Real-time Coastal Salinity Index for monitoring coastal drought and ecological response to changing salinity values

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Many coastal areas are experiencing departures from normal conditions due to changing land use and climate patterns, including increased frequency, severity, or duration of floods and droughts, in some cases combinations of the two. To address these issues, the U.S. Geological Survey developed the Coastal Salinity Index (CSI) to identify and communicate fluctuating salinity conditions due to s...

Many coastal areas are experiencing departures from normal conditions due to changing land use and climate patterns, including increased frequency, severity, or duration of floods and droughts, in some cases combinations of the two.  To address these issues, the U.S. Geological Survey developed the Coastal Salinity Index (CSI) to identify and communicate fluctuating salinity conditions due to such disturbance events through quantitative analyses of long-term salinity records.  This project aims to make the CSI broadly useful as a monitoring, forecasting, and decision-making tool, extending the platform to enable real-time reporting of disturbance events as they unfold and covering a larger user base than what existing resources allow. The framework that supports this work addresses the Community for Data Integration theme of producing Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable data by acquiring existing real-time salinity data, integrating into an accessible database, computing gage CSI statistics, and creating and displaying web-based visualization products.