In advance of Hurricane Irene, USGS scientists deployed storm surge sensors along the Eastern Seaboard to measure the height and intensity of the storm surge. Over the next several days, USGS crews will retrieve these sensors and begin to analyze the data. The information will help define the depth and duration of the storm-surge, as well as the time of its arrival and retreat. That information will help assess storm damage, discern between wind and flood damage, and improve computer models used to forecast future floods.
What: Reporters can accompany the USGS crews as they retrieve the storm surge sensors from various locations along the Atlantic coast.
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When/Where: The specific schedules and locations will vary by state depending on flooding and road closures. Contact the state point of contact for more information.
Additional information can be found on the USGS Preparation and Data Collection Activity for Hurricane Irene, 2011 website.
Links and contacts within this release are valid at the time of publication.