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USGS Geological Research Activities with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Hazards projects
(Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Landslides)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory provides real-time assessment for volcano and earthquake hazards located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and entire Island of Hawaii through numerous interactions with National Park, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and public officials. The Park uses this information to insure visitor and employee safety and to provide unique visitor experiences of active volcanism. Geologic mapping on Mauna Loa provides the Fish and Wildlife Service with detailed age dating of hundreds of substrate lava flows for studies of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna and for archeological studies of colonization. The distribution of ’a’â and pâhoehoe has been used to find the elusive seabird ’U’au, the Hawaiian petrel.

James P. Kauahikaua, jimk@usgs.gov

http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/

Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project

The overarching objective of the project is to increase resiliency to natural hazards by incorporating the needs of the southern California decision-making community into natural hazards science in new and existing research activities. The natural hazards being investigated in this project include earthquakes, floods, wildfires, landslides, coastal erosion, and tsunamis. The USGS will work with collaborators in setting the direction of future research and to apply the results of scientific research to loss reduction. Partners include State, county, city, and public lands government agencies (including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management), public and private utilities, companies with a significant impact and presence in Southern California, academic researchers, FEMA, NOAA, and local emergency response agencies.

Lucile M. Jones, jones@usgs.gov

http://urbanearth.gps.caltech.edu/

Geologic landscape and coastal assessments projects
(National Cooperative Geologic Mapping, Coastal and Marine Geology)

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Coastal Watershed Restoration

This project has three objectives:

  1. Advise managers of other DOI agencies (including Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and National Park Service) on specific watershed issues related to human activities such as impact of dams or dam removal on downstream river, estuarine, and marine environments and habitats.
  2. Use dams, artificial floods, dredging operations, and other human activities to conduct large-scale sediment transport experiments to learn how to predict sediment transport more accurately at the interface between rivers, estuaries, and marine settings.
  3. To conduct research on problems of interests to managers other government agencies in settings along the river/sea/estuarine interface.

The locations of active work are: Elwha River, Colorado River, San Francisco Bay, Tomales Bay, and Matilija Creek/Ventura River.

David Rubin, drubin@usgs.gov

http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/research/projects/watershed.html

Geology of Parks and Federal Lands of the Southwest

The project supports DOI land management agencies in its resource management and preservation of cultural, biologic, hydrologic, and geologic feature. The DOI bureaus rely on the USGS for basic geologic research and geologic inventories and maps. These data inform managers on issues such as geologic controls on groundwater, soils, and vegetation, erosion of cultural sites, geologic hazards, and biological habitat characterization. In addition to the National Park Service, USGS geologic maps and data bases are used by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and local organizations such as municipalities, ranchers, and private resource managers.

George Billingsley, gbillingsley@usgs.gov

http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/

Integrated Geologic Studies of Coral Reefs: Impacts from Land-based Pollution and Sea Level Rise

This Project addresses two broad research objectives both derived from a series of workshops and publications:

  1. To better understand the behavior of sediment on coral reefs, including its delivery pathways, residence time, processes of transport on the reef, and effect on corals and other organisms.
  2. To evaluate the effect of the projected rapid sea-level rise on coral reef communities.

This project provides critical information to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and has received funds from the National Park Service for sea-floor mapping and submarine groundwater discharge studies.

Michael E. Field, mfield@usgs.gov

http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/research/projects/coralreefs.html

Multi-Disciplinary Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound

An interdisciplinary project that coordinates, integrates, and links USGS studies with Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Projectgoals and objectives. Current studies have three themes:

The primary focus within these themes is to develop information that benefits the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on the physical, chemical, and biological processes–as well as human dimensions–associated with the restoration or rehabilitation of the nearshore environment. Puget Sound partners and citizens will receive USGS results through databases, geospatial models and analyses, technical reports, and formal publications. As the Puget Sound Partnership expands the scope of Puget Sound problem-solving, USGS stands ready to provide the necessary scientific foundation for decisionmakers.

David Oppenheimer, open@usgs.gov

http://puget.usgs.gov/

USFWS - Subsurface Salinity Mapping

The USGS is utilizing terrain conductivity measurements to map the subsurface salinity for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bruce D. Smith, bsmith@usgs.gov

Resources projects
(Minerals)

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Geochemical and isotope studies of the evolution of ore deposits and technology transfer

Geochemical and isotope studies will be the basis for development of scientifically defensible strategies for assessing the mineral resources in the U.S. and worldwide, for predicting the potential environmental impact of exploitation, and for remediating the consequences of mining. The knowledge acquired in these studies is not specific to mineral resources and can be applied to a broad spectrum of societal relevant issues. Among these issues are the relation between hydrothermal alteration and landslides, the controls of cyanide degradation in ore processing, accidental spills and heaps undergoing closure, and the relation of life cycle mineral resources processes to water quality and human health. In addition, this knowledge can be applied to study of ecosystems and plant and animal ecology. The USGS has been invited to submit a proposal to the Bureau of Land Management National Science and Technology Center pertaining to cyanide research. In addition, cooperative studies were conducted with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on grizzly bears in the Kuskokwim Mountains of Alaska.

Robert O. Rye, rrye@usgs.gov

http://crustal.usgs.gov/projects/isotopes/index.html

Mancos Shale Landscapes: Science and Management of Black Shale Terrains (a Regional Partnership Project)

A cooperative project with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other land-management agencies such as the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other stakeholders to better understand black shale terrains and aid in land-use management. Project activities are an outgrowth of the BLM-USGS cooperative project, "Developing Coordinated Science Activities in Support of Land Management in the Mancos Shale Badlands of the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. "

Richard I. Grauch, rgrauch@usgs.gov

http://minerals.cr.usgs.gov/projects/mancos_shale/

USFWS - Subsurface Salinity Mapping

The USGS is utilizing terrain conductivity measurements to map the subsurface salinity for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bruce D. Smith, bsmith@usgs.gov

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