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Science Highlights

Winter Weather in California Keeps CAWSC Field Crews Busy

27 January 2017

It’s been a wet and snowy winter so far throughout much of California. For many Californians, that means keeping dry inside, avoiding dangerous roads, and listening closely for the rare clap of thunder. For field crews at the U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science Center (CAWSC), however, wet weather means piling on safety gear and chasing storms to make real-time high-flow and flood measurements at swollen rivers, creeks, and waterways throughout the state.


California Flood Preparedness Week

27 October 2016

This week is California Flood Preparedness week, and local, state, and federal agencies are reminding Californians to be aware and be prepared for potential potential flooding hazards as we enter the rainy season.


USGS Science Goes Overseas

30 September 2016

Bonjour from Paris! Randall (Randy) Hanson, a long-time Research Hydrologist with the California Water Science Center, delivered a keynote speech today at an international science workshop in Paris, France. Hanson discussed how water managers can apply the USGS-developed groundwater-flow model, MODFLOW-OWHM, to better understand and manage water resources. Scientists use MODFLOW to investigate and model the complex movement of groundwater and surface water both in California, and in groundwater basins across the world.


A Day in the Life: Groundwater Sampling in Jurupa Valley

09 September 2016

It's 6 a.m. The buzzing of an alarm clock marks the start of another day in the field for California Water Science Center scientists Mike Wright, David Dillon, and Josh Johnson. The scientists rub the sleep out of their eyes, wolf down breakfast from the motel lobby, and hit the road. By 7 a.m., the temperature is already approaching 80 degrees and climbing in Jurupa Valley – and it's only April.


Research Opportunities at Federal Agencies on the Sacramento State Campus

02 September 2016

The first presentation in the Geology-Ecology-Environmental Science Colloquium Series for Fall 2016 will be held on Tuesday, September 6 at 4:30pm in Mondocino 1015 on the Sacramento State campus.



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