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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: January 1, 2017

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Southern California v3.0 Phase 2 flood-hazard projections: 1-year storm in Los Angeles County

Projected Hazard: Geographic extent of projected coastal flooding, low-lying vulnerable areas, and maxium/minimum flood potential (flood uncertainty) associated with the sea-level rise and storm condition indicated.
Model Summary: The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of sto

Date published: January 1, 2017

Reprocessed boomer 3D seismic-reflection data of field activity P-04-11-CC in Estero Bay, offshore of Morro Bay, central California, 2012-08-12 to 2012-10-05

This dataset includes reprocessed boomer 3D seismic data collected by the Fugro Consultants Inc. in 2012, in Estero Bay, offshore of Morro Bay, central California.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Geology and geomorphology--Offshore of Point Conception Map Area, California

This part of DS 781 presents data for the geologic and geomorphic map of the Offshore of Point Conception map area, California. The vector data file is included in "Geology_OffshorePointConception.zip," which is accessible from https://doi.org/10.5066/F7QN64XQ. These data accompany the pamphlet and map sheets of Johnson, S.Y., Dartnell, P.,...

Date published: January 1, 2017

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Southern California v3.0 Phase 2 wave-hazard projections: 100-year storm in Ventura County

Model-derived significant wave height (in meters) for the given storm condition and sea-level rise (SLR) scenario.
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. CoSMoS v3.0 for So

Date published: January 1, 2017

Digital map of hydrothermal alteration type, key mineral groups, and green vegetation of the northwestern United States derived from automated analysis of ASTER satellite data

Mineral groups identified through automated analysis of remote sensing data acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) were used to generate a map showing the type and spatial distribution of hydrothermal alteration, other exposed mineral groups, and green vegetation across the northwestern conterminous United States. Boolean algebra was used to

Date published: January 1, 2017

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Southern California v3.0 Phase 2 wave-hazard projections: 20-year storm in Ventura County

Model-derived significant wave height (in meters) for the given storm condition and sea-level rise (SLR) scenario.
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. CoSMoS v3.0 for So

Date published: January 1, 2017

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Southern California v3.0 Phase 2 water-level projections: 100-year storm in Orange County

Model-derived total water levels (in meters) for the given storm condition and sea-level rise (SLR) scenario.
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. CoSMoS v3.0 for Souther

Date published: January 1, 2017

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Southern California v3.0 Phase 2 flood-hazard projections: 100-year storm in Ventura County

Geographic extent of projected coastal flooding, low-lying vulnerable areas, and maxium/minimum flood potential (flood uncertainty) associated with the sea-level rise 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 erosi

Date published: January 1, 2017

Water pressure/depth, velocity, and turbidity time-series data from SPB14 Bay shallows stations in San Pablo Bay and China Camp Marsh, California

Files contain hydrodynamic and sediment transport data for the location and deployment indicated. Time-series data of water depth, velocity, turbidity, and temperature were collected in San Pablo Bay and China Camp Marsh as part of the San Francisco Bay Marsh Sediment Experiments. Several instruments were deployed in tidal creek, marsh, mudflat, and Bay locations, gathering data on

Date published: January 1, 2017

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Southern California v3.0 Phase 2 water-level projections: 100-year storm in Ventura County

Model-derived total water levels (in meters) for the given storm condition and sea-level rise (SLR) scenario.
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. CoSMoS v3.0 for Souther

Date published: January 1, 2017

Water pressure/depth, velocity, and turbidity time-series data from SPD15 Bay shallows stations in San Pablo Bay and China Camp Marsh, California

Files contain hydrodynamic and sediment transport data for the location and deployment indicated. Time-series data of water depth, velocity, turbidity, and temperature were collected in San Pablo Bay and China Camp Marsh as part of the San Francisco Bay Marsh Sediment Experiments. Several instruments were deployed in tidal creek, marsh, mudflat, and Bay locations, gathering data on

Date published: January 1, 2017

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Southern California v3.0 Phase 2 flood-hazard depth and duration projections: 1-year storm in Ventura County

Maximum depth of flooding surface (in cm) in the region landward of the present day shoreline that is inundated for the storm condition and sea-level rise (SLR) scenario indicated. Note: Duration datasets may have occasional gaps in open-coast sections.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of k

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Year Published: 1991

The Loma Prieta earthquake, ground motion, and damage in Oakland, Treasure Island, and San Francisco

The basis of this study is the acceleration, velocity, and displacement wave-forms of the Loma Prieta earthquake (18 October 1989; M = 7.0) at two rock sites in San Francisco, a rock site on Yerba Buena Island, an artificial-fill site on Treasure Island, and three sites in Oakland underlain by thick sections of poorly consolidated Pleistocene...

Hanks, Thomas C.; Brady, A. Gerald

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Year Published: 1990

Ascension-Monterey Canyon system: history and development

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Greene, H. Gary; Hicks, Karen R.
Ascension-Monterey Canyon system: history and development; 1990; Book chapter; Book; Geology and tectonics of the central California coastal region; Greene, H. Gary; Hicks, Karen R.

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Year Published: 1990

National water summary 1987: Hydrologic events and water supply and use

Water use in the United States, as measured by freshwater withdrawals in 1985, averaged 338,000 Mgal/d (million gallons per day), which is enough water to cover the 48 conterminous States to a depth of about 2.4 inches. Only 92,300 Mgal/d, or 27.3 percent of the water withdrawn, was consumptive use and thus lost to immediate further use; the...

Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.
National water summary 1987: hydrologic events and water supply and use; 1990; WSP; 2350; Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.

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Year Published: 1990

A water-resources data-network evaluation for Monterey County, California; Phase 3, Northern Salinas River drainage basin

This report evaluates existing data collection networks and possible additional data collection to monitor quantity and quality of precipitation, surface water, and groundwater in the northern Salinas River drainage basin, California. Of the 34 precipitation stations identified, 20 were active and are concentrated in the northwestern part of the...

Templin, W.E.; Schluter, R.C.
Attribution: Water Resources
A water-resources data-network evaluation for Monterey County, California; Phase 3, Northern Salinas River drainage basin; 1990; WRI; 89-4123; Templin, W. E.; Schluter, R. C.

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Year Published: 1990

Estimates of consumptive use and ground-water return flow and the effect of rising and sustained high river stage on the method of estimation in Cibola Valley, Arizona and California, 1983 and 1984

In Cibola Valley, Arizona, water is pumped from the Colorado River to irrigate crops and to maintain wildlife habitat. Unused water percolates to the water table and, as groundwater, moves downgradient into areas of phreatophytes, into a drainage ditch, out of the flood plain, and back to the river. In 1983 and 1984, groundwater return flow was...

Owen-Joyce, Sandra J.
Estimates of consumptive use and ground-water return flow and the effect of rising and sustained high river stage on the method of estimation in Cibola Valley, Arizona and California, 1983 and 1984; 1990; WRI; 89-4194; Owen-Joyce, Sandra J.

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Year Published: 1990

The San Andreas Fault System, California

Maps of northern and southern California printed on flyleaf inside front cover and on adjacent pages show faults that have had displacement within the past 2 million years. Those that have had displacement within historical time are shown in red. Bands of red tint emphasize zones of historical displacement; bands of orange tint emphasize major...

Wallace, Robert E.
The San Andreas Fault System, California; 1990; PP; 1515; Edited by Wallace, Robert E.

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Year Published: 1989

Observations in Monterey Canyon and Fan Valley using the submersible Alvin and a photographic sled

Eittreim, Stephen L.; Embley, R.W.; Normark, W. R.; Greene, H. Gary; McHugh, C.M.; Ryan, W.B.
Observations in Monterey Canyon and Fan Valley using the submersible Alvin and a photographic sled; 1989; OFR; 89-291; Eittreim, Stephen L.; Embley, R. W.; Normark, W. R.; Greene, H. G.; McHugh, C. M.; Ryan, W. B.

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Year Published: 1988

Estimates of consumptive use and ground-water return flow using water budgets in Parker Valley, Arizona and California, 1981-84

Annual water budgets were used to estimate consumptive use by vegetation and groundwater return flow in Parker Valley, Arizona and California. Consumptive use by vegetation was estimated to be 482,800 acre-ft in 1981, 432,000 acre-ft in 1982, 413,500 acre-ft in 1983, and 420,900 acre-ft in 1984 on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, and 45,400...

Owen-Joyce, Sandra J.
Estimates of consumptive use and ground-water return flow using water budgets in Parker Valley, Arizona and California, 1981-84; 1988; WRI; 88-4063; Owen-Joyce, Sandra J.

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Year Published: 1988

Landslides, Floods, and Marine Effects of the Storm of January 3-5, 1982, in the San Francisco Bay Region, California

A catastrophic rainstorm in central California on January 3-5,1982, dropped as much as half the mean annual precipitation within a period of about 32 hours, triggering landslides and floods throughout 10 counties in the vicinity of the San Francisco Bay. More than 18,000 of the slides induced by the storm transformed into debris flows that swept...

Ellen, Stephen D.; Wieczorek, Gerald F.
Landslides, Floods, and Marine Effects of the Storm of January 3-5, 1982, in the San Francisco Bay Region, California; 1988; PP; 1434; Edited by Ellen, Stephen D.; Wieczorek, Gerald F.

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Year Published: 1988

Multichannel seismic-reflection profiles collected in 1979, between latitudes 34 degrees 15' and 36 degrees 30' north, off the California coast from Pt. Conception to Point Sur

McCulloch, D. S.; Mann, D. M.; Sliter, R.; McClellan, P.H.
Multichannel seismic-reflection profiles collected in 1979, between latitudes 34 degrees 15' and 36 degrees 30' north, off the California coast from Pt. Conception to Point Sur; 1988; OFR; 88-224; McCulloch, D. S.; Mann, D. M.; Sliter, R.; McClellan, P. H.

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Year Published: 1988

Preliminary paleolimnologic data for the Walker Lake subbasin, California and Nevada

Benson, Larry V.
Preliminary paleolimnologic data for the Walker Lake subbasin, California and Nevada; 1988; WRI; 87-4258; Benson, Larry V.

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Year Published: 1987

Comparison of estimates of evapotranspiration and consumptive use in Palo Verde Valley, California

Estimates of evapotranspiration and consumptive use by vegetation in Palo Verde Valley, California, were compared for calendar years 1981 to 1984. Vegetation types were classified, and the areas covered by each type were computed from Landsat satellite digital-image analysis. Evapotranspiration was calculated by multiplying the area of each...

Raymond, Lee H.; Owen-Joyce, Sandra J.
Comparison of estimates of evapotranspiration and consumptive use in Palo Verde Valley, California; 1987; WRI; 87-4071; Raymond, Lee H.; Owen-Joyce, Sandra J.

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Hydrologic technician holds up tile colonized by biofilm
May 13, 2017

Biofilms colonize a deployed tile

Biofilms take up pesticides in streams. Here, a hydrologic technician hold ups an unglazed ceramic tile that has been colonized by biofilm over 60-90 days. Learn more about biofilms as integrative samplers of pesticides here.

Attribution: Water Resources
Urban creek with concrete banks
May 12, 2017

Concrete channelization of urban creek

Sausal Creek in central Oakland, California, is an urban creek that has been extensively modified for flood control. The USGS Regional Stream Quality Assessment assessed the water quality and ecological integrity of small streams like Sausal Creek in five major regions of the country. Learn more about flow modification of U.S

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Urban creek with concrete banks
May 12, 2017

Concrete channelization of urban creek

Sausal Creek in central Oakland, California, is an urban creek that has been extensively modified for flood control. The USGS Regional Stream Quality Assessment assessed the water quality and ecological integrity of small streams like Sausal Creek in five major regions of the country. Learn more about flow modification of U.S

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Two adjacent poles holding video cameras near top, one control box near bottom, one man holding small tool near control box.
May 12, 2017

Beach-monitoring video cameras atop hotel in Santa Cruz, California

USGS ocean engineer Gerry Hatcher (left) and USGS postdoctoral oceanographer Shawn Harrison make adjustments to a computer controlling two video cameras on the roof of the Dream Inn, a 10-story hotel overlooking Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz, California. One camera looks eastward over Santa Cruz Main Beach and boardwalk, and the other southward over Cowells Beach. Since May

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With gloved hands and tweezers, folding a water filter
May 12, 2017

A hydrologist carefully folds a filter used to collect an eDNA sample

As part of the Regional Stream Quality Assessments (RSQA), hydrologists, ecologists, and technicians did ecological surveys of aquatic biota and stream habitat.  Here, a hydrologist carefully folds a filter used to collect a sample for analysis of eDNA.

Nasturtiums hang down over a graffiti-decorated culvert conveying Sausal Creek
May 12, 2017

Urban creek graced by flowers and graffiti

Flowers and graffiti turn urban Sausal Creek into a bizarre wonderland. Water-quality and ecological surveys were done at the creek as part of the USGS Regional Stream Quality Assessment (RSQA) in the summer of 2016.

Man standing ankle-deep in creek takes notes
May 12, 2017

A hydrologic technician records stream habitat characteristics

As part of the Regional Stream Quality Assessments (RSQA), hydrologists, ecologists, and technicians did ecological surveys of aquatic biota and stream habitat.  Here, a hydrologic technician records characteristics of the habitat of a highly urbanized stream.

Hydro-tech in front of graffiti defacing a wall channelizing a stream
May 12, 2017

Graffiti at Sausal Creek

A hydrotech prepares to collect a water-quality sample at urban Sausal Creek, with its distinctive graffiti. Water-quality and ecological surveys were done at the creek as part of the USGS Regional Stream Quality Assessment (RSQA) in the summer of 2016.

A man walks knee-deep in stream next to outfall pipe
May 11, 2017

A geomorphologist walks a stream as part of an ecological survey

As part of the Regional Stream Quality Assessments (RSQA), hydrologists, ecologists, and technicians did ecological surveys of aquatic biota and stream habitat.  Here, a geolomorphologist assesses stream banks.

Distant view of the shore from a flat rooftop that is visible at bottom of image.
May 6, 2017

“Snapshot” or first frame of beach video, Santa Cruz, California

Snapshot, or first frame of from a 10-minute video taken May 6, 2017, in Santa Cruz, California. View is from atop a hotel looking down on Cowells Beach, a popular surf spot. Researchers at the USGS are using these and other video images to improve understanding and computer modeling of beach processes, especially those that change the coast. 

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Distant view of the shore from a flat rooftop that is visible at bottom of image.
May 6, 2017

Time-averaged image from video of beach in Santa Cruz, California

Time-averaged image, or “timex,” created by averaging the intensity of light recorded at each spot, or “pixel,” during a 10-minute video taken at Santa Cruz, California, on May 6, 2017. Blurred white zones show where waves are breaking. Line between wet and dry sand shows the maximum height on the beach reached by the waves (“runup”). Researchers at the USGS are using

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Image in mostly black and white tones, showing distant view of beach stretching from bottom left to upper right.
May 6, 2017

Variance image from video of beach in Santa Cruz, California

“Variance” image produced from video shot at Cowells Beach in Santa Cruz, California, on May 6, 2017. The more the light intensity changes at a given spot, or “pixel,” during the video, the brighter the value assigned to that pixel. Motion tends to produce changes in light intensity. Note bright areas along and beyond the shore where waves were breaking. Researchers are

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November 15, 2011

New insights from recent Glen Canyon Dam high-water flow experiments on the Colorado River will be shared by USGS scientists on Wednesday night. They will discuss the results from these high-water flows in Grand Canyon National Park and describe the challenge of adaptively managing a highly regulated river.

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November 7, 2011

Nearly 124,000 high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online. TheHistorical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

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November 2, 2011

USGS scientists and academic colleagues investigated how California's interconnected San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (the Bay-Delta system) is expected to change from 2010 to 2099 in response to both fast and moderate climate warming scenarios. 

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November 2, 2011

USGS scientists and academic colleagues investigated how California's interconnected San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (the Bay-Delta system) is expected to change from 2010 to 2099 in response to both fast and moderate climate warming scenarios. 

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November 1, 2011

An hour-and-a-half program on Thursday evening highlights four different U.S. Geological Survey research projects. Scientists will talk about their recent scientific discoveries in non-technical terms for the general public.

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October 28, 2011

It may seem like a barren, lifeless rock with only the haunting memories of the past, but a battle for survival continues each year on Alcatraz Island.

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October 25, 2011

A hike along the Hayward Fault, a Science Crawl through San Francisco’s Mission District pubs and cafes, and a workshop on the birds of Alcatraz with U.S. Geological Survey scientists are among the many ways USGS is participating in the upcoming Bay Area Science Festival.

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October 13, 2011

Dr. David Shelly, a research seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, was named one of President Obama's recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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October 4, 2011

Dr. Elizabeth Cochran, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, was named one of President Obama’s recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. 

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September 28, 2011

Groundwater pumping, which has been increasing since the 1940s, now accounts for about one third of the estimated annual flow from the aquifers of the eastern Great Basin. In parts of this region, groundwater pumping exceeds the rate of natural discharge, leading to land subsidence and declines in water levels and spring flow. 

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September 23, 2011

Scientists were unable to complete this year’s survey of the California sea otter (also known as the southern sea otter) population due to heavy fog, poor visibility, and strong winds throughout the spring and summer. 

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September 20, 2011

Groundwater is among United States' most important natural resources. This hidden resource provides half of our drinking water, enables sustained economic growth to agriculture other industries, and contributes to the health of ecosystems throughout the country.