Science Center Objects

Ice jams along rivers cause flooding, scouring, injuries and loss of life, and structural and environmental damage; they are a major hazard across the northern United States. Communities need data about ice jam locations and frequencies, as well as information about developing ice jams that might threaten lives and property.

USGS Web Informatics and Mapping is working with the USGS WY-MT Water Science Center to create a mobile-friendly website to enable collection of ice-jam data. They are working to make ice jam data available to the public on online maps, and to enable data to be transferred to the US Army Corps of Engineers Ice Jam Archive. The maps and archive will be useful for understanding ice jam processes and identifying sites that are vulnerable to ice jam flooding and damages. The data can be used in tools to help predict probability of ice jams across the nation.