Western Geographic Science Center

The Western Geographic Science Center  (WGSC) helps decision makers understand how people and the environment interact through geographic research on environmental and societal impacts from natural hazards and climate change. Our projects analyze human and environmental interactions over space and time. We work with many partners and link numerous natural and social science disciplines. WGSC staff are located across the USGS Pacific, Southwest, and Northwest regions, with our research topics ranging in scale from global food security to nationwide land cover change to community-level hazard analyses. Our research methods utilize the latest in remote sensing and GIS software to analyze a variety of spatial data such as Landsat satellite imagery, U.S. Census Bureau demographic data, LiDAR elevation data, and various data collected from local sensors built by our team.

"Managing for Resilient Rangelands in Southeast Arizona" for the Society for Range Management

Society for Range Management

Laura Norman, USGS Research Physical Scientist, was asked to present her study of Watershed Restoration at the Arizona Section Summer Meeting for the Society for Range Management, "Managing for Resilient Rangelands in Southeast Arizona", on August 17-19, at the Rucker Canyon Administrative Site in Douglas, Arizona,  by James Heitholt, the Rangeland Program Manager at the Coronado National Forest. Dr. Norman's presentation will include an explanation of how rock detention structures can impact peak flows, water supplies, and sedimentation using a paired-watershed approach in the Chiricahua Mountains. For more information, visit http://azrangelands.org/ or contact lnorman@usgs.gov.

What's the Big Idea? Using Remote Sensing to Better Understand the Effects of Climate Change

Zhuoting Wu, research ecologist at the USGS Western Geographic Science Center, explains how the USGS uses remote sensing technology to help Tribal communities better understand the effects of climate change.  Contact Zhuoting to find out more! zwu@usgs.gov

Or visit her webpage to read more!


WGSC fog science highlighted on NBC's OpenRoad:

Field Photo Map

Water, water in the air, is there enough to drink?

Redwoods do it, arboreal salamanders do it, even some humans do it. Getting water from fog is not new but mimicking nature to increase fog water yield is new. The Kia OpenRoad segment to be aired on NBC Sunday May 15 and archived on the web highlights the USGS research partnership with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to explore harvesting water from fog.

Alicia's Fog Science was also featured in the USGS What's the Big Idea?

Contact Alicia Torregrosa atorregrosa@usgs.gov

For more about fog science visit http://geography.wr.usgs.gov/fog/

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