Northeast Region Flood Science Capability Team

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The USGS Northeast Region has been an active and competent force in flood-science through (1) maintenance of our streamgaging network to provide timely and accurate data to the National Weather Service, other federal (USACE and FEMA) and state agencies (Emergency Management Agencies), and the public in times of flood emergencies; (2) documentation of major floods; (3) involvement in the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping (FIM) program; (4) research on stream and river flood hydrology and modeling; and (5) development of statistical hydrologic documentation tools. The Northeast Region Flood Science Capability Team will play a leadership role in flood sciences by coordinating, enhancing, and promoting flood-science programs, both riverine and coastal, within the Northeast Region, and working with others from other regions and from other agencies or universities to enhance and develop flood science programs and capabilities in support of USGS national and regional goals.

The Northeast Region hosts Urban LandscapesCoastal Science, and Flood Science Capability Teams.


The Northeast Region Flood Science Capability Team will advance the Northeast Region as a leader in flood-science and decision support programs. The Team will be a resource to assist the Region and its Science Centers to develop and maintain flood-science programs. Specific areas for technical collaboration will include:

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  • Flood Inundation Mapping (FIM) and flood vulnerability modeling
  • Major flood response, including rapid deployment and post-flood documentation activities
  • Fluvial erosion hazards (FEH)
  • Effects of floods on ecosystems
  • Statistical hydrology and flood prediction in a future of non-stationarity
  • Indirect measurements of discharge
  • Data analyses (peak flows and flood frequencies)
  • Streamgage-network evaluation


Major objectives for the Northeast Region Flood Science Capability Team will include:

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  • Develop technical support material, such as training seminars for Northeast Region technical staff
  • Keep Region technical staff aware of flood-science related developments, particularly with FIM, through Webinars and face-to-face meetings
  • Maintain forums for Region WSCs to share technical problems and ideas
  • Build and maintain flood-science program development material for Northeast Region WSCs and assist the Northeast Region Science Advisors with regional program development through technical support 
  • Work with Northeast Region scientists to develop a technical vision for new flood-science work, such as (1) small watershed flood warning and forecast support for the National Weather Service, (2) Region flood “rapid response teams,” and (3) new tools for fluvial erosion hazards; and to integrate flood-science programs into other agency programs, such as FEMA’s RiskMap
  • Interface with USGS Flood Science Teams in the other Regions to draw upon their expertise and foster information exchange
  • Support the Integrated Water Resources Science and Services (IWRSS)
  • Flood Inundation Mapping (FIM) Program and assist the Office of Surface Water by providing technical reviews and testing of new flood-mapping templates, tools, methods, and/or products