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The science that transformed a dry streambed into an oasis

By mcollier@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 19, 2024.

Nature-based solutions may seem too-good-to-be-true, but USGS is studying how these simple solutions provide benefits for people and the environment.

Volcano Watch — Measuring Volcanic Gases: The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind

By kmulliken@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 18, 2024.

Measurement of volcanic gases is critical for both public safety and understanding volcanic activity—and everything we measure relies on the wind.

First study to quantify global earthquake risk to mineral supplies

By hkoehler@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 18, 2024.

GOLDEN, Colo.  —  A new scientific mechanism for assessing the potential risk to worldwide mineral commodity supplies from seismic activity has been developed by USGS scientists. The methodology was developed through studying copper and rhenium but provides a framework for future studies assessing many other mineral commodities around the globe. 

Benthic Invertebrate Response to Estuarine Marsh Restoration at the Nisqually River Delta

By ppearsall@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 18, 2024.

New research from the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service evaluates the response of benthic invertebrates to the largest estuary and tidal marsh restoration project in the Pacific Northwest at Washington’s Nisqually River Delta. 

Landsat Informing Better Wetland Management in Australia and Africa

By mbouchard@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 18, 2024.

Wetlands and mangroves are vital for climate change mitigation and adaptation, as they support flood control, pollution absorption, and carbon storage. Earth observation technologies such as Digital Earth Australia and Digital Earth Africa provide data for informed conservation and restoration decisions, supporting sustainable management practices and enhancing climate resilience.

New National Heat Index Uses USGS Data

By jlawson@contractor.usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 17, 2024.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has debuted a Heat and Health Index to help residents understand how likely they are to feel adverse effects of heat in their community. Among the index’s data sources is the National Land Cover Database (NLCD), produced at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

Extreme Low Flows Less Common with Warmer Winters and Wetter Summers

By krossos@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 17, 2024.

The volume of water rushing in a river, also known as streamflow, naturally changes based on seasonal fluctuations of temperature and precipitation.

Interactive Apollo 15, 16, and 17 Maps Available Now!

By sblack@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 17, 2024.

Imagine it’s the early 1970’s. You’re a scientist helping lead the Apollo missions to the Moon, and you are trying to figure out where to send the astronauts next. Where should they go? As a planetary scientist, you would probably want to send the astronauts to an area with “high scientific value,” but what exactly does that mean?

CVO dismantles Mount St. Helens’ VALT seismic station after 18 years in service.

By lwestby@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 16, 2024.

While VALT will be missed for sentimental reasons, plans are underway to install a replacement on the crater floor away from the reach of Crater Glacier. No gaps in monitoring are anticipated.

USGS Friday's Findings - July 26, 2024

By ssoileau@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 16, 2024.

Title:  Staying Cool in the Big City: Regional and Local Drivers of Urban Heat Mitigation

Date:  July 26, 2024, at 2:00-2:30 pm Eastern/11:00 -11:30 am Pacific 

Speaker: Peter Ibsen, Research Ecologist, Geoscience and Environmental Change Science Center

Pathology Case of the Month - Sea Otter

By brichards@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 16, 2024.

History: A subadult female 11.8 kg sea otter (Enhydra lutris) was found dead on a beach in Washington State, USA.  

How Timing Mismatches May Affect Lake Michigan’s Fish Populations

By cduzet@contractor.usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 16, 2024.

Midwest CASC-supported scientists explore the potential consequences of climate-driven shifts to the hatch timing of fish in Lake Michigan.

USGS article featured on the cover of the July/August issue of Journal of Environmental Quality

By nschmer@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 16, 2024.

A USGS fieldwork photo was recently featured on the cover of the July/August 2024 issue of Journal of Environmental Quality*. 

The issue includes the article Complex Hydrology and Variability of Nitrogen Sources in a Karst Watershed authored by scientists from the USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center and the University of Kansas.

 

Dragonflies Reveal Surprising Insights into Mercury Pollution

By jlavista@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 16, 2024.

A new study has unveiled surprising findings about mercury pollution: where it comes from and how it moves through the environment varies significantly depending on the ecosystem. 

Yellowstone GPS stations help to monitor solar storms that cause widespread auroras

By mpoland@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 15, 2024.

For a couple nights in May an extreme solar storm created a beautiful night sky for many people in areas that normally are too far away to see auroras. Some of the GPS stations in Yellowstone are among the tools used to monitor space weather like that solar storm.

Coastal Change Hazards Team Forecasted Hurricane Beryl Beach Impacts

By bboynton@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 12, 2024.

As Hurricane Beryl approached the US Gulf of Mexico coast, the USGS Coastal Change Hazards team produced a series of forecasts for impacts on the beach. Forecasts were updated daily based on wave and storm surge forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

Bill Werkheiser Selected as Associate Director for the Water Resources Mission Area

By lcastrolindarte@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 12, 2024.

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Bill Werkheiser as the new Associate Director (AD) for the Water Resources Mission Area (WMA), starting Monday, July 15th.

Analyzing the Relationship Between Fire Size and Burn Severity in the Northwest

By cduzet@contractor.usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 12, 2024.

Larger wildfires have the capacity to burn hotter and longer, but what does that mean for forested ecosystems in the Northwest? A new study by Northwest CASC scientists explores the relationship between fire size and patterns of burn severity in the region to guide forest management strategies. 

Media Alert: USGS Dye-Tracing Study in Lake Fork Creek to Map Groundwater Flow

By jlavista@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 12, 2024.

LEADVILLE, Colo.—The U.S. Geological Survey will be conducting a dye-tracing study in Lake Fork Creek, west of Leadville, downstream from the Sugarloaf Dam between July 15-19, 2024

50 Years of USGS Headquarters Building in Reston, Virginia

By sshukla@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 12, 2024.

Today, July 12th, marks 50 years since the USGS headquarters in Reston, Virginia, was dedicated in 1974. This milestone turned a long-held vision into reality, creating a National Center for advancing earth science. As we celebrate this golden anniversary, we reflect on the USGS's journey from its modest beginnings in Washington, D.C., to becoming a cornerstone of scientific excellence.

40 Years of Presenting Cape Cod Water Science

By krossos@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 11, 2024.

USGS has studied the hydrology of Cape Cod and the Islands and demonstrated our science to the public for more than four decades. 

Artemis III mission tests in the San Francisco Volcanic Field near Flagstaff, AZ and in Houston, TX

By jrichie@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 11, 2024.

Do you know in May 2024, a moonwalk simulation occurred in northern Arizona? Flight controllers, astronauts, engineers, and geologists were testing operations for astronauts’ return to the Moon in a couple of years. Astronauts and a flight control team worked together to further drive NASA’s Artemis III mission operations strategy.

Volcano Watch — More shaking on Kīlauea’s south flank. Did you feel it?

By kmulliken@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 11, 2024.

Island of Hawaiʻi residents are used to feeling the ground shake beneath them. From subtle shakes that feel like wind, to abrupt jolting that knocks dishes off the counter, living on this volcanically active island means accepting that the ground beneath our feet will not always keep still. 

Landsat Archive Fills in Tundra Fire Gaps

By jlawson@contractor.usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 11, 2024.

Curiosity can be a strong motivator. It certainly was for Eric Miller of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska Fire Service.

New Tool Revolutionizes Coastal Shoreline Mapping with Decades of Satellite Data

By ppearsall@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 10, 2024.

Coastal scientists and resource managers have long sought a reliable and efficient way to monitor and manage the world’s shorelines. Thanks to extensive collections of satellite data spanning more than four decades, this endeavor is now more feasible.

Lassen Volcanic Center's June 24, 2024 earthquake swarm: (Background) business as usual

By jlball@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 10, 2024.

A short earthquake swarm in the southern part of the Lassen Volcanic Center reminds us that volcanoes can shake, rattle, and roll even when they're not erupting.

From the Field to the Laboratory: Endangered Klamath Basin Suckers

By nkohli@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 10, 2024.

Populations of endangered suckers in the Klamath Basin continue to decline. USGS scientists gain insights through field and laboratory efforts to investigate parasites as a potential threat to this vulnerable species. 

July 10, 2024 CDI Monthly Meeting

By lhsu@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 10, 2024.

The July 10, 2024 CDI monthly virtual meeting will feature presentations on data accessibility with a visualization app, accuracy and quality of generalized geospatial data.

Scientist Spotlight: Finding Yourself in the Open World Career Landscape with Aparna Bamzai-Dodson

By jbush@contractor.usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 09, 2024.

Meet Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, the Assistant Regional Administrator of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, a co-production expert, and an ‘open-world’ video gamer.

The USGS Director Applegate Visits Western Fisheries Research Center

By nkohli@usgs.gov from All News. Published on Jul 09, 2024.

In March, the USGS Director Applegate attended the World Fisheries Congress. The trip to Seattle for the Congress gave Director Applegate the opportunity to visit several USGS science centers in the Puget Sound area, including the Western Fisheries Research Center!

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