Hurricane Sandy -- Science to support coastal resilience

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Coastal Hydrology and Storm Surge Storm-surge is one of the most powerful and destructive elements of major storm events. Excessively high tides associated with storms can flood and inundate coastal areas, often moving sediment and altering coastal landscapes and drainages. USGS provides critical expertise in measuring storm surge and assessing conditions both before and after the storm. Throug...

Coastal Hydrology and Storm Surge

Storm-surge is one of the most powerful and destructive elements of major storm events. Excessively high tides associated with storms can flood and inundate coastal areas, often moving sediment and altering coastal landscapes and drainages. USGS provides critical expertise in measuring storm surge and assessing conditions both before and after the storm. Through development of storm tide monitoring networks, data analysis, and data delivery, USGS provides vital information to help coastal communities prepare for and recover from storm surge events. View Fact Sheet

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Storm-Surge Data Collection and Delivery

Through a foundational network of surge, wave, and tide sensors the USGS is improving our Nation’s ability to mitigate storm damage and improve early warning of storm impacts, vulnerability, and damages.

A Storm Tide-Monitoring Network with Enhanced Data Analysis Capability

More than 600 sites have been constructed by the USGS for the Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrodynamics (SWaTH) Network. These key multi-scale monitoring stations will enhance water-level collection and data processing for future coastal-flooding events  http://water.usgs.gov/floods/swath/. USGS continues to harden existing gages, and is working with National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to identify gaps in the monitoring network, so that adequate information is available for improved modeling and flood warning during future storms. USGS is also working with other agency partners, like the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to monitor wave attenuation across various landforms at key locations to provide the information needed to strengthen coastal resiliency https://water.usgs.gov/floods/swath/. Existing and new SWaTH Network sites are being integrated into the Short-Term Network (STN) Mapper Application to provide efficient dissemination of collected storm-tide and wave data.

Data and Tools

USGS Flood Event Viewer: Providing Hurricane and Flood Response Data

Timely and easily accessible data are critical to emergency agencies and local emergency responders. This web application portal displays time series information for water elevation, wave height and frequency, and select meteorological data. This mapping application and direct web service makes data immediately available to emergency managers. 

Hurricane Sandy Storm Tide Mapper

The USGS Storm Tide Mapper is a tool for viewing, analyzing, and accessing storm tide data collected during and after hurricanes and Nor’easters. The USGS Storm Tide Mapper will continue to provide a unified and consistent source of real-time and archived storm-tide data.

WaterWatch Flood

View a map of flood and high flow conditions in the U.S. Narrow down your search by selecting a state or water-resource region.

WaterWatch Current Streamflow

View a map of real-time streamflow conditions in the U.S. You are able to compare to historical streamflow data for a day of the year or narrow down your search by selecting a state or water-resource region.

Acoustic Doppler Current Profiling Technology

The use of acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs) from a moving boat is now a commonly used method for measuring streamflow. The technology and methods for making ADCPbased discharge measurements are different from the technology and methods used to make traditional discharge measurements with mechanical meters

Coastal Change Hazards Portal

The USGS has developed a Coastal Change Hazards portal that provides users with direct access to basic and applied research, scientific information, and data on coastal hazards to see, explore, download, and share. Watch the Tutorial Video to get started.

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