South Atlantic Water Science Center

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USGS scientists working during the epic September 2009 flood in Georgia. Power Springs Creek (02336870)
Date Published: March 8, 2018
Status: Active

A major element of the USGS mission is the documentation of the extent and magnitude of extreme hydrologic events, like floods and droughts. The South Atlantic Water Science Center is a leader in monitoring extreme water conditions, from droughts and falling groundwater levels to floods and storm-tide surges to water-quality problems.

Selected High-Water Marks along Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers, SC
Date Published: October 24, 2017
Status: Active

Hurricane Matthew generated large amounts of rainfall in South and North Carolina during September/October 2016. The South Atlantic Water Science Center, in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, recorded High-Water Marks along selected road crossings, within the Pee Dee and Waccamaw River Basins of South Carolina.

Rising floodwaters overtopping a local bridge. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hydrologic Network
Date Published: July 6, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been collecting streamflow data in North Carolina for more than 100 years. In the Charlotte and Mecklenburg County area, a hydrologic data-collection network has been established to collect not only streamflow data but also rainfall data. In response to the floods of August 1995 and July 1997, the U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Water Program and...

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Date Published: June 8, 2017

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Photo showing a variety of USGS publications
Date Published: June 7, 2017

The South Atlantic Water Science Center - Georgia Office cooperates with the Georgia Geologic Survey in many hydrologic projects. A number of joint publications have been published over the years.

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Image: USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought
Date Published: June 4, 2017
Status: Active

When rainfall is less than normal for several weeks, months, or years, the flow of streams and rivers declines, water levels in lakes and reservoirs fall, and the depth to water in wells increases. If dry weather persists and water-supply problems develop, the dry period can become a drought.



Diagram of the water cycle with human interaction included.
Date Published: June 1, 2017

The South Atlantic Water Science Center conducts research and investigations related to topics such as groundwater and surface-water quality related to anthropogenic and agricultural activities, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, tracking the movement of groundwater contamination, groundwater resource assessments and modeling, ecological assessments and response to urbanization, and estimating...

Acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) is connected to an onboard computer to measure streamflow.
Date Published: June 1, 2017
Status: Active

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.

Hurricane Irene, satellite view, NASA
Date Published: May 31, 2017
Status: Active

Hurricane Information for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Image of storm surge
Date Published: May 20, 2017

Preventing flood hazards, such as the hurricane induced storm surge, from becoming human disasters requires an understanding of the relative risks floods pose to specific communities and knowledge of the processes by which flood waters rise, converge, and abate. Historically, hurricane-induced storm tides have been documented through measurement of high-water marks left on structures or...

Beach on the Carolina coast at sunrise.
Date Published: May 18, 2017

As one of several national “Focus Area Studies” in the Department of Interior’s WaterSMART initiative, USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center is undertaking a 3-year study of water availability and use to meet competing societal and ecological needs in Southeastern Atlantic Coastal Basins of the Carolinas. The Coastal Carolinas study area includes lower parts of the Pee Dee/Waccamaw River...