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Oregon Water Science Center

Oregon Water Science Center

The Oregon Water Science Center uses state-of-the-art techniques for data collection and interpretation. Scientists have expertise in all areas of water science, including: water quality, groundwater, surface water, and aquatic ecosystems.

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Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC)

Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC)

FRESC's ecological research increases understanding of how biological systems function, how disturbances and threats affect species and habitats, and which methods most effectively promote restoration, conservation, and other management goals.

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The Oregon hydrologic technicians are servicing equipment that is part of a streamflow and water-quality monitoring inituative. Our data and study results are widely used to manage Oregon's water resources for the benefit of people and our environment.

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Date published: January 14, 2021

New Scientist-in-Charge at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Jon Major to serve as the new Scientist-in-Charge of the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Date published: January 5, 2021

USGS Measures the Effect of Recent Wildfires on Water Quality in Oregon

Some of the intense wildfires that occurred during late summer of 2020 in Oregon happened along streams that were being monitored by the USGS. As a result, the USGS was able to measure how water-quality was affected by those wildfires.

Date published: October 6, 2020

Expanding our knowledge of Willamette River fish habitat

USGS scientists are providing important information about off-channel features of the Willamette River, which provide habitat for many fish species including salmonids. This information will fill gaps in the data needed to effectively manage the Willamette River system.

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Date published: December 19, 2020
Status: Active

Portland, Oregon Landslide Monitoring Site

Recent Monitoring Data

Date published: December 18, 2020
Status: Active

Millicoma Meander, Elliott State Forest, Oregon Landslide Monitoring Site

Recent Monitoring Data

Date published: December 17, 2020
Status: Active

Knife Ridge, Elliott State Forest, Oregon Landslide Monitoring Site

Recent Monitoring Data

Date published: November 12, 2020
Status: Active

KFFS Lead Scientists and Areas of Expertise

Lead Scientist - Expertise

Contacts: Summer Burdick
Date published: November 12, 2020
Status: Active

Species Studied at the Klamath Falls Field Station

The Klamath Falls Field Station conducts research on rare and imperiled fishes in the Klamath Basin and the desert southwest. The following list contains both common and scientific names. Descriptions of species and studies can be found under the "Related Science" tab.

Contacts: Summer Burdick
Date published: October 22, 2020
Status: Active

EXPRESS: Expanding Pacific Research and Exploration of Submerged Systems

EXPRESS is a multi-year, multi-institution cooperative research campaign in deep sea areas of California, Oregon, and Washington, including the continental shelf and slope. EXPRESS data and information are intended to guide wise use of living marine resources and habitats, inform ocean energy and mineral resource decisions, and improve offshore hazard assessments.

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Date published: October 15, 2020
Status: Active

USGS-developed lahar detection systems provide warning of lahars

USGS scientists developed an inexpensive, durable, portable, and easily installed system to detect and continuously monitor the arrival and passage of debris flows and floods in river valleys draining active volcanoes.

Attribution: Natural Hazards
Date published: October 15, 2020
Status: Active

18-2. Earthquake ground motions and seismic hazard in the Pacific Northwest

This Research Opportunity will be filled depending on the availability of funds. All application materials must be submitted through USAJobs by 11:59 pm, US Eastern Standard Time, on the closing date.

Date published: September 30, 2020
Status: Active

Cascadia Subduction Zone Marine Geohazards

Societal Issue: Uncertainty related to rupture extent, slip distribution, and recurrence of past subduction megathrust earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest (northern CA, OR, WA, and southern BC) leads to ambiguity in earthquake and tsunami hazard assessments and hinders our ability to prepare for future events.

Date published: August 19, 2020
Status: Completed

2019 Seafloor Geodesy cruise

Performed maintenance on and retrieved data from seafloor geodetic instrument arrays offshore of Oregon and northern California in 2019, a USGS-Scripps-University of Washington-University of Hawaii partnership

Contacts: Janet Watt
Date published: August 19, 2020
Status: Completed

2019 USGS-NOAA Multibeam Bathymetry

Multibeam bathymetric surveys conducted offshore of Oregon and northern California in 2019, a USGS-NOAA partnership

Contacts: Peter Dartnell
Date published: August 19, 2020
Status: Completed

2019 Geophysical surveys and instrumented tripod deployment in and around Astoria Canyon

Geophysical data collected and instrumented tripods deployed in and around Astoria Canyon offshore of the Washington/Oregon border in 2019, a USGS-University of Washington partnership

Contacts: Jenna C Hill
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Date published: June 26, 2020

CTD profiles and discrete water-column measurements collected off California and Oregon during NOAA cruise SH-18-12 (USGS field activity 2018-663-FA) from October to November 2018

Various water column variables, including CTD (Conductivity Temperature Depth) data were measured at selected depths from sites offshore of California and Oregon from October to November 2018 during NOAA cruise SH-18-12 on R/V Bell M. Shimada (USGS field activity 2018-663-FA).

Date published: June 23, 2020

Global Geochemical Database for Critical Minerals in Archived Mine Samples

The Critical Minerals in Archived Mine Samples Database (CMDB) contains chemistry and geologic information for historic ore and ore-related rock samples from mineral deposits in the United States. In addition, the database contains samples from archetypal deposits from 27 other countries in North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Samples were obtained from archived ore

Date published: April 23, 2020

Domestic Wells in the United States

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

Date published: April 15, 2020

Fungicides in nectar and pollen collected by bumble bees in a cherry orchard

Lab-reared colonies of Bombus huntii (Hunt bumble bee) were deployed in a commercial cherry orchard in the spring of 2016. A fungicide formulation containing boscalid (25.2%) and pyraclostrobin (12.8%) was applied one time at the recommended label rate. Nectar and pollen were collected daily, beginning two days before spray application and continuing for ten days following. Nect

Date published: February 20, 2020

Multichannel sparker seismic reflection data of USGS field activity 2018-658-FA collected between Cape Blanco and Cape Mendocino from 2018-10-04 to 2018-10-18

This data release contains processed high-resolution multichannel sparker seismic-reflection (MCS) data that were collected aboard Humboldt State University’s R/V Coral Sea in October of 2018 on U.S. Geological Survey cruise 2018-658-FA on the shelf and slope between Cape Blanco, Oregon, and Cape Mendocino, California. MCS data were collected to characterize quaternary deforma

Date published: September 26, 2019

Data for assessing the susceptibility of groundwater used for drinking water supply from selected principal aquifers of the Western United States, 2004-2018

Groundwater age distribution and susceptibility to natural and anthropogenic contaminants were assessed for selected principal aquifers of the Western United States: the Central Valley aquifer system (CVAL), the Basin and Range basin-fill aquifers (BNRF), the Rio Grande aquifer system (RIOG), the High Plains aquifer (HPAQ), the Columbia Plateau basaltic-rock aquifers (

Date published: June 10, 2019

Beach topography and nearshore bathymetry of the Columbia River littoral cell, Washington and Oregon

This data release presents beach topography and nearshore bathymetry data from repeated surveys performed by a team of scientists from the USGS, Washington State Department of Ecology, and Oregon State University in the Columbia River littoral cell (CRLC), Washington and Oregon. The CRLC extends approximately 165 kilometers between Point Grenville, WA, and Tillamook, OR.

Date published: January 1, 2019

Beach topography of the Columbia River littoral cell, Washington and Oregon, 2019

This portion of the USGS data release presents topography data collected during surveys performed in the Columbia River littoral cell, Washington and Oregon, in 2019 (USGS Field Activity Number 2019-632-FA). Topographic profiles were collected by walking along survey lines with global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers mounted on backpacks. Prior to data collection, vertic

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

Nearshore bathymetry of the Columbia River littoral cell, Washington and Oregon, 2019

This portion of the USGS data release presents bathymetry data collected during surveys performed in the Columbia River littoral cell, Washington and Oregon in 2019 (USGS Field Activity Number 2019-632-FA). Bathymetry data were collected using four personal watercraft (PWCs) equipped with single-beam sonar systems and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers. The sonar sy

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Black and grey map of the contiguous 48 states shaded by the number of people using domestic wells per square kilometer (2010)
April 23, 2020

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

CITE
January 10, 2018

Scientists at WERC's Dixon Field station have fitted Cinnamon Teal with GPS backpacks. Using R, the telemetry locations are displayed on an image every two weeks.

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

Klamath lake landsat
February 1, 2010

The image is a mosaic of nine scenes from Landsat 5 at a resolution of 30 meters on 07/22/2005, 08/26/2006, 06/17/2007, 07/05/2007, 08/18/2009, 08/27/2009, and 09/26/2009.

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Ensemble ShakeMaps for magnitude 9 earthquakes on the Cascadia Subduction Zone

We develop ensemble ShakeMaps for various magnitude 9 (⁠M">MM 9) earthquakes on the Cascadia megathrust. Ground‐shaking estimates are based on 30 M">MM 9 Cascadia earthquake scenarios, which were selected using a logic‐tree approach that varied the hypocenter location, down‐dip rupture limit, slip distribution, and location of...

Moriarty, Erin; Grant, Alex R. R. ; Marafi, Nasser A.; Frankel, Arthur

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Identifying the greatest earthquakes of the past 2000 years at the Nehalem River Estuary, Northern Oregon Coast, USA

We infer a history of three great megathrust earthquakes during the past 2000 years at the Nehalem River estuary based on the lateral extent of sharp (≤3 mm) peat-mud stratigraphic contacts in cores and outcrops, coseismic subsidence as interpreted from fossil diatom assemblages and reconstructed with foraminiferal assemblages using a Bayesian...

Nelson, Alan R.; Hawkes, Andrea D.; Sawai, Yuki; Engelhart, Simon E.; Witter, Robert C.; Grant-Walter, Wendy C.; Bradley, Lee-Ann; Dura, Tina; Cahill, Niamh; Horton, Benajamin P.

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Twelve-year dynamics and rainfall thresholds for alternating creep and rapid movement of the Hooskanaden landslide from integrating InSAR, pixel offset tracking, and borehole and hydrological measurements

The Hooskanaden landslide is a large (~600 m wide × 1,300 m long), deep (~30 – 45 m) slide located in southwestern Oregon. Since 1958, it has had five moderate/major movements that catastrophically damaged the intersecting U.S. Highway 101, along with persistent slow wet‐season movements and a long‐term accelerating trend...

Xu, Y.; Lu, Z.; Schulz, William; Kim, J.

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Developing post-alert messaging for ShakeAlert, the earthquake early warning system for the West Coast of the United States of America

As ShakeAlert, the earthquake early warning system for the West Coast of the U.S., begins its transition to operational public alerting, we explore how post-alert messaging might represent system performance. Planned post-alert messaging can provide timely, crucial information to both emergency managers and ShakeAlert operators as well as...

McBride, Sara; Bostrom, Ann; Sutton, Jeannette; deGroot, Robert Michael; Baltay, Annemarie S.; Terbush, Brian; Bodin, Paul; Dixon, Maximilian; Holland, Emily; Arba, Ryan; Laustsen, Paul C.; Liu, Sophia; Vinci, Margaret

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Submarine canyons, slope failures and mass transport processes in southern Cascadia

The marine turbidite record along the southern Cascadia Subduction Zone has been used to interpret paleoseismicity and suggest a shorter recurrence interval for large (>M7) earthquakes along this portion of the margin; however, the sources and pathways of these turbidity flows are poorly constrained. We examine the spatial distribution of...

Hill, Jenna C.; Watt, Janet; Brothers, Daniel; Kluesner, Jared

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Year Published: 2019

Impacts of simulated M9 Cascadia Subduction Zone motions on idealized systems

Ground motions have been simulated for a magnitude 9 (M9) Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, which will affect the Puget Lowland region, including cities underlain by the Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma sedimentary basins. The current national seismic maps do not account for the effects of these basins on the risk-targeted Maximum Considered...

Marafi, Nasser A.; Eberhard, Marc; Berman, Jeffrey W.; Moriarty, Erin; Frankel, Arthur

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Using the stream salmonid simulator (S3) to assess juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) production under historical and proposed action flows in the Klamath River, California

Executive SummaryThe production of Klamath River fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in northern California and southern Oregon is thought to be limited by poor survival during freshwater juvenile life stages, in part a result of Ceratonova shasta—a highly infectious disease that can lead to high fish mortality. Higher flushing river...

Plumb, John M.; Perry, Russell W.; Som, Nicholas A.; Alexander, Julie; Hetrick, Nicholas J.
Plumb, J.M., Perry, R.W., Som, N.A., Alexander, J., and Hetrick, N.J., 2019, Using the stream salmonid simulator (S3) to assess juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) production under historical and proposed action flows in the Klamath River, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019-1099, 43 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191099.

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Application of the Stream Salmonid Simulator (S3) to Klamath River fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), California—Parameterization and calibration

Executive SummaryIn this report, we describe application of the Stream Salmonid Simulator (S3) to Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in the Klamath River between Keno Dam in southern Oregon and the ocean in northern California. S3 is a deterministic life-stage-structured population model that tracks daily growth, movement, and survival of...

Perry, Russell W.; Plumb, John M.; Jones, Edward C.; Som, Nicholas A.; Hardy, Thomas B.; Hetrick, Nicholas J.
Perry, R.W., Plumb, J.M., Jones, E.C., Som, N.A., Hardy, T.B., and Hetrick, N.J., 2019, Application of the Stream Salmonid Simulator (S3) to Klamath River fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), California—Parameterization and calibration: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1107, 89 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191107.

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Estimating annual Ceratonova shasta mortality rates in juvenile Scott and Shasta River coho salmon that enter the Klamath River mainstem

The impacts of Ceratonova shasta on Klamath River salmonids have been the focus of tremendous research and monitoring over the past decade. Knowledge gained from the various studies has resulted in a growing suite of decision support tools that can be used to predict the prevalence of infection and mortality that can be expected from varying...

Som, Nicholas A.; Hetrick, Nicholas J.; Perry, Russell; Alexander, Julie D

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Juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) survival in Lookout Point Reservoir, Oregon, 2018

A field study was conducted to estimate survival of juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in Lookout Point Reservoir, Oregon, during 2018. The study consisted of releasing three groups of genetically-marked fish into the reservoir, and sampling them monthly. Juveniles were released during April 10–13 (116,708 fish), May 15–18 (31,911...

Kock, Tobias J.; Perry, Russell W.; Hansen, Gabriel S.; Haner, Philip V.; Pope, Adam C.; Plumb, John M.; Cogliati, Karen M.; Hansen, Amy C.
Kock, T.J., Perry, R.W., Hansen, G.S., Haner, P.V., Pope, A.C., Plumb, J.M., Cogliati, K.M., and Hansen, A.C., 2019, Juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) survival in Lookout Point Reservoir, Oregon, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1097, 41 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191097.

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Monitoring of endangered Klamath Basin suckers translocated from Lake Ewauna to Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, 2014−2017

Data from a 4-year capture and transport program were used to assess translocation as a management strategy for two long-lived, federally endangered catostomids in the Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon. Lost River (Deltistes luxatus) and shortnose (Chasmistes brevirostris) suckers, two species endemic to the Klamath Basin, were translocated from Lake...

Banet, Nathan V.; Hewitt, David A.
Banet, N.V., and Hewitt, D.A., 2019, Monitoring of endangered Klamath Basin suckers translocated from Lake Ewauna to Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, 2014−2017: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1085, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191085.

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A spatial model of streaked horned lark breeding habitat in the Columbia River, USA

The streaked horned lark (hereafter “lark”; Eremophila alpestris strigata) is a federally listed bird subspecies of the Pacific Northwest that occupies open landscapes with short vegetation and abundant bare ground. Across its breeding range, which has contracted dramatically, the lark relies primarily on human-modified habitats maintained in...

Hatten, James; Slater, Gary L.; Treadwell, Jerrmaine L.; Stevenson, Matthew R.

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multicolored map of Ocean Shores, Washington
April 13, 2017

The Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst is an ArcGIS extension that estimates how long it would take for someone to travel on foot out of a hazardous area that was threatened by a sudden event such as a tsunami, flash flood, or volcanic lahar. It takes into account the elevation changes and the different types of landcover that a person would encounter along the way.

Upper Klamath Lake
April 3, 2013

The Shoreline Management Tool—An ArcMap Tool for Analyzing Water Depth, Inundated Area, Volume, and Selected Habitats, with an Example for the Lower Wood River Valley, Oregon

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Seismic/GPS station YOCR, at Mount Hood
October 1, 2020

Seismic/GPS station YOCR, at Mount Hood

A Cascades Volcano Observatory field team completes the installation of the combined seismic/GPS station YOCR, at Mount Hood. Effective monitoring requires a geographically distributed network of instruments that are located on the upper flanks, and around the volcano, and for these stations to be in place before significant unrest occurs to catch the earliest subtle

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GPS mast installed at station LSON, on Mount Hood
October 1, 2020

CVO geophysicist installs a GPS mast at station LSON, Mount Hood

USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory Geophysicist Rebecca Kramer works on the installation of the GPS mast at new station LSON, at Mount Hood. The GPS measures subtle ground deformation that can occur in response to magma entering or leaving the magma reservoir several miles below the summit.

Combined seismic/GPS station LSON on Mount Hood
October 1, 2020

Combined seismic/GPS station LSON on Mount Hood

Combined seismic/GPS station LSON, on Mount Hood, installed at the end of September 2020. LSON is one of three new stations that enhance the existing monitoring network at this high-threat volcano.

Volcano monitoring station BRSP, on the north flank of Mount Hood
October 1, 2020

Volcano monitoring station BRSP, on the north flank of Mount Hood

View of the combined seismic/GPS station BRSP, on the north flank of Mount Hood, Oregon. Mount Hood is pictured in the distance.

Finishing the installation of seismic/GPS station YOCR, at Mount Hood
October 1, 2020

Finishing the installation of seismic/GPS station YOCR, at Mount Hood

A USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory field team finishes the installation of the combined seismic/GPS station, YOCR, at Mount Hood, Oregon.

New seismic/GPS station (LSON) installed at Mount Hood
September 30, 2020

New seismic/GPS station (LSON) installed at Mount Hood

USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory Geophysicist Wes Thelen, removes ropes from new station LSON, at Mount Hood (Mount Hood is pictured in the distance). The fiberglass hut, delivered by helicopter, will house a power supply, data digitizer and other equipment necessary to collect and send seismic and GPS data to the Cascades Volcano Observatory and their monitoring partners

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Installation of GPS mast at station BRSP on Mount Hood
September 30, 2020

Installation of GPS mast at station BRSP on Mount Hood

USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory Geophysicist Emily Montgomery-Brown uses a drill to create a small hole in volcanic rock that will support a GPS mast. The effort was part of a three-station installation project at Mount Hood in 2020. This station location is called BRSP.

Helicopter delivers equipment to station BRSP on Mount Hood
September 30, 2020

Helicopter delivers equipment to station BRSP on Mount Hood

A USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory field team waits on this remote north flank of Mount Hood, as a helicopter delivers supplies and equipment to station BRSP. The station was installed with minimal impact on the environment. A helicopter delivered equipment via external sling load and USGS personnel accessed the site by foot.

Installing a seismometer at station BRSP on Mount Hood
September 30, 2020

Installing a seismometer at station BRSP on Mount Hood

Volcano Disaster Assistance Program Geophysicist Jeremy Pesicek digs a hole for a seismometer at station BRSP, on the north flank of Mount Hood. The seismometer, which detects earthquakes, is buried at a depth of at least 1 meter (3 feet).

North Santiam River cableway
September 16, 2020

Cableway on North Santiam River at Niagara, Oregon

Cableway on North Santiam River at Niagara, Oregon (Site number 14181500)

Blue River stream gage
September 15, 2020

Stream gage on Blue River at Blue River, Oregon

Stream gage on Blue River at Blue River, Oregon, (Site number 14162200)

McKenzie River stream gage
September 15, 2020

Stream gage on McKenzie River near Vida, Oregon

Stream gage on McKenzie River near Vida, Oregon (Site number 14162500) 

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Dr. Jon Major, Scientist-in-Charge of the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory.
January 14, 2021

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Jon Major to serve as the new Scientist-in-Charge of the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Wildfire impacts at site 14209710 (Sept., 2020)
January 5, 2021

Some of the intense wildfires that occurred during late summer of 2020 in Oregon happened along streams that were being monitored by the USGS. As a result, the USGS was able to measure how water-quality was affected by those wildfires.

Willamette River alcove
October 6, 2020

USGS scientists are providing important information about off-channel features of the Willamette River, which provide habitat for many fish species including salmonids. This information will fill gaps in the data needed to effectively manage the Willamette River system.

Hells Canyon on the Snake River
September 28, 2020

SPARROW mappers are interactive tools that allow users to evaluate streamflow and nutrient and sediment conditions as well as the importance of different sources of contaminants in a selected river basin. Data can be visualized at different scales using maps and interactive graphs and tables.

North Santiam River cableway
September 23, 2020

On Labor Day, September 7, 2020, dry conditions combined with unusually strong summer winds resulted in several fires in western and southern Oregon. These fires have caused property damage and fatalities.

Color illustration of tree ring data
August 25, 2020

This AtlasObscura article features USGS scientist Brian Atwater and University of Washington colleague, David Yamaguchi and their research on the Cascadia subduction zone.

View A Massive Earthquake Is Coming to Cascadia—And It Can’t Be Stopped.

Monitoring for volcanic gases at Newberry Volcano
August 7, 2020

Field crews set up temporary gas monitoring sensors and sample hot springs and seeps, soils, and areas where sulfur smells were reported. Preliminary data show little change from previous years and monitoring effort will continue.

Dragonfly larvae being held in an open hand
July 21, 2020

A team of federal, academic, and NGO researchers conducted a national-scale assessment of mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic ecosystems using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels.

Illustration model of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
June 22, 2020

The geologic research and mapping in the offshore areas is foundational to understanding how to manage resources and improve public safety in subduction zone areas.

Underwater photo of a rocky outcrop with fish.
June 22, 2020

As state and national interest in offshore renewable energy development and substantial commercial and recreational fishing activities grows, managing offshore habitats becomes increasingly challenging. In response, USGS and BOEM have joined NOAA and several non-Federal partners to initiate EXpanding Pacific Research and Exploration of Submerged Systems (EXPRESS), a multiyear campaign.

map of Los Angeles area with different gradational colors
June 1, 2020

One USGS scientist has sorted through the challenges, the claims, and the data to determine what the possibilities and limitations really are for EEW, and the results may surprise you.

Read the new Science for Everyone article: The Blind Zone of Earthquake Early Warning

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Oregon Water Science Center

Oregon Water Science Center

The Oregon Water Science Center uses state-of-the-art techniques for data collection and interpretation. Scientists have expertise in all areas of water science, including: water quality, groundwater, surface water, and aquatic ecosystems.

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Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC)

Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC)

FRESC's ecological research increases understanding of how biological systems function, how disturbances and threats affect species and habitats, and which methods most effectively promote restoration, conservation, and other management goals.

Go to FRESC