|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 National Geographic magazine
Pedestrian evacuation modeling by USGS geographers Nathan Wood and Jeanne Jones and Sacramento State University is featured in a story about vertical evacuation refuges in southwest Washington for the February 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine. Modeling results were used to create a map of pedestrian travel time to safety out of tsunami hazard zones associated with a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. Results were useful in demonstrating the evacuation challenges for the local schools and contributed to recent efforts to begin planning for a tsunami refuge at a Westport elementary school. For more information, contact, Nathan Wood at email@example.com or 503-251-3291.