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Midwest farm landscape
Date Published: June 12, 2019
Status: Completed

Basin Characterization Model - Simulating Effects of Iowa Soil Management on Water Availability

As a result of climate change, heavy rainfall, as well as extended dry periods, are becoming more common in the Midwestern United States. These trends are only expected to continue. So, increasing the capacity of soil to store water has become more critical. Storing water increases availability in dry conditions. And the absorption of additional water in wet conditions reduces potential...

USGS scientist standing with a pole annotated with land-surface elevation marks at given years at bench mark H 1235 RESET.
Date Published: June 12, 2019
Status: Active

Land Subsidence in California

Extensive groundwater withdrawals from aquifer systems have caused land subsidence in many California basins. Land subsidence can cause infrastructure damage, not only to buildings and roads but also to water conveyence systems. Groundwater-level and land-subsidence monitoring provide the information needed to guide mitigation efforts and management of future effects.

Image: A Wall of Fire in Southern California
Date Published: June 11, 2019
Status: Completed

Characterizing the Influence of Fire on Hydrology in Southern California

The frequency of fire in southern California forests has steadily increased over time as a result of ignitions at the growing wildland-urban interface, as well as a result of warming due to climate change. Understanding the implications of increased wildfire on hydrologic conditions and water supply is particularly important given the increasing demands for water resources to satisfy growing...

Small silver metal boat with USGS lettering on the side, water is splashing up on the side and a small wake is formed.
Date Published: June 3, 2019
Status: Active

PCMSC Marine Facility (Marfac)

Marfac is the operational arm of the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. The Marine Facility staff provides mechanical and electronics expertise for field operations along the coast, in the nearshore environment, and in the deeper waters of the ocean.

Contacts: Timothy Elfers
cheatgrass
Date Published: May 23, 2019
Status: Active

Cheatgrass and Medusahead

Invasive annual grasses, such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae), are one of the most significant stressors to rangeland ecosystems in the western U.S. Their expansion and dominance across this area are the most damaging ecosystem agents on this iconic landscape.

map of San Diego county depicting the area studied by the San Diego Hydrogeology project
Date Published: May 16, 2019
Status: Active

San Diego Hydrogeology

This is the first comprehensive geologic and hydrologic study for the San Diego area. This study will provide the integrated hydrogeologic knowledge necessary in this important and highly visible area of the United States and will serve as a role model for similar coastal settings throughout the world that have modest rainfall and small aquifers. Locally, results will help...

Contacts: Wesley Danskin
The backs of two scientists wearing USGS vests and hard hats, looking out at a drone in the sky, standing in a field, with a bur
Date Published: May 6, 2019
Status: Active

Using Drone Imagery to Assess Impacts of the 2018 Carr Fire

USGS WERC’s Dr. Karen Thorne and her research team are 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 Recreation Area in northern California. The drone images will help the WERC researchers identify changes in topography, cultural sites, debris...

Contacts: Karen Thorne
Map of Hydrogeologic provinces of California and distribution of wells
Date Published: May 2, 2019
Status: Active

Groundwater Ambient Monitoring & Assessment (GAMA)

The Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program’s Priority Basin Project (GAMA-PBP) was established by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) in response to the Ground-Water Quality Monitoring Act of 2001 (Sections 10780-10782.3 of the California Water Code). The USGS is the technical lead for the GAMA-PBP and between 2004-2012 focused on characterizing the...

Contacts: Miranda Fram
USGS hydrologists collects a groundwater sample pumped through a hose into a bottle
Date Published: April 26, 2019
Status: Active

Occurrence of natural and anthropogenic hexavalent chromium (Cr VI) in groundwater near a mapped plume, Hinkley, CA

Between 1952 and 1964, cooling water was treated with a compound containing chromium to prevent corrosion within the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Hinkley Compressor Station. This water was discharged to unlined ponds, resulting in contamination of soil and groundwater within the underlying alluvial aquifer. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the occurrence of natural and...

Contacts: John Izbicki
Study Area Map
Date Published: April 26, 2019
Status: Active

Regional Groundwater Availability Study of the California Coastal Basins

This study seeks to quantify water availability in the California Coastal Basins (CCBs). The CCBs vary greatly in their geologic, hydrologic, and climatic conditions; predominant water uses (agricultural, urban, or environmental); and how water availability changes in response to natural and anthropogenic stresses. Considering the complex dynamics of the CCBs and the history of managing water...

Tree mortality during California’s extreme drought
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...

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Map of a coastline with an outline drawn around a portion of the coast land to show where the study area is.
January 1, 2019

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

USGS
January 1, 2019

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

USGS
January 1, 2019

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

USGS
January 1, 2019

Presented here is a point cloud produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from historical U.S. Air Force vertical aerial imagery, covering the area of the Mud Creek landslide on California State Route 1 (SR1), Mud Creek, Big Sur, California. The point cloud is referenced to previously published lidar data and contains RGB information as well as XYZ. Point cloud coordinates are

Map of a coastline with an outline drawn around a portion of the coast land to show where the study area is.
January 1, 2019

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

USGS
January 1, 2019

High concentrations of uranium were detected in samples from wells used for domestic drinking water supplies in the San Joaquin Valley. Of 163 domestic wells sampled by the California Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program Priority Basin Project (GAMA-PBP) and the National Water Quality Program (NWQP) in 2008-2015, 26 percent had uranium concentrations greater than the U.

USGS
January 1, 2019

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

USGS
January 1, 2019

This data contains maximum model-derived significant wave height (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) scenar

USGS
January 1, 2019

This dataset consists of 65 magnetotelluric (MT) stations collected in 2015 near Mountain Pass, California. The U.S. Geological Survey acquired these data to create a regional conductivity model near the Mountain Pass mine. This work is in support of characterizing mineral deposits.

USGS
January 1, 2019

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

Satellite view of a bay with islands, with markers plotted to show sample locations and instrument placement.
January 1, 2019

The U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center collected data to investigate sediment dynamics in the shallows of San Pablo Bay in two deployments: February to March 2011 (ITX11) and May to June 2012 (ITX12). This data release includes time-series data and grain-size distributions from sediment grabs collected during the deployments. During each deployment, time

Map of a coastline with an outline drawn around a portion of the coast land to show where the study area is.
January 1, 2019

This data contains maximum model-derived significant wave height (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) scenar

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Year Published: 2018

Seafloor fluid seeps on Kimki Ridge, offshore southern California: Links to active strike-slip faulting

The Kimki Ridge fluid seeps are located in western Catalina Basin about 60 km southwest of the southern California mainland and at a water depth of approximately 1100 m. Multichannel seismic reflection profiles collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 2014 show acoustic transparency within the Kimki...

Conrad, James E.; Prouty, Nancy G.; Walton, Maureen A. L.; Kluesner, Jared W.; Maier, Katherine L.; McGann, Mary; Brothers, Daniel; Roland, Emily C.; Dartnell, Peter

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Year Published: 2017

A prototype operational earthquake loss model for California based on UCERF3-ETAS – A first look at valuation

We present a prototype operational loss model based on UCERF3-ETAS, which is the third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast with an Epidemic Type Aftershock Sequence (ETAS) component. As such, UCERF3-ETAS represents the first earthquake forecast to relax fault segmentation assumptions and to include multi-fault ruptures, elastic-rebound...

Field, Edward H.; Porter, Keith; Milner, Kevn
Field, E. H., K. Porter, and K. Milner (2017). A Prototype Operational Earthquake Loss Model for California Based on UCERF3-ETAS – A First Look at Valuation, Earthquake Spectra, Volume 33, No. 4, pages 1–21, DOI: 10.1193/011817EQS017M

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Reconstructing the evolution of the submarine Monterey Canyon System from Os, Nd, and Pb isotopes in hydrogenetic Fe-Mn crusts

The sources of terrestrial material delivered to the California margin over the past 7 Myr were assessed using 187Os/188Os, Nd, and Pb isotopes in hydrogenetic ferromanganese crusts from three seamounts along the central and southern California margin. From 6.8 to 4.5 (± 0.5) Ma, all three isotope systems show more radiogenic values at...

Conrad, T.A.; Nielsen, S.G.; Peucker-Ehrenbrink, Bernhard; Blusztajn, J.; Winslow, D.; Hein, James R.; Paytan, A.
T.A. Conrad, S.G. Nielsen, B. Peucker-Ehrenbrink, J. Blusztajn, D. Winslow, J.R. Hein, A. Paytan, 2017, Reconstructing the evolution of the submarine Monterey Canyon System from Os, Nd, and Pb isotopes in hydrogenetic Fe-Mn crusts: Geochemstry, Geophysics, Geosystems, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GC007071.

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Seismic response of soft deposits due to landslide: The Mission Peak, California, landslide

The seismic response of active and intermittently active landslides is an important issue to resolve to determine if such landslides present an elevated hazard in future earthquakes. To study the response of landslide deposits, seismographs were placed on the Mission Peak landslide in the eastern San Francisco Bay region for a period of one year....

Hartzell, Stephen H.; Leeds, Alena L.; Jibson, Randall W.
Stephen Hartzell, Alena L. Leeds, Randall W. Jibson; Seismic Response of Soft Deposits due to Landslide: The Mission Peak, California, Landslide. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America ; 107 (5): 2008–2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.1785/0120170033

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Science advancements key to increasing management value of life stage monitoring networks for endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon in California

A robust monitoring network that provides quantitative information about the status of imperiled species at key life stages and geographic locations over time is fundamental for sustainable management of fisheries resources. For anadromous species, management actions in one geographic domain can substantially affect abundance of subsequent life...

Johnson, Rachel C.; Windell, Sean; Brandes, Patricia L.; Conrad, J. Louise; Ferguson, John; Goertler, Pascale A. L.; Harvey, Brett N.; Heublein, Joseph; Isreal, Joshua A.; Kratville, Daniel W.; Kirsch, Joseph E.; Perry, Russell W.; Pisciotto, Joseph; Poytress, William R.; Reece, Kevin; Swart, Brycen G.
Johnson, R.C., S. Windell, P.L. Brandes, J. L. Conrad, J. Ferguson, P.A.L. Goertler, B.N. Harvey, J. Houblein, J.A. Isreal, D.W. Kratville, J.E. Kirsch, R.W. Perry, J. Pisciotto, W.R. Poytress, K. Reece, and B.G. Swart. 2017. Science advancements key to increasing management value of life stage monitoring networks for endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon in California. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 15(3): Article 1, 41 p.

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Refining fault slip rates using multiple displaced terrace risers—An example from the Honey Lake fault, NE California, USA

Faulted terrace risers are semi-planar features commonly used to constrain Quaternary slip rates along strike-slip faults. These landforms are difficult to date directly and therefore their ages are commonly bracketed by age estimates of the adjacent upper and lower terrace surfaces. However, substantial differences in the ages of the upper and...

Gold, Ryan D.; Briggs, Richard W.; Crone, Anthony J.; Duross, Christopher
Gold, R.D., Briggs, R.W., Crone, A.J., DuRoss, C.B., 2017. Refining fault slip rates using multiple displaced terrace risers—An example from the Honey Lake fault, NE California, USA. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 477, 134-146.

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Refining fault slip rates using multiple displaced terrace risers—An example from the Honey Lake fault, NE California, USA

Faulted terrace risers are semi-planar features commonly used to constrain Quaternary slip rates along strike-slip faults. These landforms are difficult to date directly and therefore their ages are commonly bracketed by age estimates of the adjacent upper and lower terrace surfaces. However, substantial differences in the ages of the upper and...

Gold, Ryan D.; Briggs, Richard W.; Crone, Anthony J.; Duross, Christopher
Gold, R.D., Briggs, R.W., Crone, A.J., DuRoss, C.B., 2017. Refining fault slip rates using multiple displaced terrace risers—An example from the Honey Lake fault, NE California, USA. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 477, 134-146.

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A synoptic view of the Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF3)

Probabilistic forecasting of earthquake‐producing fault ruptures informs all major decisions aimed at reducing seismic risk and improving earthquake resilience. Earthquake forecasting models rely on two scales of hazard evolution: long‐term (decades to centuries) probabilities of fault rupture, constrained by stress renewal statistics, and short‐...

Field, Edward H.; Jordan, Thomas H.; Page, Morgan T.; Milner, Kevin R.; Shaw, Bruce E.; Dawson, Timothy E.; Biasi, Glenn; Parsons, Thomas E.; Hardebeck, Jeanne L.; Michael, Andrew J.; Weldon, Ray; Powers, Peter M.; Johnson, Kaj M.; Zeng, Yuehua; Bird, Peter; Felzer, Karen; van der Elst, Nicholas; Madden, Christopher; Arrowsmith, Ramon; Werner, Maximillan J.; Thatcher, Wayne R.

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The transtensional offshore portion of the northern San Andreas fault: Fault zone geometry, late Pleistocene to Holocene sediment deposition, shallow deformation patterns, and asymmetric basin growth

We mapped an ~120 km offshore portion of the northern San Andreas fault (SAF) between Point Arena and Point Delgada using closely spaced seismic reflection profiles (1605 km), high-resolution multibeam bathymetry (~1600 km2), and marine magnetic data. This new data set documents SAF location and continuity, associated tectonic...

Beeson, Jeffrey W.; Johnson, Samuel Y.; Goldfinger, Chris
Beeson, J.W., Johnson, S.Y., and Goldfinger, C., 2017, The transtensional offshore portion of the northern San Andreas fault: Fault zone geometry, late Pleistocene to Holocene sediment deposition, shallow deformation patterns, and asymmetric basin growth: Geosphere, v. 13, n. 4, 34 p.,

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Investigation of late Pleistocene and Holocene activity in the San Gregorio fault zone on the continental slope north of Monterey Canyon, offshore central California

We provide an extensive high‐resolution geophysical, sediment core, and radiocarbon dataset to address late Pleistocene and Holocene fault activity of the San Gregorio fault zone (SGFZ), offshore central California. The SGFZ occurs primarily offshore in the San Andreas fault system and has been accommodating dextral strike‐slip motion between the...

Maier, Katherine L.; Paull, Charles K.; Brothers, Daniel; Caress, David W.; McGann, Mary; Lundsten, Eve M.; Anderson, Krystle; Gwiazda, Roberto
Maier, K.L., Paull, C.K., Brothers, D.S., Caress, D.W., McGann, Mary, Lundsten, E.M., Anderson, Krystle, and Gwiazda, Roberto, 2017, Investigation of Late Pleistocene and Holocene Activity in the San Gregorio Fault Zone on the Continental Slope North of Monterey Canyon, Offshore Central California: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 107, p. 1094-1106, doi: 10.1785/0120160261.

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A spatiotemporal clustering model for the Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF3‐ETAS): Toward an operational earthquake forecast

We, the ongoing Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities, present a spatiotemporal clustering model for the Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF3), with the goal being to represent aftershocks, induced seismicity, and otherwise triggered events as a potential basis for operational earthquake forecasting (OEF)....

Field, Edward H.; Milner, Kevin R.; Hardebeck, Jeanne L.; Page, Morgan T.; van der Elst, Nicholas; Jordan, Thomas H.; Michael, Andrew J.; Shaw, Bruce E.; Werner, Maximillan J.
Field, E. H., K. R. Milner, J. L. Hardebeck, M. T. Page, N. van der Elst, T. H. Jordan, A. J. Michael, B. E. Shaw, and M. J. Werner (2017). A Spatiotemporal Clustering Model for the Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF3-ETAS): Toward an Operational Earthquake Forecast, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 107, 1049-1081, doi: 10.1785/0120160173.

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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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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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Woman looks through a spotting scope at the ocean
July 17, 2019

Conducting a high tide waterbird survey on San Fransisco Bay

San Francisco Bay and the surrounding wetlands and ponds provide important habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds. To aid land and resource managers in tracking wildlife responses to habitat restoration efforts, Biological Science Technician, Aliya, conducts a high tide waterbird survey of a restored salt pond in the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area at the northern edge of

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A woman wraps a tape measure around a tree in the forest
July 17, 2019

Measuring a red fir tree in the Sierra Nevada

This is Teodora Rautu. She is a Biological Science Technician on the field crew for USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project.  She is measuring the diameter of a red fir and trying to navigate the tape through the branches.  All of the trees in the Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics plots are measured every 5 years, not only for

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A woman wraps a measuring tape around a very large tree in the forest
July 17, 2019

Measuring a Giant sequoia in the Sierra Nevada

This is Teodora Rautu. She is a Biological Science Technician on the field crew for USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project.  She is measuring the diameter of a Giant Sequoia.  All of the trees in the Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics plots are measured every 5 years, not only for determining the size of the trees but also for tracking

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A woman prepares to cut into a dead tree with a hatchet
July 17, 2019

Beginning a 'tree autopsy' in the Sierra Nevada

This is Teodora Rautu. She is a Biological Science Technician on the field crew for USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project. The tree she is getting read to cut into has recently died. Teo is going to remove bark to look for signs of insects or pathogens than may have been involved in the tree's death--the first step in a 'tree

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Two women work together to measure the base of an enormous tree
July 17, 2019

It takes two to measure this Giant Sequoia

Teodora Rautu and Eva Lopez, Biological Science Technicians on the field crew for the USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project, work together to measure the diameter of a Giant Sequoia. Every tree in the project's long-term study plots are re-measured every 5 years, not only for determining the size of the trees but also for tracking

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July 17, 2019

ShakeAlert Sensor and Station

This is b-roll footage of a ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system seismic station. These seismic stations and sensors are deployed around California and are used to monitor earthquake activity.
 

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July 16, 2019

2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence: July 4, 2019–July 16, 2019

2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence 
July 4, 2019–July 16, 2019

3,557 earthquakes recorded since July 4, 2019 above Magnitude 2

M6.4 12km W of Searles Valley, CA
2019-07-04 17:33:49 (UTC)
51,000+ responses via Did You Feel It?

M7.1 18km W of Searles Valley, CA
2019-07-06 03:19:53

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July 12, 2019

Animation of Ridgecrest Foreshock Seq up to M7.1 (Prelim. Results)

This animation shows preliminary results from precise relocation of the Ridgecrest foreshock sequence, up to the the time of occurrence of the M 7.1 mainshock.  The animation begins in a map view and then transitions into a rotating vertical slice.  Earthquakes are colorcoded by time of occurrence, with early events in dark blue and later events (up to the M 7.1) in dark

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A man walks across low sand dunes wearing a backpack and carrying a hand-held computer, near water, smoke stacks in distance.
November 1, 2018

From October 9–15, USGS personnel surveyed beaches and the adjacent ocean floor along Monterey Bay’s northern coast.

People stand around a table with posters laid on top, listening thoughtfully to a man who is talking.
November 1, 2018

On October 17, 2018, 17 staff members from the City of Santa Cruz, California toured USGS facilities in the city.

city skyline at night with tall buildings and bridge in left foreground lit up
October 17, 2018

By Thomas M. Brocher, Jack Boatwright, James J. Lienkaemper, Carol S. Prentice, David P. Schwartz, and Howard Bundock

Drawn from: USGS Fact Sheet 2018-3052

Men stand on a boat wearing safety gear and they are recovering damaged instrumentation from the water using cables and ropes.
October 5, 2018

Large underwater experiment in California’s Monterey Canyon shows that “turbidity currents” are not just currents, but involve movement of the seafloor itself.

Three men stand together, man at left is pointing to a map and talking, man in middle looks on, man at right takes notes.
September 21, 2018

On September 18, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (20th district, California) and staffer Emmanuel Garcia visited the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz.

adult male harrier
September 13, 2018

Did you know that the USGS is studying raptors in California? Biologists with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center are hard at work in the field, learning more about the ecology of Northern Harriers and their interactions with migratory waterfowl of concern to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

View from the top deck of a ship on water, looking down on the bow with three people standing, with a bridge in the background.
September 7, 2018

From July 31 to August 23, a joint USGS-NOAA cruise mapped seafloor depths, texture, and gas seeps in the Cascadia subduction zone offshore of Washington, Oregon, and northern California.

Two women stand on a stage near a wall illuminated with the jet propulsion lab's banner, and at the far end are three flags.
September 7, 2018

USGS and NASA researchers met July 16 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to discuss Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery of the Southern California coast collected during higher-than-normal tides (“king tides”) in fall 2016.

View from a boat of a man snorkeling in a marshy waterway with thick vegetation along the edge of and in the water.
August 31, 2018

In recent years, invasive aquatic plants have increased exponentially in the shallow waters of California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, clogging about 17,400 acres (nearly 30 square miles) of the waterways. Among the plants’ many effects are changes in the way mud and sand move through the region.

toad on the road
August 28, 2018

Many amphibians are either too small or too slow to avoid an oncoming car. For some populations of the Federally threatened Yosemite toad (Anaxyrus canorus), this has meant increased mortality from vehicle strikes in addition to other threats from disease, drought, and habitat loss.

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.

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