The Nevada Water Science Center is planning for the future by developing new approaches and innovative ways to meet the critical need for sound, objective scientific information. The questions asked by policy makers are more complex than in the past and typically involve more than one area of scientific expertise: water quantity and quality assessments are essential for evaluating ecosystem health and sustainability; predictive hydrologic models are key to evaluating future responses of the water cycle to climate change; water resource assessments are instrumental to policy makers for clearly weighing the competing energy alternatives and evaluating the environmental cost for energy development; accurate, real-time streamflow data continues to safeguard people during flood events; and advances in water-quality monitoring techniques have resulted in detection of emerging and other drinking-water contaminants that pose a risk to public health.
Our current research to meet the need for sound, objective scientific information is listed below by area.
Studies for which the funding period has ended are listed on the Completed Studies page.These projects may still be publishing or releasing data. The links to publications or any other information is available on each individual study page. Studies completed prior to 2014 are not available from our website.
About NVWSC Science
The USGS has been collecting water-resources data in Nevada since 1889. Since that time, the NVWSC has been responsible for providing reliable, impartial, and timely information needed to understand Nevada's water resources.
The foundation of our science is our staff. At the NVWSC, our staff is as diverse as the science we study. We have over 70 scientists including hydrologists, modelers, physical scientists, geographers, and hydrologic technicians. We also have more than 20 support staff.
USGS publications can be searched through the USGS Publications Warehouse.In addition to all the latest USGS publications, the publications warehouse team has scanned thousands of older USGS publications into PDF files. These PDF files are accessible through the search feature of the publications warehouse.
Maps and Geospatial Data
USGS offers several map products: printed maps,
Aerial photos and Satellite Images
USGS has many different kinds of imagery from LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) to Astrogeology images: Available Data.
Studies for which the funding period has ended are available on the completed studies page. These projects may still be publishing or releasing data. The links to publications or any other information is available on each individual study page available here: Completed Studies