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USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin produce hundreds of USGS-series publications, journal papers, and books each year that are subject to rigorous review by USGS specialists. The publications shown below on this page are related to study areas and staff members of USGS Science Centers in Region 7 compiled from the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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Year Published: 2020

Dust deposited on snow cover in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado, 2011-2016: Compositional variability bearing on snow-melt effects

Light-absorbing particles in atmospheric dust deposited on snow cover (dust-on-snow, DOS) diminish albedo and accelerate the timing and rate of snow melt. Identification of these particles and their effects are relevant to snow-radiation modeling and thus water-resource management. Laboratory-measured reflectance of DOS samples from the San Juan...

Reynolds, Richard L.; Goldstein, Harland L.; Moskowitz, Bruce M.; Kokaly, Raymond; Munson, Seth M.; Solheid, Peat; Breit, George N.; Lawrence, Corey R.; Derry, Jeff

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Assessing population-level consequences of anthropogenic stressors for terrestrial wildlife

Human activity influences wildlife. However, the ecological and conservation significances of these influences are difficult to predict and depend on their population‐level consequences. This difficulty arises partly because of information gaps, and partly because the data on stressors are usually collected in a count‐based manner (e.g., number of...

Katzner, Todd E.; Braham, Melissa A.; Conkling, Tara; Diffendorfer, James E.; Duerr, Adam E.; Loss, Scott R.; Nelson, David M.; Vander Zanden, Hannah B.; Yee, Julie L.

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Evidence for late Quaternary deformation along Crowley's Ridge, New Madrid seismic zone

The New Madrid seismic zone has been the source of multiple major (M ~7.0–7.5) earthquakes in the past 2 ka, yet the surface expression of recent deformation remains ambiguous. Crowleys Ridge, a linear ridge trending north‐south for 300+ km through the Mississippi Embayment, has been interpreted as either a fault‐bounded uplift or a nontectonic...

Thompson Jobe, Jessica; Gold, Ryan D.; Briggs, Richard W.; Williams, Robert; Stephenson, William J.; Delano, Jaime E.; Shah, Anjana K.; Minsley, Burke J.

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Geodetic measurements of slow slip events southeast of Parkfield, CA

Tremor and low-frequency earthquakes are presumed to be indicative of surrounding slow, aseismic slip that is often below geodetic detection thresholds. This study uses data from borehole seismometers and long-baseline laser strainmeters to observe both the seismic and geodetic signatures of episodic tremor and slip on the Parkfield region of the...

Delbridge, Brent G.; Carmichael, Joshua D.; Nadeau, Robert M.; Shelly, David R.; Burgmann, Roland

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Operational earthquake forecasting during the 2019 Ridgecrest, California, earthquake sequence with the UCERF3-ETAS model

The first Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast, Version 3–epidemic‐type aftershock sequence (UCERF3‐ETAS) aftershock simulations were running on a high‐performance computing cluster within 33 min of the 4 July 2019 M 6.4 Searles Valley earthquake. UCERF3‐ETAS, an extension of the third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (...

Milner, Kevin R.; Field, Edward H.; Savran, William H; Page, Morgan T.; Jordan, Thomas H

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Testing glacial isostatic adjustment models of last-interglacial sea level history in the Bahamas and Bermuda

Part of the spatial variation in the apparent sea-level record of the last interglacial (LIG) period is due to the diverse response of coastlines to glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) processes, particularly where coastlines were close to the Laurentide Ice Sheet during the past two glacial periods. We tested modeled LIG paleo-sea levels on New...

Muhs, Daniel R.; Simmons, Kathleen R.; Schumann, R. Randall; Schweig, Eugene S.; Rowe, Mark P.

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Evaluation of soil zone processes and a novel radiocarbon correction approach for groundwater with mixed sources

Estimates of groundwater age based on 14C is often limited by the uncertainty in geochemical processes that alter the 14C concentration measured in water and the composition (δ13C and 14C) of carbon sources needed to appropriately parametrize 14C adjustment models. Estimated ages for samples that contain a mixture of young and old groundwater will...

Solder, John E.; Jurgens, Bryant

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Runoff sensitivity to snow depletion curve representation within a continental scale hydrologic model

The spatial variability of snow water equivalent (SWE) can exert a strong influence on the timing and magnitude of snowmelt delivery to a watershed. Therefore, the representation of subgrid or subwatershed snow variability in hydrologic models is important for accurately simulating snowmelt dynamics and runoff response. The U.S. Geological Survey...

Sexstone, Graham A.; Driscoll, Jessica M.; Hay, Lauren; Hammond, John; Barnhart, Theodore B.

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A machine learning approach to developing ground motion models from simulated ground motions

We use a machine learning approach to build a ground motion model (GMM) from a synthetic database of ground motions extracted from the Southern California CyberShake study. An artificial neural network is used to find the optimal weights that best fit the target data (without overfitting), with input parameters chosen to match that of state-of-the...

Withers, Kyle; Moschetti, Morgan P.; Thompson, Eric M.

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Assessment of soil and water resources in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (Monument) in southern New Mexico was established in 2014. Given anticipated future demands in the Monument for recreation, livestock grazing, and maintenance of rights-of-way (for example, pipelines and powerlines), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs a better understanding of the current...

Blake, Johanna M.; Mitchell, Aurelia C.; Shephard, Zachary; Ball, Grady; Chavarria, Shaleene; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.
Blake, J.M., Mitchell, A.C., Shephard, Z., Ball, G., Chavarria, S., and Douglas-Mankin, K.R., 2020, Assessment of soil and water resources in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5142, 64 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195142.

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Relating hydroclimatic change to streamflow, baseflow, and hydrologic partitioning in the Upper Rio Grande Basin, 1980 to 2015

Understanding how changing climatic conditions affect streamflow volume and timing is critical for effective water management. In the Rio Grande Basin of the southwest U.S., decreasing snowpack, increasing minimum temperatures, and decreasing streamflow have been observed in recent decades, but the effects of hydroclimatic changes on baseflow, or...

Rumsey, Christine; Miller, Matthew P.; Sexstone, Graham A.

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Structural control on megathrust rupture and slip behavior: Insights from the 2016 Mw 7.8 Pedernales Ecuador earthquake

The heterogeneous seafloor topography of the Nazca Plate as it enters the Ecuador subduction zone provides an opportunity to document the influence of seafloor roughness on slip behavior and megathrust rupture. The 2016 Mw 7.8 Pedernales Ecuador earthquake was followed by a rich and active postseismic sequence. An internationally coordinated rapid...

Soto-Cordero, Lillian; Meltzer, Anne; Bergman, Eric A.; Hoskins, Mariah; Stachnik, Joshua C.; Agurto-Detzel, Hans; Alvarado, Alexandra; Beck, Susan L.; Charvis, Philippe; Font, Yvonne; Hayes, Gavin P.; Hernandez, Stephen; Leon-Rios, Sergio; Lynner, Colton; Nocquet, Jean-Mathieu; Regnier, Marc; Rietbrock, Andreas; Rolandone, Frederique; Ruiz, Mario

Photos and videos described and linked on this webpage come from a wide variety of USGS science activities and presentations performed by USGS Science Center staff members in the Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin.

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Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit near Hopewell, New Mexico
March 20, 2009

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit near Hopewell, New Mexico

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit near Hopewell, New Mexico.

Workers collect snow sample at Apgar Lookout sampling site, Montana.
March 18, 2009

Workers collect snow sample at Apgar Lookout sampling site, Montana.

Workers collect snow sample at Apgar Lookout sampling site, Montana.

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit at Brumley, Colorado
March 17, 2009

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit at Brumley, Colorado

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit at Brumley, Colorado.

Precipitation collectors near snowpack-sampling site at Elk River, Colorado
March 13, 2009

Precipitation collectors near snowpack-sampling site at Elk River, CO

Precipitation collectors near snowpack-sampling site at Elk River, Colorado

National Atmospheric Deposition site near Gypsum Creek, Wyoming.
March 11, 2009

National Atmospheric Deposition site near Gypsum Creek, Wyoming.

National Atmospheric Deposition site near Gypsum Creek, Wyoming.

Snowpack-sampling site on Lone Mountain at Big Sky ski resort, Montana
March 4, 2009

Snowpack-sampling site on Lone Mountain at Big Sky ski resort, Montana

Snowpack-sampling site on Lone Mountain at Big Sky ski resort, Montana

Buffalo on road to Canyon, Wyoming
February 18, 2009

Buffalo on road to Canyon, Wyoming

Buffalo on road to Canyon, Wyoming

Chalk Cliffs in the background showing view from video camera towards station 1.
December 31, 2008

Chalk Cliffs view of Station 1

View of the west channel and Upper monitoring station (Station 1), Chalk Cliffs, CO.

Picture of a mountain range  with hay field and forest in foreground
September 23, 2008

Mountain range with hay field and forest in foreground in Colorado

Mountain range in the background, forest and hay field in the foreground.  The picture was taken in Colorado during a field trip for the Land Cover Trends project.

Andrews Creek Weather Station, Loch Vale, RMNP, CO
September 15, 2008

Andrews Meadow Weather Station

Andrews Creek Weather Station, Loch Vale, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Andrews Meadow (401723105400101)

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Measuring streamflow in Fish Creek with large Cladophora growth
August 21, 2008

Measuring streamflow in Fish Creek with large Cladophora growth

Measuring streamflow in Fish Creek with large Cladophora growth

The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park
June 30, 2008

The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park. 

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