Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center


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Date published: September 22, 2017

USGS Tidal Network Monitoring Elevated Water Levels Off Hampton Roads

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Jose, visit the USGS Hurricane Jose page at

Date published: September 16, 2017

New Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center Fact Sheet

Check out this fact sheet summarizing what we do at the Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center.

Date published: September 9, 2017

USGS Response to Hurricane Irma

Learn about the science USGS is providing to decision makers before, during, and after Hurricane Irma. Click HERE.

Date published: August 30, 2017

USGS Response to Hurricane Harvey

The U.S. Geological Survey has deployed storm-tide sensors, forecast what coastal change to expect, and is ready to measure the extent of flooding likely to result from this powerful storm, Hurricane Harvey. Click HERE for more information.

Date published: January 18, 2017

Extensometer Drilling in Virginia

Deep drilling in eastern Virginia will evaluate past effects of groundwater pumping, land subsidence, and relative sea-level rise. Future injection of water is expected to add pressure, expand the aquifer, and raise the land surface.

Date published: October 9, 2016

USGS Crews Measure Flooding in NC, SC, GA and FL

Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they measure flooding or retrieve storm-tide sensors?

- In North Carolina, contact Jeanne Robbins,, 919-571-4017 

- In South Carolina, contact John Shelton,, 803-767-5542

- In Georgia contact Brian McCallum,, 678- 924-6672

- In Florida contact Richard Kane,, 813-918-1275

Date published: October 8, 2016

Record Number of USGS Sensors Deployed for Hurricane Matthew

The U.S. Geological Survey is using many forms of technology to track and document Hurricane Matthew’s effects on the eastern seaboard. Here is an in-depth look at one of those tools, the storm-tide sensor.

To learn about storm sensors and see their location, explore the USGS Coastal Change Hazard Portal, or see satellite imagery before and after the storm, visit the USGS Hurricane Matthew page.

Date published: June 27, 2016

USGS teams are in the field tracking Virginia and West Virginia floodwaters

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists as they measure flooding? Please contact Shaun Wicklein at or 804-399-9929. 

Date published: June 17, 2016

New Tide Gauges Installed Along Virginia Beach’s Coastline

Virginia Beach residents and local emergency managers have a new tool to monitor storm tides and flooding this hurricane season with the installation of 10 new tide gauges by the U.S. Geological Survey.