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USGS Water Blog [via mefi projects, which has lots more]
posted by aniola (10 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
This is awesome!
posted by rebent at 4:30 AM on September 22, 2022 [1 favorite]

The USGS has a rain gauge about a block away from me and I use the website all the time to look at rainfall. A simple little thing but so, so useful.

Thank you, USGS people! This is all useful and appreciated even though nobody ever tells you that.
posted by JoeZydeco at 7:28 AM on September 22, 2022 [6 favorites]

I just transitioned my email alerts to Nextgen
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 10:14 AM on September 22, 2022 [1 favorite]

It is so nice to hear that our work is appreciated! There is a ton of fantastic stuff that will be coming out over the course of the coming weeks and months from a number of different parts of the USGS water space. My team has been focused for some time on the next generation Water Alert but that has actually meant that we have been basically rebuilding our entire back end system. From there, we can do all kinds of cool things, from stabilizing existing systems to making all new things that are easier to use.

Something else that is pretty cool is that we are launching a new version of the venerable water cycle diagram after months of working with a wide variety of stakeholders, from scientists to teachers to ordinary Americans. it is so cool looking, I can't wait for it to come out.

These changes are also driven by building a remarkably diverse team. Though we can always do better, the recent cluster hires that we have done have resulted in hundreds of applications and ultimately some of the most diverse and multi-talented folks that have ever worked for USGS are now in the division focused on data dissemination and data science.

So in all, thanks, and watch the blog and social media for more cool stuff to come- including additional hiring efforts.
posted by rockindata at 4:05 PM on September 22, 2022 [11 favorites]

Rockindata, please please please make a mefi post when the new water cycle is published
posted by rebent at 5:09 PM on September 22, 2022

I’ll definitely make a new projects post for it!
posted by rockindata at 5:26 PM on September 22, 2022

Scientists say humans may have triggered desertification of the Sahara

I had a history teacher at UC Davis did a study that basically said (if I remember correctly) that blaming desertification on early pastoral communities in the Sahara was colonial nonsense. Wish I remembered the details or logic but I don't.
posted by aniola at 6:28 PM on September 22, 2022

We've diverse flavors of climate denial or minimization like that.. Archeology is always messy but afaik the paper looks reasonable.

In any case, we trees do help prevent desertification via this biotic pump effect, so many places really do become deserts when humans cut down too many tree, and the amazon really is one of them.

It's likely agrivoltaics can provide some related benefits, like higher humidity near the ground, not the same as trees, but helpful anyways.
posted by jeffburdges at 2:40 PM on September 24, 2022

Made a new projects post for the water cycle diagram!
posted by rockindata at 1:45 PM on October 16, 2022 [1 favorite]

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