlo Park, California

About the Research

The Environmental Health Program collaborates with microbiologists at the Microbial Biogeochemistry Laboratory to develop and apply innovative methods to measure key microbial processes. These methods are used to better understand how major biogeochemical cycles (carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and iron) interact with and control the speciation and fate of...

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Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 flood-hazard projections: 100-year storm in San Mateo County

This data contains geographic extents of projected coastal flooding, low-lying vulnerable areas, and maximum/minimum flood potential (flood uncertainty) associated with the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-ind

Date published: January 1, 2019

Annual streamflow, runoff and baseflow, estimated for the period of record using six hydrograph-separation methods, for 312 gaged basins in the Northwest Volcanic Aquifer Study Area, USA, 1904-2015.

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Availability and Use Study Program (WAUSP) (https://water.usgs.gov/ogw/gwrp/activities/regional.html) supports quantitative assessments of groundwater availability in areas of critical importance. As part of a WAUSP study in the arid to semi-arid Northwest Volcanic Aquifer Study Area (...

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 flood-hazard projections: 20-year storm in San Luis Obispo County

This data contains geographic extents of projected coastal flooding, low-lying vulnerable areas, and maximum/minimum flood potential (flood uncertainty) associated with the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-ind

Date published: January 1, 2019

Atmospheric-loading frequency response functions and groundwater-levels filtered for the effects of atmospheric loading and solid Earth tides for three monitoring wells near Mammoth Lakes, California, 2015 - 2017.

The data include atmospheric-loading frequency response functions (table 1) and filtered detrended and reconstructed (trends restored) groundwater-levels (tables 2 to 4) computed for selected, parsed time series for three USGS monitoring wells [28A-25-1 (373904118570701); 28A-25-2 (373904118570702); and 14A-25-1 (373927118571701)], and the associated hourly res

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 water-level projections: 20-year storm in San Francisco County

This data contains model-derived total water levels (in meters) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
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 sea-level rise (SLR) scenarios. Projecti

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 flood-hazard projections: 100-year storm in Santa Barbara County

This data contains geographic extents of projected coastal flooding, low-lying vulnerable areas, and maximum/minimum flood potential (flood uncertainty) associated with the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-ind

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 ocean-currents projections: 20-year storm in Santa Barbara County

This data contains maximum model-derived ocean currents (in meters per second) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
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 sea-level rise (SLR) scen

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 water-level projections: average conditions in San Luis Obispo County

This data contains model-derived total water levels (in meters) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
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 sea-level rise (SLR) scenarios. Projecti

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 flood depth and duration projections: average conditions in San Mateo County

This data contains maximum depth of flooding (cm) in the region landward of the present-day shoreline for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
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 sea-le

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 flood depth and duration projections: 1-year storm in San Francisco County

This data contains maximum depth of flooding (cm) in the region landward of the present-day shoreline for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
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 sea-le

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 flood-hazard projections: average conditions in Santa Barbara County

This data contains geographic extents of projected coastal flooding, low-lying vulnerable areas, and maximum/minimum flood potential (flood uncertainty) associated with the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-ind

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 flood-hazard projections: 20-year storm in San Mateo County

This data contains geographic extents of projected coastal flooding, low-lying vulnerable areas, and maximum/minimum flood potential (flood uncertainty) associated with the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-ind

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Survival and migration route probabilities of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta during the winter of 2009-10

Juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) emigrating from natal tributaries of the Sacramento River may use a number of migration routes to negotiate the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (hereafter, "the Delta"), each of which may influence their probability of surviving. We applied a mark-recapture model to data from acoustically...

Perry, Russell W.; Romine, Jason G.; Brewer, Scott J.; LaCivita, Peter E.; Brostoff, William N.; Chapman, Eric D.

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2011 Georgiana Slough non-physical barrier performance evaluation project report

The Sacramento River and its tributaries support populations of anadromous fish species including winter-run, spring-run, fall-run, and late fall–run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha); and steelhead (O. mykiss). Several of these species are listed as threatened or endangered under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), federal...

Reeves, Ryan R.; McQuirk, Jacob; Ameri, Khalid; Perry, Russell W.; Romine, Jason G.; Liedtke, Theresa L.; Burau, Jon R.; Blake, Aaron R.; Fitzer, Chris; Smith, Natalie; Pagliughi, Steve; Johnston, Sam; Kumagai, Kevin; Cash, Kenneth

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Preliminary juvenile Lost River and shortnose sucker investigations in Clear Lake, California--2011 pilot study summary

Poor recruitment appears to limit the recovery of Lost River and shortnose sucker populations in Clear Lake Reservoir, California, but the cause is unknown. Adult suckers migrate up Willow Creek and its tributaries to spawn in some years, but low flow in Willow Creek may inhibit spawning migrations in other years. It is unclear whether spawning is...

Burdick, Summer M.; Rasmussen, Josh
Preliminary juvenile Lost River and shortnose sucker investigations in Clear Lake, California--2011 pilot study summary; 2012; OFR; 2012-1180; Burdick, Summer M.; Rasmussen, Josh

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Objective definition of rainfall intensity-duration thresholds for the initiation of post-fire debris flows in southern California

Rainfall intensity–duration (ID) thresholds are commonly used to predict the temporal occurrence of debris flows and shallow landslides. Typically, thresholds are subjectively defined as the upper limit of peak rainstorm intensities that do not produce debris flows and landslides, or as the lower limit of peak rainstorm intensities that initiate...

Staley, Dennis; Kean, Jason W.; Cannon, Susan H.; Schmidt, Kevin; Laber, Jayme L.
Objective definition of rainfall intensity-duration thresholds for the initiation of post-fire debris flows in southern California; 2012; Article; Journal; Landslides; Dennis Staley; Jason W Kean; Susan H Cannon; Schmidt, Kevin M.; Laber, Jayme L.

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On the reported ionospheric precursor of the Hector Mine, California earthquake

Using Global Positioning System (GPS) data from sites near the 16 Oct. 1999 Hector Mine, California earthquake, Pulinets et al. (2007) identified anomalous changes in the ionospheric total electron content (TEC) starting one week prior to the earthquake. Pulinets (2007) suggested that precursory phenomena of this type could be useful for...

Thomas, J.N.; Love, J.J.; Komjathy, A.; Verkhoglyadova, O.P.; Butala, M.; Rivera, N.
On the reported ionospheric precursor of the Hector Mine, California earthquake; 2012; Article; Journal; Geophysical Research Letters; Thomas, J. N.; Love, J. J.; Komjathy, A. ; Verkhoglyadova, O. P.; Butala, M. ; Rivera, N.

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Effects of Iron Gate Dam discharge and other factors on the survival and migration of juvenile coho salmon in the lower Klamath River, northern California, 2006-09

Current management of the Klamath River includes prescribed minimum discharges intended partly to increase survival of juvenile coho salmon during their seaward migration in the spring. To determine if fish survival was related to river discharge, we estimated apparent survival and migration rates of yearling coho salmon in the Klamath River...

Beeman, John; Juhnke, Steven; Stutzer, Greg; Wright, Katrina
Effects of Iron Gate Dam discharge and other factors on the survival and migration of juvenile coho salmon in the lower Klamath River, northern California, 2006-09; 2012; OFR; 2012-1067; Beeman, John ; Juhnke, Steven ; Stutzer, Greg ; Wright, Katrina

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On the reported ionospheric precursor of the 1999 Hector Mine, California earthquake

Using Global Positioning System (GPS) data from sites near the 16 Oct. 1999 Hector Mine, California earthquake, Pulinets et al. (2007) identified anomalous changes in the ionospheric total electron content (TEC) starting one week prior to the earthquake. Pulinets (2007) suggested that precursory phenomena of this type could be useful for...

Thomas, Jeremy N.; Love, Jeffrey J.; Komjathy, Attila; Verkhoglyadova, Olga P.; Butala, Mark; Rivera, Nicholas

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Detection probability of an in-stream passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag detection system for juvenile salmonids in the Klamath River, northern California, 2011

A series of in-stream passive integrated transponder (PIT) detection antennas installed across the Klamath River in August 2010 were tested using tagged fish in the summer of 2011. Six pass-by antennas were constructed and anchored to the bottom of the Klamath River at a site between the Shasta and Scott Rivers. Two of the six antennas...

Beeman, John W.; Hayes, Brian; Wright, Katrina
Detection probability of an in-stream passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag detection system for juvenile salmonids in the Klamath River, northern California, 2011; 2012; OFR; 2012-1001; Beeman, John W.; Hayes, Brian ; Wright, Katrina

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Simulated effects of dam removal on water temperatures along the Klamath River, Oregon and California, using 2010 Biological Opinion flow requirements

Computer model simulations were run to determine the effects of dam removal on water temperatures along the Klamath River, located in south-central Oregon and northern California, using flow requirements defined in the 2010 Biological Opinion of the National Marine Fisheries Service. A one-dimensional, daily averaged water temperature model (River...

Risley, John C.; Brewer, Scott J.; Perry, Russell W.
Simulated effects of dam removal on water temperatures along the Klamath River, Oregon and California, using 2010 Biological Opinion flow requirements; 2012; OFR; 2011-1311; Risley, John C.; Brewer, Scott J.; Perry, Russell W.

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Design and quantification of an extreme winter storm scenario for emergency preparedness and planning exercises in California

The USGS Multihazards Project is working with numerous agencies to evaluate and plan for hazards and damages that could be caused by extreme winter storms impacting California. Atmospheric and hydrological aspects of a hypothetical storm scenario have been quantified as a basis for estimation of human, infrastructure, economic, and environmental...

Dettinger, M.D.; Martin, Ralph F.; Hughes, M.; Das, Tapash; Neiman, P.; Cox, Dale A.; Estes, G.; Reynolds, D.; Hartman, R.; Cayan, Daniel; Jones, L.

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FOP 2012 stop, Honey Lake fault, Doyle, CA

The Honey Lake fault system (HLFS) strikes north-northwestward across Long Valley near Doyle, CA and is part of a network of active, dextral strike-slip faults in the northern Walker Lane (Figure 1). Geologic investigations of a right-laterally offset terrace riser along the north bank of Long Valley Creek, which we refer to as site 1 (Figure 2),...

Seitz, Gordon G.; Gold, Ryan; Briggs, Richard W.; Crone, Anthony; Angster, Steve
FOP 2012 stop, Honey Lake fault, Doyle, CA; 2012; Article; Book; Guidebook: neotectonics of the Lake Tahoe and Carson and Sierra Valleys, F.O.P. 2012 - Sept. 13-16: friends of the Pleistocene Pacific cell meeting; Gold, Ryan; Briggs, Richard ; Crone, Anthony ; Angster, Steve

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Grizzly Valley fault system, Sierra Valley, CA

The Grizzly Valley fault system (GVFS) strikes northwestward across Sierra Valley, California and is part of a network of active, dextral strike-slip faults in the northern Walker Lane (Figure 1). To investigate Quaternary motion across the GVFS, we analyzed high-resolution (0.25 m) airborne LiDAR data (Figure 2) in combination with six, high-...

Gold, Ryan; Stephenson, William; Odum, Jack; Briggs, Rich; Crone, Anthony; Angster, Steve
FOP 2012 stop, Grizzly Valley fault system, Sierra Valley, CA; 2012; Article; Book; Guidebook: neotectonics of the Lake Tahoe and Carson and Sierra Valleys, F.O.P. 2012 - Sept. 13-16: friends of the Pleistocene Pacific cell meeting; Gold, Ryan; Stephenson, William ; Odum, Jack ; Briggs, Rich ; Crone, Anthony ; Angster, Steve

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October 31, 2018

Drone Footage of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area after Carr Fire

Drone footage of Whiskeytown National Recreation area in Northern California in October 2018, captured by drone pilot and USGS WERC ecologist Chase Freeman.

USGS WERC is using drone imagery to understand how the 2018 Carr Fire affected ecosystems and cultural resources. The study, a collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS), focuses on Whiskeytown National

October 25, 2018

PubTalk 10/2018 — Post-fire debris flow early warning

Title: Post-Fire Debris-Flow Early Warning: The case for forecast-based warning systems

  • Post-fire debris flows can initiate after only a few minutes of intense rain, and during the first storm following wildfire.
  • Early warning systems must provide sufficient time to make informed decisions and take reasonable preventative action.
  • If you're
Pacific fisher on a tree looking into a bait box
October 24, 2018

Pacific fisher trying to grab a chicken dinner from the bait box

USGS scientists are documenting the distribution of three mid-sized mammalian carnivores – or mesocarnivores –in the Klamath Network Parks using remote cameras and hair snares. Little is known about the status of Pacific fishers, Pacific martens, and Sierra Nevada red foxes living in the Klamath Network, which include Crater Lake National Park, Lassen Volcanic National

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October 23, 2018

Linking Remote Sensing & Waterfowl Behavior Data

The Central Valley of California is the predominant wintering area for waterfowl and shorebirds in the Pacific Flyway. Using remote sensing data, researchers and habitat managers can track and quantify the effects of drought on availability of wetlands and other flooded waterfowl habitats. Bird locations from GPS marked waterfowl may be used to evaluate performance of

A person crouches over the water handling scientific equipment at dusk with rocks in the background
October 12, 2018

Andrea "Andy" O'Neill in Monterey

“The ocean is the closest I can get to an unexplored world, without going into space... I mean, I feel a deep connection to the ocean and its constant rhythms, but when I visit, there's a new discovery or appreciation every time. People should care about the ocean for the same reason we care about the air we breathe and the water we drink - it is an essential part of Life

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Burned forest with a few small plants growing between burned trees.
October 11, 2018

Hillside at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 2 Months After Fire

A landscape at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 2 months after summer 2018's Carr Fire near Redding, California, where USGS WERC researchers are studying fire impacts, post-fire vegetation recovery, and post-fire erosion and debris flows.

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Burned hill after fire with dead and charred trees.
October 11, 2018

Hill at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 2 Months After Fire

A landscape at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 2 months after summer 2018's Carr Fire near Redding, California, where USGS WERC researchers are studying fire impacts, post-fire vegetation recovery, and post-fire erosion and debris flows.

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Clearing and road with burned hillside in the background.
October 11, 2018

Landscape at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 2 Months After Fire

A landscape at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 2 months after summer 2018's Carr Fire near Redding, California, where USGS WERC researchers are studying fire impacts, post-fire vegetation recovery, and post-fire erosion and debris flows.

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Roadside area with burned  clearing and trees.
October 11, 2018

Hillside at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 2 Months After Fire

A landscape at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 2 months after summer 2018's Carr Fire near Redding, California, where USGS WERC researchers are studying fire impacts, post-fire vegetation recovery, and post-fire erosion and debris flows.

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A man wearing safety gear steers a personal watercraft looking to the right, with a small ocean wave behind him.
October 11, 2018

Mapping nearshore depths along a beach

Cordell Johnson uses a personal watercraft (PWC) equipped with GPS and sonar to measure seafloor depths near the beach.

A man walks across low sand dunes wearing a backpack and carrying a hand-held computer, near water, smoke stacks in distance.
October 10, 2018

Measuring dune elevations

Dan Nowacki measures dune elevations near the mouth of the Pajaro River with a precision GPS unit carried in his backpack.

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Landsat image shows the marine stratus and stratocumulus cloud layer that moved into the San Francisco Bay-Delta
February 10, 2016

A new series of maps of fog and low clouds covering the northern and central California coasts reveals daytime and nighttime patterns with a level of detail never previously mapped. U.S. Geological Survey scientists used new analyses of satellite images to understand the dynamics of fog. 

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January 1, 2016

We are pleased to announce the Spanish translation of our recently published CalVO Fact Sheet The California Volcano Observatory – Monitoring the State's Restless Volcanoes.

Long Valley Caldera Range Front Fault Diagram...
December 22, 2015

The shaking hazard posed by earthquakes on range-front faults near the town of Mammoth Lakes, CA is lower than previously estimated.

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December 10, 2015

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Northern spotted owl populations are declining in all parts of their range in the Pacific Northwest, according to research published in The Condor. Based on data from 11 study areas across Washington, Oregon and northern California, a rangewide decline of nearly 4 percent per year was estimated from 1985 to 2013.

Image:  Big Sagebrush Re-establishing 15 Years Post-wildfire Along the Boise Front Mountains
December 7, 2015

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Ecosystem restoration is complex and requires an understanding of how the land, plants, and animals all interact with each other over large areas and over time. Today, the U.S. Geological Survey published part two of a three-part handbook addressing restoration of sagebrush ecosystems from the landscape to the site level.

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November 24, 2015

A new study completed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Borrego Water District, will help water planners in the Borrego Valley, California better understand and manage the groundwater resources that the area relies on for drinking water, agriculture and recreation.

Planned US Topo map production schedule for the next three- year revision cycle
November 19, 2015

With the release of new US Topo maps for Illinois and South Dakota, the USGS has completed the second, three-year cycle of revising and updating electronic US Topo quadrangles. This means that since late 2009, the USGS has published nearly every map in the conterminous U.S., twice.

Geologic field-trip guide to Lassen Volcanic National Park and vici...
November 16, 2015

USGS geologists Patrick Muffler and Michael Clynne published a new geologic field-trip guide for areas in and around Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California.

Conceptual geologic model of partially crystallized magma (C1, C3) ...
November 4, 2015

USGS CalVO scientists have developed a new 3D conceptual model of the magma system below Mono Lake and Mono Craters in eastern California to give scientists a more detailed understanding of volcanic processes at depth.

Image: Mono Lake and Mono Craters Landscape Overview
October 29, 2015

A new conceptual model of the magma system below Mono Lake and Mono Craters in eastern California gives scientists a more detailed understanding of volcanic processes at depth, and a better model for forecasting volcanic unrest.

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October 26, 2015

The rate of earthquakes has increased sharply since 2009 in the central and eastern United States, with growing evidence confirming that these earthquakes are primarily caused by human activity, namely the injection of wastewater in deep disposal wells.