Be a defender of our great outdoors!

Wildfires are a growing natural hazard in most regions of the United States, posing a threat to life and property, particularly where native ecosystems meet developed areas.  The USGS provides tools and information by identifying wildfire risks, ways to reduce wildfire hazards, providing real-time firefighting support, and assessing the aftermath of wildfires. The goal is to build more resilient communities and ecosystems.


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USGS FAQs Wildfires


Wildfire Hazards—A National Threat


Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination (GeoMAC)


Living with Fire: The USGS Southern California Wildfire Risk Project


Natural Hazards


Post-Wildfire Landslide Hazards

Don't get caught in a landslide!

Landslide monitoring is essential to predicting the behavior of landslides and forecasting which storms can trigger large numbers of landslides. Scientists in the USGS Landslide Hazards Program monitor selected landslides and hillsides in order to learn more about the physical processes that trigger landslides or control their movement.


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FAQs Landslides 


Landslide Hazards Program

Landslide Monitoring

Real-Time Monitoring of Landslides

Real-time Monitoring for Potential Landslides

Landslide Preparedness

Water, water…everywhere!

The USGS investigates the occurrence, quantity, quality, distribution, and movement of surface and underground waters and disseminates the data to the public, State and local governments, public and private utilities, and other Federal agencies involved with managing our water resources.



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FAQs Rivers and Streams

Monitoring Our Rivers and Streams

USGS Water Data for the Nation


Local Water Resources Offices  

USGS Current Water Data for the Nation

Is that an "Earth Selfie"?

The surface of the Earth is changing rapidly, at local, regional, national, even global scales, with significant repercussions for people, the economy, and the environment.  Remote sensing satellites and aircraft monitor the Earth providing information that is broad, precise, impartial, and easily available.  



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USGS Remote Sensing FAQs

Earth As Art 
USGS Land Remote Sensing Program

USGS Land Remote Sensing Program About Us

Land Remote Sensing Program News

Remote Sensing

Land Remote Sensing Program Featured Science Archive

Landsat Missions

No need to blow your top!

Volcanoes are complex natural systems, and understanding a volcano’s behaviors requires the attention of specialists from many science disciplines.  It demands a combination of current knowledge about magma systems, tectonic plate motion, volcano deformationearthquakes, gases, chemistry, volcano histories, processes, and hazards.



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Volcano FAQs

U.S. Volcanoes and Current Activity Alerts

Current Alerts for U.S. Volcanoes

Education = Preparedness, Safety, and Resiliency

This Dynamic Planet

This Dynamic Planet: A Teaching Companion

This Dynamic Earth: the Story of Plate Tectonics