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The Western Geographic Science Center conducts research to help communities make decisions about the interaction between people and their environment. We conduct geographic research on the environmental and societal consequences of a changing landscape.

Our projects analyze human / environmental interactions spatially and temporally. Our work is collaborative, involving many partners and linking many different natural science and social science disciplines. Our work is concentrated in the 9 states of the USGS Western Region and is conducted on local and regional scales.

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USGS tsunami research highlighted in Oregon television episode:

Tsunami Video Link

Oregon Field Guide on Oregon Public Broadcasting is airing a segment focusing on the 50thanniversary of the 1964 Alaska tsunami that stuck the Oregon Coast. USGS research geographer Nathan Wood was interviewed as part of the production to discuss community vulnerability to tsunamis. For more information, contact Nathan Wood at nwood@usgs.gov or 503-251-3291. Episode will be available at http://www.opb.org/television/programs/ofg/episodes/2513/.

In the News
WGSC geophysicist interviewed about recent quake in Los Angeles

Fox Video

Scientists say Monday’s magnitude 4.4 earthquake in Southern California, and last week’s quakes near the North Coast were simply business as usual in seismically-active California.

“The pattern that we’re seeing now is no different than what we had two or three weeks ago,” said Dr. Gerald Bawden, a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey in Sacramento.  “It just happened to be some were a little bit larger…or happened to be a little bit shallower.”

A larger concern than the recent quake activity, is the lack of activity on major fault lines that have been quiet for many years.

According to Dr. Bawden, a magnitude 6.5 or larger quake is likely on the Hayward fault in the Bay Area within the next 25 years.

“One standard deviation says 65 percent chance,” Dr. Bawden said.

Dr. Gerald Bawden
Research Geophysicist
U.S. Geological Survey


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