The U.S. Geological Survey launched a Web site today where the public can access science information to help them in the aftermath of the Southern California wildfires.

The public can find out how to prepare for and protect themselves from flash floods and debris flows, commonly known as mudflows; see satellite imagery of the burned areas; learn about real-time stream-flow/flood information; listen to interviews with scientists; and view a video and photo gallery.

The USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project team is coordinating a post-Southern California wildfire response around four public safety goals - assess and identify debris-flow danger, size and potential flows; estimate flood risk; assess biodiversity and ecological impacts; and assess surface water quality impact on human health.