South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC)

Advanced Capabilities and Research

Our list of advanced capabilities and research projects and topics are listed below (view the list of archived projects for Advanced Capabilities and Research).


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Date published: September 17, 2021
Status: Active

North Carolina Sustainable Rivers Program

In 2002, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers launched a collaborative effort to find more sustainable ways to manage river infrastructure to maximize benefits for people and nature. As of 2021, the Sustainable Rivers Program study area includes 40 rivers, 89 reservoirs, and 10,953 downstream river miles. The USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center and USGS Wetland and...

Date published: December 29, 2017
Status: Active

Chattahoochee River, Georgia BacteriAlert

Background:   How safe is it to swim, wade, and boat in the Chattahoochee River today? For a highly urbanized river such as the Chattahoochee, much of the answer depends on bacteria levels in the water. This website provides "real time" turbidity data, the estimated Escherichia coli (E coli) bacteria count, the most recent E. coli bacteria counts (sample collected each Thursday), and National...

Date published: June 1, 2017

Hydroacoustic Applications: Technological Advancements in the Streamgaging Network

In the mid-1990s, a new technology emerged in the field of inland streamflow monitoring. The South Atlantic Water Science Center is making great use of the acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP). It was originally developed for oceanographic work, but was adapted for inland streamflow measurements. This instrument is transforming the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgaging program.

Date published: February 22, 2017

Geospatial Resources (GIS) for North Carolina

Spatial/GIS data sets for North Carolina are available from numerous spatial data clearinghouses.

Date published: February 6, 2017

USGS Data Delivery Tools

USGS WaterAlert allows users to set notification thresholds for any USGS real-time stream or raingage, water-quality, or groundwater monitoring site and then sends emails or text messages to subscribers whenever the threshold conditions are met, as often as every hour.


Date published: February 1, 2017
Status: Active

Flood-inundation mapping in Tar River Basin, North Carolina

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has created flood-inundation maps for selected streamgage sites in North Carolina. These maps depict the approximate area that would be inundated at selected water levels, ranging from approximately top-of-bank to the maximum observed water level. The inundated areas depicted on these maps are approximate, and accuracy of the maps is a function of the accuracy...

Date published: December 27, 2016

Completed and Archived Projects - Advanced Capabilities and Research, SAWSC

Completed and Archived Projects -Advanced Capabilities and Research, SAWSC

Date published: December 12, 2016
Status: Active

Development of a Guidance Manual for Assessing Scour Using the South Carolina Bridge-Scour Envelope Curves

The primary objective of this project is to develop an integrated procedure for assessing scour potential at riverine bridges in South Carolina utilizing the regional bridge-scour envelope curves developed in the three previous field investigations.