USGS Storm Tide Sensors: Measuring Coastal Storm Tide and Flooding

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USGS Storm Tide Sensors are specialized scientific instruments used to measure the depth and duration of storm surge during coastal storms. The data these sensors collect before, during and after a storm will help public officials assess storm damage, and improve computer models used to forecast storm surge and coastal change. FEMA and other federal, state and local agencies also use this data to steer relief efforts by pinpointing the areas hardest hit by storm tide flooding.


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Jason Burton, Public Affairs Specialist


[background sound of thunder] Storms. They're a fact of life. When coastal storms, like hurricanes and nor’easters, make landfall the rising waters they bring can cause significant flooding and damage to heavily populated parts of the country. Before, during and after these severe storms the USGS provides critical information that can help save lives and property. One way it does so is by installing networks of specialized storm-tide sensors that measure storm tide and surge. This rapidly moving water is often the greatest threat to people and infrastructure during a coastal storm. The data collected by these sensors is used to fine-tune future storm surge and coastal change forecasts and sometimes to guide recovery efforts, plan evacuation routes, identify areas hardest hit by storm surge, and improve structure designs to increase public safety. USGS Storm-tide sensors play an important role in helping coastal communities weather future storms. [silence]