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Urban hydrology—Science capabilities of the U.S. Geological Survey

April 29, 2016

Urbanization affects streamflow characteristics, coastal flooding, and groundwater recharge. Increasing impervious areas, streamflow diversions, and groundwater pumpage are some of the ways that the natural water cycle is affected by urbanization. Assessment of the relations among these factors and changes in land use helps water-resource managers with issues such as stormwater management and vulnerability to flood and drought. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have the expertise to monitor and model urban hydrologic systems. Streamflow and groundwater data are available in national databases, and analyses of these data, including identification of long-term streamflow trends and the efficacy of management practices, are published in USGS reports.

Publication Year 2016
Title Urban hydrology—Science capabilities of the U.S. Geological Survey
DOI 10.3133/fs20163023
Authors Joseph M. Bell, Amy E. Simonson, Irene J. Fisher
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2016-3023
Index ID fs20163023
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Maryland Water Science Center