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The Pacific Region has nine USGS Science Centers in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. 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: July 13, 2017
Status: Active

Shorebird Research

With its vast size and geographic position at the northern end of several migration pathways, Alaska is a critically important site for the world’s shorebirds. Thirty-seven shorebird species regularly breed in Alaska. Most of these species conduct epically long migrations to take advantage of Alaska’s abundant food resources and breeding habitat, making Alaska a global resource for shorebirds...

Date published: June 27, 2017

Hawai‘i Carbon Storage and Greenhouse Gas Flux Assessment

In recent years, the U.S. Geological Survey has been conducting a national biologic carbon sequestration assessment in the conterminous U.S.  The assessment is designed to meet the requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which calls for coverage of all 50 states and all ecosystems (including forests, grasslands, wetlands, agricultural lands, and rivers, lakes, and...

Date published: June 22, 2017
Status: Active

Ecology of Hawaiian Waterbirds

Loss of wetlands, invasive plants, and non-native predators pushed Hawaii’s waterbirds to the brink of extinction by the early 1900s, although population numbers have improved somewhat in recent decades with conservation efforts. Nonetheless, all Hawaiian waterbirds have global population sizes estimated around or below below 2,000 individuals, making them still highly vulnerable to extinction...

Date published: June 14, 2017
Status: Active

Monitoring and Researching Bat Activity at Wind Turbines with Videography

The rapid expansion of wind energy nationwide is an important step toward reducing dependence on non-renewable sources of power.  However, the magnitude of the wildlife impacts at wind energy facilities is a newly recognized threat, and the cumulative long-term impacts to various bat species are of increasing concern.  It is estimated that more than 450,000 bat fatalities now occur each year...

Date published: May 10, 2017
Status: Active

Disease Ecology In the Pacific Basin: Wildlife and Public Health Concerns

Both wildlife and human health in Hawai‘i and other island ecosystems in the Pacific Basin face continued threats from introductions of diseases and vectors. Accidental introduction of mosquito-borne avian malaria and pox virus to Hawai‘i is an outstanding example of how biological invasions can have a profound effect on endemic wildlife. The geographic distribution, density, and community...

Date published: March 16, 2017

Population Genetics and Emergency Management of Two Kauai Island Endangered Species

The Challenge: The Akeke’e (Loxops caeruleirostris) and the Akikiki (Oreomystis bairdi), two species of Hawaiian honeycreeper, are critically endangered bird species endemic to high elevation ohia forests on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.  Both species have suffered severe population declines and range contractions in recent decades.  Akeke’e are currently thought to number ca. 950 wild...

Date published: December 4, 2016
Status: Active

Biology, Impacts and Control of Invasive Reptiles

Invasive species are considered to be second only to habitat degradation in terms of negative impacts on the Earth’s ecosystems, and our scientists make up a significant proportion of the global expertise in the rapidly-growing problem of invasive reptiles.

Date published: December 1, 2016
Status: Active

USGS Brown Treesnake Laboratory and Rapid Response Facility - Guam

USGS scientists and staff associated with the Brown Treesnake Project are co-located at the Guam National Wildlife Refuge at the northern end of Guam in the western Pacific Ocean. Project staff work on developing and testing control tools for invasive brown treesnakes, as well as understanding their impacts on Guam's ecosystems. Project staff also lead the multi-agency Brown Treesnake Rapid...

Date published: October 19, 2016
Status: Active

Survival and Reintroduction of the Laysan Teal

The Challenge: The Laysan Teal is an endangered, endemic, Hawaiian dabbling duck that has been pushed to the brink of extinction numerous times. The previous range includes the Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and its current range is less than 10 sq. km within the National Wildlife Refuges of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This non-migratory waterfowl was eliminated from...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

Date published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. Without this information, NAWMP population, habitat, and people objectives may not reflect stakeholder and societal values; and management...

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Date published: June 18, 2018

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: Impacts to Avifauna from the Tohoku Tsunami 2011

This collection of nine datasets covers Midway Atoll and Laysan Island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and was created to help estimate the impacts of the March 11, 2011 tsunami event on avifauna in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. 

Date published: June 18, 2018

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Sea-level Rise Scenarios and Models 2010-2015

This data release consists of two ESRI geodatabases that store inundation areas for various future scenarios of sea-level rise, groundwater rise, and storm waves for Laysan Island and Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Date published: March 23, 2018

HAVO Montane Ohia Diameter and Cavity Data 2017

We quantified the availability of breeding habitat of the endangered Hawaiian Akepa (Loxops coccineus). The species is thought to nest excusively in natural cavities within mature ohia (Metrosideros polymorpha) trees but birds commonly occur in short stature trees that presumably do not have any natural cavities because of their polyploidal (many-branched) structure.

Date published: October 24, 2017

Hawaii Land Cover and Habitat Status

These two raster data layers depict the land cover and degree of human disturbance to plant communities on the seven main Hawaiian Islands, and were developed as part of a comprehensive USGS assessment of carbon sequestration potential by natural ecosystems in the State of Hawaii.

Date published: October 24, 2017

Kanakaleonui Bird Corridor Montane Plants 2016

The datasets used in the the research project entitled, "Facilitating Adaptation in Montane Plants to Changing Precipitation along an Elevation Gradient," are presented. Report available.

Date published: October 24, 2017

Hawaiian Islands Coastal Vegetation Survey 2013-2015

 

This dataset provides information on the current status and various other habitat and descriptive attributes of the native coastal vegetation for seven of the main Hawaiian Islands (i.e., does not include Ni`ihau). Report available.

Date published: October 1, 2017

Oahu Tsunami Evacuation Dashboard

Tsunami waves created by earthquakes far from Hawai’i arrive hours later along Hawaiian shorelines but can be difficult to escape if everyone uses their cars to evacuate. Working with the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency, researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) used computer modeling to identify areas where people should be able to evacuate on foot in less than 15 minutes. 

Date published: September 1, 2017

National Water Information System web interface (NWISweb)

The National Water Information System (NWIS) web application provides access to real-time and historical surface-water, groundwater, water-quality, and water-use data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites across all 50 states.

Date published: April 25, 2017

Coral growth parameters and seawater chemistry from Kahekili, west Maui, Hawaii

This data release contains time-series of seawater carbonate chemistry variables, including salinity, dissolved inorganic nutrients, pH, total alkalinity, and dissolved inorganic carbon from sites along Kahekili Beach Park, west Maui, Hawai‘i. It also containsdata from coral cores collected from the shallow reef at Kahekili in July 2013 and analyzed for coral growth parameters and geochemical...

Date published: January 1, 2017

Seawater carbonate chemistry, Kahekili, west Maui

Time-series of seawater carbonate chemistry variables, including salinity, dissolved inorganic nutrients, pH, total alkalinity, and dissolved inorganic carbon from sites along Kahekili Beach Park, west Maui near submarine groundwater seeps and living coral reefs. Samples for seawater were collected by pumping bottom water from the seafloor using a peristaltic pump and collecting discr

Date published: December 21, 2016

Digital image mosaics of the nearshore coastal waters of selected areas on the Hawaiian Islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and O‘ahu generated using aerial photographs and SHOALS airborne lidar bathymetry data

USGS has the capability to compile digital image mosaics that are useful for creating detailed map products. Image maps covering the shallow near-shore coastal waters have been produced for several of the main Hawaiian Islands, including Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and O‘ahu and are presented in JPEG2000 (.jp2) format.

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Thermal map of fissure system and lava flows
July 14, 2018

This thermal map shows the Fissure 8 flow as of 6 am on Saturday, July 14

Thermal map of fissure system and lava flows
July 12, 2018

This thermal map shows the fissure system and lava flows as of 6 am on Thursday, July 12

Map of Kīlauea East Rift Zone lava flows and fissures
July 12, 2018

Map as of 3:00 p.m. HST, July 12, 2018

Map of Kīlauea East Rift Zone lava flows and fissures
July 11, 2018

Map as of 1:00 p.m. HST, July 11, 2018

Thermal map of fissure system and lava flows
July 10, 2018

This thermal map shows the fissure system and lava flows as of 6 am on Tuesday, July 10.

Map of Kīlauea East Rift Zone lava flows and fissures
July 10, 2018

Map as of 12:00 p.m. HST, July 10, 2018

Thermal map of fissure system and lava flows
July 9, 2018

This thermal map shows the fissure system and lava flows as of 2 pm on Monday, July 9

Map of Kīlauea East Rift Zone lava flows and fissures
July 9, 2018

Map as of 2:00 p.m. HST, July 9, 2018

Thermal map of fissure system and lava flows
July 8, 2018

This thermal map shows the fissure system and lava flows as of 6 am on Sunday, July 8.

Thermal map of fissure system and lava flows
July 6, 2018

This thermal map shows the fissure system and lava flows as of 6 am on Friday, July 6.

Map showing lower East Rift Zone lava flows and fissures
July 6, 2018

Map as of 12:00 p.m. HST, July 6, 2018

Map showing lower East Rift Zone lava flows and fissures
July 2, 2018

Map as of 12:00 p.m. HST, July 2, 2018

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Last 24 Hours - Live Panorama of The Upper Part of Mauna Loa [M3cam]
September 9, 2020

Last 24 Hours - Live Panorama of The Upper Part of Mauna Loa [M3cam]

Last 24 Hours - Live Panorama of The Upper Part of Mauna Loa's Southwest Rift Zone from [M3cam]

This image is from a research camera positioned on a cone in Mauna Loa's Southwest Rift Zone in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The camera looks northeast (upslope), focusing on the upper part of the Southwest Rift Zone. The upper flank of Mauna Loa forms the skyline.

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Last 24 Hours - Live wide angle of Halemaʻumaʻu [KW2cam]
September 9, 2020

Last 24 Hours - Live wide angle of Halemaʻumaʻu [KW2cam]

Last 24 Hours - Live wide angle of Halemaʻumaʻu from HVO Observation Tower [KW2cam].

Disclaimer: The webcams are operational 24/7 and faithfully record the dark of night if there are no sources of incandescence or other lights. Thermal webcams record heat rather than light and get better views through volcanic gas. At times, clouds and rain obscure

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Last 24 Hours - Live Panorama of Kīlauea Caldera - [KEcam]
September 9, 2020

Last 24 Hours - Live Panorama of Kīlauea Caldera - [KEcam]

Last 24 Hours - Live Panorama of Kīlauea Caldera - East Wide Angle from HVO Observation Tower [KEcam].

Disclaimer: The webcams are operational 24/7 and faithfully record the dark of night if there are no sources of incandescence or other lights. Thermal webcams record heat rather than light and get better views through volcanic gas. At times, clouds and rain obscure

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August 25, 2020

Timelapse: 45 minutes of activity at Kīlauea's summit water lake

This timelapse video shows approximately 45 minutes of activity in the water lake at the summit of Kīlauea volcano. The video shows that the color zones are highly dynamic, shifting from minute to minute. This behavior has been common in the lake during much of the past year. Note that the camera exposure changes several times, shifting the color slightly at times. USGS

Color photograph of volcanic crater lake
August 25, 2020

The colorful caldera lake at Kīlauea summit

The colorful caldera lake at Kīlauea summit. The view is from the western rim of Halema‘uma‘u crater, 1900 ft (580 m) above the water surface, in a restricted area of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. USGS photo by M. Patrick 08/25/2020.

July 31, 2020

Timelapse showing typical activity at Kīlauea's summit water lake

This timelapse video at Kīlauea's summit covers approximately 30 minutes and shows the dynamic nature of the water lake in Halema‘uma‘u crater. Steam from the hot water surface is constantly shifting in the winds, while the migrating color boundaries on the water surface appear to show circulation in the lake. USGS video by M. Patrick.

June 23, 2020

Thermal video of Kīlauea's summit water lake on June 23, 2020

This thermal video shows typical activity at Kīlauea's summit water lake. Steam carried across the water surface often masks thermal features on the underlying water surface. USGS video by M. Patrick.

June 19, 2020

Use of UASs (“Drones”) in 2018 at Kīlauea and Beyond

This video describes USGS use of Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) or "drones" for use in 2018 at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii. The speaker, Angie Diefenbach, is a leading expert in use of UAS for volcano surveillance and research. The presentation was given in June 2020 to colleagues in Ecuador who are interested in applications of UAS at their volcanoes. Angie is a member

June 1, 2020

Virtual flyover of Kīlauea summit

A helicopter overflight provided aerial photographs of Kīlauea caldera on May 29, and these photos were used to construct a 3D model. The water lake is visible as the tan area in the deepest portion of Halema‘uma‘u crater. For scale, the water lake is 270 m (885 ft) long and approximately 600 m (1970 ft) below the western caldera rim. USGS photos by K. Mulliken.

June 1, 2020

Video of Kīlauea summit from May 29 overflight

This wide-angle video was captured during a helicopter overflight on May 29, and skirts the southern border of Halema‘uma‘u crater. The water lake, filling the bottom of the crater, was tan and brown today, and showed no significant changes. USGS video by M. Patrick.

Maps showing caldera before and after collapse
May 20, 2020

Comparing Kīlauea's summit before and after the 2018 collapse

This series of maps compares aerial imagery collected prior to Kīlauea's 2018 summit collapse and the "Geologic Map of the Summit Region of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii" (Dutton and others, 2007; Neal and others, 2003)—created before Kīlauea's 2018 summit collapse—with aerial imagery collected after the 2018 summit collapse and a preliminary update to Kīlauea's summit geologic

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May 11, 2020

Halema‘uma‘u rockslide on May 11, 2020

A small rockslide occurred today on the south wall of Halema‘uma‘u, sending boulders into the water at the bottom of the crater. USGS video by M. Patrick.

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March 26, 2020

Timelapse of water rising in Halema‘uma‘u

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March 25, 2020

HVO scientists conduct field checks of LiDAR survey

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March 2, 2020

Water pond in Halema‘uma‘u continues to grow

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January 31, 2020

Halema‘uma‘u crater lake on January 31

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January 21, 2020

Routine overflight of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone

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January 17, 2020

Continued slow rise of water at bottom of Halema‘uma‘u

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January 13, 2020

HVO collaborates in conducting fieldwork on Kīlauea

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December 18, 2019

Overflight of Kīlauea summit on December 18

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December 13, 2019

HVO monitoring equipment on the north rim of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

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December 12, 2019

Kīlauea summit lake observation and Keller Well measurements, December 2019

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November 29, 2019

Halema‘uma‘u water pond on November 28

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