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Southern California Areal Mapping Project (SCAMP)


To understand geologic controls in southern California on seismic and landslide hazards, ground-water availability, and natural resources.


This project has completed geologic maps of all four National Forests in Southern California. The complex geology of these four very large forests has important bearing on issues related to forest fires and subsequent mudslides. Jeanine Derby, Forest Supervisor with Los Padres National Forest, wrote to the program: """"In the past several years, digital geologic maps provided by [the USGS] for large areas burned by wildfires have helped identify geologic risks as part of burned area emergency rehabilitation (BAER) assessments. Geologic maps?are used by biologists and botanists to help identify areas of potential habitat for threatened and endangered species of plants and animals.""""

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Anticipated Uses:

Hazards (Landslides), Hazards (Earthquakes), Resources (Water)


Australian National University, California Geological Survey, California Polytechnic State University, California State Parks, Desert Research Institute (NV), Eastern Municipal Water District (CA), ExxonMobil Corporation, Joshua Tree National Park (CA), Lehigh University (PA), Los Padres National Forest (CA), Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms (CA), Petroconsultants, Riverside County (CA), San Bernardino County (CA), San Bernardino County Museum (CA), San Bernardino National Forest (CA), San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (CA), San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency (CA), U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S.D.A./ Forest Service, U.S. Marine Corps, University of California, Riverside, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of New Mexico, University of Oregon, University of Redlands (CA)

Project Status:

Past NCGMP Funding

Project Duration:


Duration of NCGMP Funding:


Contact Information:

Project Chief: Douglas M. Morton (Western Earth Surface Processes Team)
Phone: 909-276-6397

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