USGS hydrologists respond to historic hurricane season

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Throughout the historically active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season,USGS hydrologists have been working quickly to collect vital flood and streamflow information in impacted areas.

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Location Taken: Columbia, SC, US

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On screen text: Throughout the historically active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season,USGS water scientists have been working quickly to collect vital flood and streamflow information in impacted areas. [Visual] Wide shot of USGS hydrologic technician on a small boot [Voice over] We'll use some of our latest On Screen Text: Brian Daniels, Hydrologic Technician, USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center 
[Brian] Equipment some of out fanciest equipment to make a streamflow measurement. We call that a ACDP or a Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler [Visual] Brain putting ACDP in Congaree river. Instrument in water floating [Brian] That instrument uses sound to determine water speed as we move along

[Visual] Brian typing on computer in boat, with ACDP floating in water.

[Brian] and we use that flow information to correlate with the water level information from the gage to and we use those develop a relation or a hydrographic curve to, at any one time to be able to tell you how much water should be flowing in the river at a certain level. [Visual] wide shot of boat riding down the river 

[Brian] Streamflow gages are important to many folks. It can be used for a number of different reasons. Primarily it's used for engineering studies, for hydrologic analysis, for highway departments, for government bodies, for flood frequencies and 

[Visual] Close up of USGS sticker on boat 

[Brian] When or if there's a need for an evacuation order. So there's a lot of end users out there that look for this data each day. And are glad that they are able to find it on the endless web or the USGS webpage for South Carolina.