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Future Scenarios of Impacts to Ecosystem Services on California Rangelands 2013-3003

What is the Economic Value of Satellite Imagery? 2014-3019

Decision-Support Systems for Natural-Hazards and Land-Management Issues 2012-3001

Climatic Changes and the Effect on Wild Sheep Habitat 2012-3060

Mapping Perennial Vegetation Cover in the Mojave Desert 2011-3077

WGSC Overview - Understanding Risk and Resilience to Natural Hazards 2011-3008

USGS Geographic Science for Public and Tribal Lands 2011-3059

Regional Planning for Nearshore Ecosystem Services 2011-3067

Using Terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) Technology for Land-Surface Analysis in the Southwest 2011-3017

Future of Land Change Research at the U.S. Geological Survey 2011-3080

The Border Environmental Health Initiative: Investigation of the Transboundary Santa Cruz Watershed" 2010-3097


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.

Find out more about our science by following the links on the left.

Tsunami Emergency Managers Meeting, Huntington Beach Lifeguard Headquarters

Nathan Wood PresentingHuntington Beach Tsunami Evacuation Map

Nathan Wood and Jeff Peters met with tsunami researchers from NOAA, CalOES, CGS and Emergency Managers from various California coastal communities to talk about their recent research in tsunami evacuation modeling. Others topics discussed include: tsunami early warning systems, aircraft based warning systems for rural areas, potential multi-phase evacuation plans, and updates on requirements for communities to qualify as TsunamiReady.

Contact Nathan Wood nwood@usgs.gov

In the News
Arguments for erosion structures hold water

pedestrian evacuation map

The Bulletin | Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 8:49 am

Following a year of powerful flood events in
northeastern Santa Cruz County, there was no lack of
interest in a recent field trip to the Babacomari Ranch
where the Borderlands Restoration Group has been
constructing hundreds of erosion-control structures.

Organized by the Santa Cruz Natural Resource
Conservation District (SCNRCD) and hosted by
Charlie Brophy, who represented the owners of the
Babacomari Ranch, the Oct. 17 event consisted of a
tour for area landholders led by Borderlands
representatives David Seibert and Trevor Hare. The
two have been leading work crews and giving their
expertise in building erosion-control structures on the
ranch and elsewhere in the county.
Hare said the Babacomari Ranch was a key location for
their work because it feeds the Babacomari River and
consequently the San Pedro River system, a top
priority for entities including The Walton Family
Foundation, which bankrolls much of Borderlands’
work... Read full article

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Contact Laura Norman for rmore information.


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