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Field manual for identifying and preserving high-water mark data

September 26, 2017

This field manual provides general guidance for identifying and collecting high-water marks and is meant to be used by field personnel as a quick reference. The field manual describes purposes for collecting and documenting high-water marks along with the most common types of high-water marks. The manual provides a list of suggested field equipment, describes rules of thumb and best practices for finding high-water marks, and describes the importance of evaluating each high-water mark and assigning a numeric uncertainty value as part of the flagging process. The manual also includes an appendix of photographs of a variety of high-water marks obtained from various U.S. Geological Survey field investigations along with general comments about the logic for the assigned uncertainty values.

Publication Year 2017
Title Field manual for identifying and preserving high-water mark data
DOI 10.3133/ofr20171105
Authors Toby D. Feaster, Todd A. Koenig
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2017-1105
Index ID ofr20171105
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization South Atlantic Water Science Center