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IWS Basins: Observe, Understand, Predict, and Deliver

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Integrated Water Science (IWS) Basins: Observe, Understand, Predict, and Deliver

Each of these science processes—observe, understand, predict, and deliver—are necessary for acquiring reliable and actionable information about water availability. If one process is overlooked, the others are limited. For example, if observing systems are not advanced, understanding is limited as is the ability to build better models for prediction. This is why science integration is critical and why it is a priority at the USGS.


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