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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: 2019

Constraining parameter uncertainty in modeling debris-flow initiation during the September 2013 Colorado Front Range storm

The occurrence of debris flows during the September 2013 northern Colorado floods took the emergency management community by surprise. The September 2013 debris flows in the Colorado Front Range initiated from shallow landslides in colluvium. Most occurred on south- and east-facing slopes on the walls of steep canyons in crystalline rocks and on...

Baum, Rex L.; Scheevel, C.R.; Jones, Eric S.

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Bayesian analysis of the impact of rainfall data product on simulated slope failure for North Carolina locations

In the past decades, many different approaches have been developed in the literature to quantify the load-carrying capacity and geotechnical stability (or the Factor of Safety, F_s) of variably saturated hillslopes. Much of this work has focused on a deterministic characterization of hillslope stability. Yet, simulated F_s values are subject to...

Yatheendradas, Soni; Kirschbaum, Dalia; Nearing, Grey; Vrugt, Jasper A.; Baum, Rex L.; Wooten, Rick; Lu, Ning; Godt, Jonathan W.
Yatheendradas, S., Kirschbaum, D., Nearing, G., Vrugt, J.A., Baum, R.L., Wooten, Rick, Lu, Ning, Godt, J.W., 2019, Bayesian analysis of the impact of rainfall data product on simulated slope failure for North Carolina locations: Computational Geosciences, v. 23, no. 3, p. 495–522. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10596-018-9804-y

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Earthquake-induced chains of geologic hazards: Patterns, mechanisms, and impacts

Large earthquakes initiate chains of surface processes that last much longer than the brief moments of strong shaking. Most moderate- and large-magnitude earthquakes trigger landslides, ranging from small failures in the soil cover to massive, devastating rock avalanches. Some landslides dam rivers and impound lakes, which can collapse days to...

Fan, Xuanmei; Scaringi, Gianvito; Korup, Oliver; West, A. Joshua; Westen, Cees J. van; Tanyas, Hakan; Hovius, Niels; Hales, Tristram C; Jibson, Randall W.; Allstadt, Kate E.; Zhang, Limin; Evans, Stephen G.; Xu, Chong; Li, Gen; Pei, Xiangjun; Xu, Qiang; Huang, Runqiu
Fan, X., Scaringi, G. Korup, O., West, A.J., van Westen, C.J., Tanyaş, H., Hovius, N., Hales, T.C., Jibson, R.W., Allstadt, K.E., Zhang, L., Evans, S.G., Xu, C., Li, G., Pei, X., Xu, Q., Huang, R., 2019, Earthquake-induced chains of geologic hazards—Patterns, mechanisms, and impacts: Reviews of Geophysics, v. 57, p. 421-503

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Late Quaternary vegetation development following deglaciation of northwestern Alexander Archipelago, Alaska

The Cordilleran Ice sheet covered most of southeastern Alaska during the Last Glacial Interval (LGI: Marine Isotope Stage 2). Ice began to recede from western Alexander Archipelago ~17,000 + 700 yr BP. In this study pollen analysis and radiocarbon dating of three sediment cores were used to reconstruct, for the first time, the postglacial...

Thomas A. Ager
Ager, T. (2019). Late Quaternary vegetation development following deglaciation of northwestern Alexander Archipelago, Alaska

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Guidance for assessing interregional ecoystem service flows

Ecosystem services (ES) assessments commonly focus on a specific biophysical region or nation and take its geographic borders as the system boundary. Most geographical regions are, however, not closed systems but are open and telecoupled with other regions through ES imports and exports, which are mediated by fluxes of matter, energy and...

Koellner, Thomas; Bonn, Aletta; Arnhold, Sebastian; Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Friedman, Dor; Guerra, Carlos; Kastner, Thomas; Kissinger, Meidad; Kleeman, Janina; Kuhlicke, Christian; Liu, Jianguo; Lopez-Hoffman, Laura; Marques, Alexandra; Martin-Lopez, Berta; Schulp, Catharina J. E.; Wolff, Sarah; Schröter, Matthias

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Explosive summit collapse of Kīlauea Volcano in 1924 preceded by a decade of crustal contamination and anomalous Pb isotope ratios

A geochemical time-series analysis of lavas from frequently active basaltic volcanoes has the potential to reveal the enigmatic mantle controls on volcanic behavior and hazards. In May 1924, the century-long lava lake within Halemaʻumaʻu pit crater at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano drained and the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu collapsed, triggering ∼3 ...

Pietruszka, Aaron; Heaton, Daniel E.; Garcia, Michael O; Marske, Jared P.

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Ross Ice Shelf response to climate driven by the tectonic imprint on seafloor bathymetry

Ocean melting has thinned Antarctica's ice shelves at an increasing rate over the past two decades, leading to loss of grounded ice. The Ross Ice Shelf is currently close to steady state but geological records indicate that it can disintegrate rapidly, which would accelerate grounded ice loss from catchments equivalent to 11.6 m of global sea...

Tinto, K J; Padman, L; Siddoway, C S; Springer, M.R.; Fricker, H.A.; Das, I.; Caratori Tontini, F.; Porter, D.F.; Frearson, N.P.; Howard, S. J.; Siegfried, M.R.; Mosbeux, C.; Becker, M.K.; Bertinato, C.; Boghosian, A.; Brady, N.; Burton, Bethany L.; Chu, W.; Cordero, S.I.; Dhakal, T.; Dong, L.; Gustafson, C.D.; Keeshin, S.; Locke, C.; Lockett, A.; O'Brien, G.; Spergel, J.J.; Starke, S.E.; Tankersley, M.; Wearing, M.; Bell, R.E.

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Estimation of ground motion variability in the CEUS using simulations

We estimate earthquake ground-motion variability in the central and eastern U.S. (CEUS) by varying the model parameters of a deterministic physics-based and a stochastic site-based simulation method. Utilizing a moderate-magnitude database of recordings, we simulate ground motions for larger-magnitude scenarios M6.0, 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, and 8.0. For...

Hartzell, Stephen H.; Sun, Xiaodan; Rezaeian, Sanaz; Clayton, Brandon; Hartzell, Stephen H.

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Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis using stochastic simulated ground motions

: In recent years, ground motion models used in probabilistic seismic hazard analyses (PSHA) have evolved from the traditional approach of using ground motion prediction equations (GMPEs) to using ground motion time series models. The purpose of this paper is to develop an approach to perform a probabilistic seismic hazard analysis using...

Azar, Sarah; Dabaghi, Mayssa; Rezaeian, Sanaz

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Implications of seismic design values for economic losses

In the U.S., seismic design values are determined mostly through a risk-targeting process, which combines information about the expected collapse fragility of code-designed structures with seismic hazard at a site. However, this target only applies where the risk-targeted ground motions govern the design. In other areas, primarily close to active...

Cook, Dustin; Liel, Abbie B.; Luco, Nicolas; Almeter, Edward; Haselton, Curt B.

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Vertical coseismic offsets from differential high-resolution stereogrammetric DSMs: The 2013 Baluchistan, Pakistan earthquake

The recent proliferation of high-resolution (< 3-m spatial resolution) digital topography datasets opens a spectrum of geodetic applications in differential topography, including the quantification of coseismic vertical displacement fields. Most investigations of coseismic vertical displacements to date rely, in part, on pre- or post-event...

Barnhart, William D.; Gold, Ryan D.; Shea, Hannah N.; Peterson, Katherine E.; Briggs, Richard W.; Harbor, David J.

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