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We conduct impartial, multi- and interdisciplinary research and monitoring on a large range of natural-resource issues that impact the quality of life of citizens and landscapes of the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean region.

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Time exposure image shows a beach with a blurry area where waves were breaking, over a 10-minute period.
November 8, 2018

Isla Verde Video Camera 4 Timex

Time-exposure image of Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from a coastal video monitoring station. Image is time-averaged over 10 minutes of video.

Dark image from a video camera shooting for 10 minutes, shows a beach and where varying degrees of movement happened.
November 8, 2018

Isla Verde Video Camera 1 Variance Image

Variance image of Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from a coastal video monitoring station. Image is compiled from 10 minutes of video and shows areas of more movement as brighter colors.

Dark image from a video camera shooting for 10 minutes, shows a beach and where varying degrees of movement happened.
November 8, 2018

Isla Verde Video Camera 2 Variance Image

Variance image of Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from a coastal video monitoring station. Image is compiled from 10 minutes of video and shows areas of more movement as brighter colors.

A man stands near cameras mounted on a pole, on top of a building, with a beach in the background.
November 6, 2018

Video camera setup at Isla Verde

Shawn Harrison stands near video cameras on top of a building overlooking Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cameras measure wave run-up and flooding as part of a study in response to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

View from atop a building looks down on a sandy beach with a rainbow, palm tree just below view, and buildings in distance.
November 5, 2018

Isla Verde, San Juan, Puerto Rico

The urban reef at Isla Verde supports various species of protected corals, sea turtles, and crustaceans, as well as many Caribbean fish. It also protects the International Airport and numerous homes and resorts on the coast.

Shallow, underwater photo of a reef with various species of corals growing on the rocky substrate.
November 1, 2018

Wave-tide gauge off San Juan

A wave-tide gauge, pictured here on a coral reef amongst among sea rods, brain corals, and sea fans, is installed off Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

USGS Rapid Deployment Gauge was installed near Morovis, Puerto Rico, to monitor the Río Grande de Manatí after Hurricane Maria d
December 31, 2017

A Rapid Deployment Gauge in Puerto Rico

This USGS Rapid Deployment Gauge was installed near Morovis, Puerto Rico, to monitor the Río Grande de Manatí after Hurricane Maria destroyed the permanent streamgage which typically monitors the river. USGS photo.

Excerpt of satellite image showing landslide impacts to roads, agriculture, and a reservoir in the Lares Municipality.
December 31, 2017

LS Preliminary Puerto Rico

Excerpt of satellite image showing landslide impacts to roads, agriculture, and a reservoir in the Lares Municipality. Points identify the approximate location of roads visibly impacted by landslides. Image filename contains approximate latitude and longitude of this impact location.

September 30, 2017

USGS Hurricane Preparedness

Before a hurricane, USGS Scientists undertake a data collection effort of a grand scale. They install a temporary mobile network of sensors along the coasts to collect additional data on the intensity of storm surge, one of the most dangerous elements of a hurricane. This effort provides critical information that allows various USGS partners and emergency responders to

September 29, 2017

Image of the Week - Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Landsat 8 imagery shows the change in vegetation on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.

USGS EROS Center (https://eros.usgs.gov/)

July 31, 2017

A Current Immersion

Curt Storlazzi of the USGS explains how the water cycle pulled him into oceanography, and how his personal interests parallel his profession.