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Image shows USGS scientists in PFDs with an acoustic doppler sensor in a flooded river
May 31, 2018

No one has a crystal ball to foresee what will happen during the 2018 hurricane season that begins June 1, but NOAA forecasters say there’s a 75 percent chance this hurricane season will be at least as busy as a normal year, or busier.

Atlanta News Reporter talks with Fayette County Water System Director
January 9, 2018

Fayette County Georgia, Water System Director, Lee Pope, discusses water management efforts to alleviate issues downstream.

Video link.

Image shows a geologic map of the Lower 48
August 21, 2017

A carbonatite here, a glacial moraine there, a zig-zagging fault or two, even a behemoth of a batholith. The geology of the 50 States is an enormous patchwork of varied forms, beautiful in their variance but challenging to present as a single map.

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Photo of Bird Bands in a Variety of Sizes and Types
Date Published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Bird Banding Laboratory

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

Georgia Environmental Protection Division logo
Date Published: April 30, 2018
Status: Active

Georgia Statewide Water-quality Monitoring Program

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has cooperated with the State of Georgia to monitor water quality throughout the State since 1937. The current Statewide Water-quality Montoring Program is a network of 50 stations across Georgia operated in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GAEPD). Over the years, the temporal and spatial...

heavy mineral sands
Date Published: April 2, 2018
Status: Active

Heavy-Mineral Sand Resources in the Southeastern U.S.

We are assessing the extent of industrial mineral resources hosted by heavy-mineral sands in the coastal plain of the southeastern United States. “Heavy-mineral sands" (HMS) is a term commonly used in industry and geologic literature to describe layered sediments deposited in coastal environments that contain dense (“heavy") minerals of economic value. The heavy minerals extracted from these...

Brazil_USGS
Date Published: March 12, 2018
Status: Active

Brazilian Agencies Partner With USGS On Water Programs

The USGS International Programs Office has intermittentantly collaborated with Brazil's Geological Survey (CPRM) since the early 1970's. With the creation of the Brazilian National Water Agency (ANA), Brazil's hydrologic monitoring network has taken on a higher socioeconomic importance. 

The collaboration...

tential coastal change impacts for Hurricane Matthew - Oct. 7, 2016
Date Published: February 1, 2018
Status: Active

Hurricane Matthew - Forecast and Documentation of Coastal Change

Hurricane Matthew coastal change forecast and pre- and post-storm photos documenting coastal change.

Map of South Atlantic WSC science and field office locations
Date Published: January 24, 2018

Leadership of the South Atlantic Water Science Center

Leadership of the South Atlantic Water Science Center

Oblique aerial photograph near Rodanthe, NC, looking south along the coast on August 30, 2011, three days after landfall of Hurr
Date Published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

National Assessment of Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards

The overall objective is to improve real-time and scenario-based predictions of coastal change to support management of coastal infrastructure, resources, and safety. Research is part of the  National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards project.

coastal vulnerability of sea-level rise map
Date Published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise

This research seeks to objectively determine the relative risks due to future sea-level rise for the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico coasts. Research is part of National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards project. 

Oblique aerial photograph looking to the southwest along the southern end of Cedar Island, Virginia
Date Published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

Long-Term Coastal Change

Goals of this project include developing and improving coastal-change assessments and supporting long-term planning and decision making to ensure sustainable coastal economies, infrastructure, and ecosystems. Research is part of the National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards...

Cliff erosion is a common storm-induced hazard along the West Coast.
Date Published: January 17, 2018
Status: Active

National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards

Research to identify areas that are most vulnerable to coastal change hazards including beach and dune erosion, long-term shoreline change, and sea-level rise.

Cyanobacteria on Mozingo Lake, MO
Date Published: December 29, 2017
Status: Active

Chattahoochee River, Georgia BacteriAlert

Background:   How safe is it to swim, wade, and boat in the Chattahoochee River today? For a highly urbanized river such as the Chattahoochee, much of the answer depends on bacteria levels in the water. This website provides "real time" turbidity data, the estimated Escherichia coli (E coli) bacteria count, the most recent E. coli bacteria counts (sample collected each Thursday), and National...

Diagram of the Water Cycle
Date Published: December 6, 2017
Status: Completed

Research and Investigations

The USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC) is comprised of water-science offices throughout Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The SAWSC conducts research and investigations related to topics such as groundwater and surface-water quality related to anthropogenic and agricultural activities, hydraulic...

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Science Datasets
/data-tools/summary-key-findings-scenario-based-assessment-hurricanes

Key Findings for Scenario-Based Assessment for Hurricanes

summary of key findings for scenario-based assessment for hurricanes
February 14, 2018

Percentage of sandy beaches very likely (probability > 0.9) to experience erosion associated with collision, overwash, and inundation during category 1-5 hurricane landfall.

Web Application
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Oblique Aerial Photography Viewer

Oblique Aerial Photography Viewer
January 19, 2018

Obique photos offer a unique perspective of the coast. Features such as beach erosion or accretion, dune erosion and overwash can all be clearly characterized in this imagery. It also documents coastal infrastructure, as well as the damage that infrastructure may incur as the result of an impacting hurricane. 

Water
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National Water Information System (NWIS)

Application screenshot thumbnail
September 1, 2017

The National Water Information System (NWIS) web application provides access to surface-water, groundwater, water-quality, and water-use data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites across all 50 states.

Real-time Data
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National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper

NWIS-Mapper thumbnail image
August 30, 2017

The National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper provides access to water-resources data at over 1.5 million sites across the U.S., including current and historical data. Users can search by site type, data type, site number, or place.

Web Application
/data-tools/coastal-change-hazards-portal

Coastal Change Hazards Portal

Coastal Change Hazards Portal Interactive Mapper screen grab
August 24, 2017

Interactive access to coastal change science and data for our Nation’s coasts. Information and products are organized within three coastal change hazard themes: 1) extreme storms, 2) shoreline change, and 3) sea-level rise. Each data item represents an individual research product, with some items grouped together as aggregates to show the breadth of the topic and make it easy to explore.

Real-time Data
/data-tools/surface-water-data-south-atlantic-water-science-center-nwisweb

Surface-water data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)

Surface-water data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)
June 6, 2017

Real-time, daily, peak-flow, field measurements, and statistics of current and historical data that describe stream levels, streamflow (discharge), reservoir and lake levels, surface-water quality, and rainfall in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Current Conditions:  Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina
All Surface Water Data:  Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina

Real-time Data
/data-tools/groundwater-data-south-atlantic-water-science-center-nwisweb

Groundwater data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)

Groundwater data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)
June 3, 2017

Data from wells, springs, test holes, tunnels, drains, and excavations in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina; well location data includes information such as latitude and longitude, well depth, and aquifer. Current and historical observations, and daily data are offered.

Current Conditions: Georgia || North Carolina || South Carolina
Historical: Georgia || North Carolina || South Carolina

Real-time Data
/data-tools/water-quality-data-south-atlantic-water-science-center-nwisweb

Water-quality data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)

Water-quality data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)
June 1, 2017

Chemical, physical, and biological properties of water, sediment, and tissue samples from Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Water-quality data are collected as either discrete field measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

Current Conditions:  Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina
Historical:  Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina

Real-time Data
/data-tools/real-time-precipitation-data-georgia-north-carolina-and-south-carolina

Real time precipitation data for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina (NWISWeb)

Real time precipitation data for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
May 29, 2017

Data from rain gages that provide real-time data are relayed to the USGS and are transmitted from each station at intervals of 1 to 8 hours. Real-time data available on these web pages are provisional data that have not been reviewed or edited.

Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina
United States

Real-time Data
/data-tools/real-time-lake-levels-south-atlantic-water-science-center

Lake and reservoir levels, South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)

Real-time lake levels, South Atlantic Water Science Center
May 25, 2017

Real-time water levels and long-term statistics for lakes and reservoirs in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Lake data are collected and stored as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

>> Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina
>> United States

Other
/data-tools/water-use-data-south-atlantic-water-science-center-nwis

Water use data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)

Water use data for the South Atlantic Water Science Center (NWISWeb)
May 22, 2017

Water-use data are collected by area type (state, county, watershed, or aquifer) and source (rivers or groundwater), and category (such as public supply or irrigation). Water-use data has been reported every five years since 1950. The USGS works with local, State, and Federal agencies as well as other organizations to collect and report withdrawals.

Georgia || North Carolina || South Carolina

Real-time Data
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National Water Information System - Web Mapper application (NWISWeb)

National Water Information System - Web Mapper applications
May 21, 2017

This mapper provides access to over 1.5 million sites contained in the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS), including sites where surface-water, groundwater, springs, and atmospheric data has been collected.

Georgia  ||  North Carolina  ||  South Carolina
United States

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Screenshot of Irma water footprint on a map
September 14, 2017

Hurricane Irma, the most intense hurricane observed in the Atlantic in the last decade, approached the west coast of Florida on September 10th, 2017. This animation shows the precipitation and river conditions through time as Irma moved over the southeastern United States.

Map of Augusta Georgia groundwater wells
November 7, 2016

Georgia Augusta Richmond County Groundwater Level Network

North Platte, Nebraska US Topo quadrangle: 2014
September 26, 2016

Network wells depicted on the Climate Response Network location map
Note: Color shading in the table below indicates multiple wells that plot as a single point on the state location map above.
Note: BLS = Water Level in Feet Below Land Surface, RVD = Water Level referenced to a vertical datum

Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, March, 1999.
September 23, 2016

Potentiometric surface - Upper Floridan aquifer, SW Albany, Ga, March 1999

Hurricane Louisiana Coast
September 14, 2016

June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season. Should storms arrive on the Louisiana coast, the people in coastal communities across the State, along with many Federal, State, and local agencies will need to know how the storms are affecting the coastal and low-lying areas.The USGS maintains an extensive network of coastal gages that provides critical time-sensitive water level.

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

USGS Storm-Tide Mapper and Data Services
March 8, 2016

The USGS Storm Tide Mapper is a tool for viewing, analyzing, and accessing storm tide data collected during and after hurricanes and Nor’easters. The USGS Storm Tide Mapper will continue to provide a unified and consistent source of real-time and archived storm-tide data.

Map shows color-coded seafloor character offshore of Monterey, California
March 7, 2016

This portal is a “go to” source for maps related to ocean and coastal mapping. Information is organized by geography or region, by theme, and by the year data was published.

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Year Published: 2017

Groundwater-flow budget for the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in southwestern Georgia and parts of Florida and Alabama, 2008–12

As part of the National Water Census program in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin, the U.S. Geological Survey evaluated the groundwater budget of the lower ACF, with particular emphasis on recharge, characterizing the spatial and temporal relation between surface water and groundwater, and groundwater pumping. To evaluate the...

Jones, L. Elliott; Painter, Jaime A.; LaFontaine, Jacob H.; Sepúlveda, Nicasio; Sifuentes, Dorothy F.
Jones, L.E., Painter, Jaime, LaFontaine, Jacob, Sepulveda, Nicasio, and Sifuentes, D.F., 2017, Groundwater-flow budget for the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in southwestern Georgia and parts of Florida and Alabama, 2008–12: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5141, 76 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175141.

Year Published: 2017

Saltwater intrusion in the Floridan aquifer system near downtown Brunswick, Georgia, 1957–2015

IntroductionThe Floridan aquifer system (FAS) consists of the Upper Floridan aquifer (UFA), an intervening confining unit of highly variable properties, and the Lower Floridan aquifer (LFA). The UFA and LFA are primarily composed of Paleocene- to Oligocene-age carbonate rocks that include, locally, Upper Cretaceous rocks. The FAS extends from...

Cherry, Gregory S.; Peck, Michael
Cherry, G.S., and Peck, M.F., 2017, Saltwater intrusion in the Floridan aquifer system near downtown Brunswick, Georgia, 1957–2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–2010, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171010.

Year Published: 2016

Early life history and spatiotemporal changes in distribution of the rediscovered Suwannee moccasinshell Medionidus walkeri (Bivalvia: Unionidae)

Accurate distribution data are critical to the development of conservation and management strategies for imperiled species, particularly for narrow endemics with life history traits that make them vulnerable to extinction. Medionidus walkeri is a rare freshwater mussel endemic to the Suwannee River Basin in southeastern North America....

Johnson, Nathan A.; Mcleod, John; Holcomb, Jordan; Rowe, Matthew T.; Williams, James D.
Johnson, N.A., McLeod, J.M., Holcomb, J., Rowe, M., and Williams, J.D., 2016, Early life history and spatiotemporal changes in distribution of the rediscovered Suwannee moccasinshell, Medionidus walkeri (Bivalvia: Unionidae): Inter-Research Endangered Species Research, ESR Prepress Abstract, http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/esr00752.

Year Published: 2016

Spatial and temporal assessment of back-barrier erosion on Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia, 2011–2013

Much research has been conducted to better understand erosion and accretion processes for the seaward zones of coastal barrier islands; however, at Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia, the greater management concern is the effect that erosion is having on the resources of the island’s western shoreline, or the back barrier. Catastrophic...

Calhoun, Daniel L.; Riley, Jeffrey W.
Calhoun, D.L., and Riley, J.W., 2016, Spatial and temporal assessment of back-barrier erosion on Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia, 2011–2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5071, 32 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165071.

Year Published: 2016

Selected low-flow frequency statistics for continuous-record streamgages in Georgia, 2013

This report presents the annual and monthly minimum 1- and 7-day average streamflows with the 10-year recurrence interval (1Q10 and 7Q10) for 197 continuous-record streamgages in Georgia. Streamgages used in the study included active and discontinued stations having a minimum of 10 complete climatic years of record as of September 30, 2013. The...

Gotvald, Anthony J.
Gotvald, A.J., 2016, Selected low-flow frequency statistics for continuous-record streamgages in Georgia, 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5037, 20 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165037.

Year Published: 2016

Normal streamflows and water levels continue—Summary of hydrologic conditions in Georgia, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC) Georgia office, in cooperation with local, State, and other Federal agencies, maintains a long-term hydrologic monitoring network of more than 350 real-time, continuous-record, streamflow-gaging stations (streamgages). The network includes 14 real-time lake-level...

Knaak, Andrew E.; Ankcorn, Paul D.; Peck, Michael F.
Knaak, A.E., Ankcorn, P.D., and Peck, M.F., 2016, Normal streamflows and water levels continue—Summary of hydrologic conditions in Georgia, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3016, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163016.

Year Published: 2016

Hydrologic conditions, recharge, and baseline water quality of the surficial aquifer system at Jekyll Island, Georgia, 2012-13

An increase of groundwater withdrawals from the surficial aquifer system on Jekyll Island, Georgia, prompted an investigation of hydrologic conditions and water quality by the U.S. Geological Survey during October 2012 through December 2013. The study demonstrated the importance of rainfall as the island’s main source of recharge to maintain...

Gordon, Debbie W.; Torak, Lynn J.
Gordon, D.W., and Torak, L.J., 2016, Hydrologic conditions, recharge, and baseline water quality of the surficial aquifer system at Jekyll Island, Georgia, 2012–13: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1017, 34 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161017.

Year Published: 2016

Effect of wastewater treatment facility closure on endocrine disrupting chemicals in a Coastal Plain stream

Wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) closures are rare environmental remediation events; offering unique insight into contaminant persistence, long-term wastewater impacts, and ecosystem recovery processes. The U.S. Geological Survey assessed the fate of select endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) in surface water and streambed sediment one year...

Bradley, Paul M.; Journey, Celeste A.; Clark, Jimmy M.
Bradley, P.M., C.A. Journey, and J.M. Clark. 2016. Effect of wastewater treatment facility closure on endocrine disrupting chemicals in a Coastal Plain stream. Remediation J. 26(2):9-24. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/rem.21455

Year Published: 2016

Spatial and temporal variation in microcystins occurrence in wadeable streams in the southeastern USA

Despite historical observations of potential microcystin-producing cyanobacteria (including Leptolyngbya,Phormidium, Pseudoanabaena, and Anabaena species) in 74% of headwater streams in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina (USA) from 1993 to 2011, fluvial cyanotoxin occurrence has not been systematically assessed in the...

Loftin, Keith A.; Clark, Jimmy M.; Journey, Celeste A.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Van Metre, Peter C.; Bradley, Paul M.
Loftin, K.A., J.M. Clark, C.A. Journey, D.W. Kolpin, P.C. Van Metre, and P.M. Bradley. Spatial and temporal variation in microcystins occurrence in wadeable streams in the southeastern United States. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/etc.3391

Year Published: 2015

Flood-inundation maps for South Fork Peachtree Creek from the Brockett Road bridge to the Willivee Drive bridge, DeKalb County, Georgia

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 5.3-mile reach of South Fork Peachtree Creek that extends from about 500 feet above the Brockett Road bridge to the Willivee Drive bridge were developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with DeKalb County, Georgia. The flood-inundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood...

Musser, Jonathan W.
Musser, J.W., 2015, Flood-inundation maps for South Fork Peachtree Creek from the Brockett Road bridge to the Willivee Drive bridge, DeKalb County, Georgia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3347, 13 sheets, 10-p. pamphlet, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sim3347.

Year Published: 2015

Flood-inundation maps for Big Creek from the McGinnis Ferry Road bridge to the confluence of Hog Wallow Creek, Alpharetta and Roswell, Georgia

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 12.4-mile reach of Big Creek that extends from 260 feet above the McGinnis Ferry Road bridge to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgage at Big Creek below Hog Wallow Creek at Roswell, Georgia (02335757), were developed by the USGS in cooperation with the cities of Alpharetta and Roswell, Georgia. The...

Musser, Jonathan W.
Musser, J.W., 2015, Flood-inundation maps for Big Creek from the McGinnis Ferry Road bridge to the confluence of Hog Wallow, Alpharetta and Roswell, Georgia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3338, 19 sheets, 10-p. pamphlet, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sim3338.

Year Published: 2015

Groundwater flow in the Brunswick/Glynn County area, Georgia, 2000-04

An existing regional steady-state model for coastal Georgia, and parts of South Carolina and Florida, was revised to evaluate the local effects of pumping on the migration of high chloride (saline) water in the Upper Floridan aquifer located in the Brunswick/Glynn County, Georgia (Ga.) area. Revisions were focused on enhancing the horizontal and...

Cherry, Gregory S.
Cherry, G.S., 2015, Groundwater flow in the Brunswick/Glynn County area, Georgia, 2000–04: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5061, 88 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155061.

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aquarium
March 2, 2018

Atlanta Aquarium, Georgia

This million gallon aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia is home to thousands of saltwater fish, a couple of stingrays, giant grouper, and a whale shark!

September 30, 2017

USGS Hurricane Preparedness

Before a hurricane, USGS Scientists undertake a data collection effort of a grand scale. They install a temporary mobile network of sensors along the coasts to collect additional data on the intensity of storm surge, one of the most dangerous elements of a hurricane. This effort provides critical information that allows various USGS partners and emergency responders to make better informed...

Potential coastal change impacts for Hurricane Irma - Sept. 9, 2017
September 9, 2017

Potential coastal change impacts for Hurricane Irma - Sept. 9, 2017

Screen shot of the Coastal Change Hazards Portal showing potential coastal change impacts during a direct landfall of Hurricane Irma based on NHC Advisory 41, 0800 AM EDT SEPT 9 2017.

May 22, 2017

Image of the Week: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Fire

Image of the Week: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Fire

Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager captures the scene as many acres burn in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Series Description:
"Image of the Week" is a series of videos produced by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center featuring remotely sensed imagery of the Earth's landscapes....

Satellite image showing the fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife.
May 16, 2017

Okefenokee Fire Continues to Burn

A wildfire ignited by lightning in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on April 6, 2017, is persisting into May. Hot, dry weather and extremely dry fuels are making the fire difficult to contain. As of May 22, the blaze, also called the West Mims Fire, had burned 152,478 acres.

Storm waves eroded the dune face causing a steep scarp
October 14, 2016

Oblique aerial photographs at Cumberland Island, Georgia

Location 1: Oblique aerial photographs at Cumberland Island, Georgia. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves eroded the dune face causing a steep scarp (red arrow). The yellow and red arrows in each image point to the same features in both photos.

Storm waves and surge eroded the seaward-most dune
October 14, 2016

Oblique aerial photographs at Sea Island, Georgia

Location 2: Oblique aerial photographs at Sea Island, Georgia. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and surge eroded the seaward-most dune, exposing the marsh platform, and allowing sand to overwash into the marsh. The yellow and red arrows in each image point to the same locations in both photos.

long-term erosion and storm-induced waves and water levels has resulted in shoreline retreat
October 14, 2016

Oblique aerial photographs at Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

Location 3: Oblique aerial photographs at Little St. Simons Island, Georgia. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. A combination of long-term erosion and storm-induced waves and water levels has resulted in shoreline retreat. The red arrow points to the same line of vegetation in both photos, denoting the loss of the seaward-...

Storm waves and currents eroded the sand dunes
October 14, 2016

Oblique aerial photographs at St. Catherines Island, Georgia

Location 4: Oblique aerial photographs at St. Catherines Island, Georgia. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and currents eroded the sand dunes, allowing sand to be transported landward into the marsh. The yellow arrows in each image points to the same features in both photos.

Storm waves and currents overtopped the dunes
October 14, 2016

Oblique aerial photographs at Ossabaw Island, Georgia

Location 5: Oblique aerial photographs at Ossabaw Island, Georgia. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and currents overtopped the dunes allowing sand to overwash into the marsh. The mud from the exposed marsh platform can also be seen along the shoreline. The yellow arrows in each image points to the same features in both photos...

October 7, 2016

USGS Live Video on Hurricane Matthew

This was a Facebook Live Video conducted with USGS Hydrologist, Brian McCallum from the South Atlantic Water Science Center in Norcross, GA. The original URL for this Facebook Live video is at: https://www.facebook.com/USGeologicalSurvey/videos/1179388798773768/

A freshwater spring during normal groundwater levels and during a drought, when groundwater levels had fallen
July 19, 2016

Droughts can affect groundwater levels and freshwater springs..

Comparison of water from an underground spring in Georgia  during non-drought and drought periods.
Radium Springs, Albany, Georgia, USA

Freshwater springs on the land's surface are fed by groudwater findings its way to the surface. But, groundwater levels go up and down depending on the supply of water from precipitation and flow through the ground. During a...

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Image shows USGS scientists in PFDs with an acoustic doppler sensor in a flooded river
May 31, 2018

No one has a crystal ball to foresee what will happen during the 2018 hurricane season that begins June 1, but NOAA forecasters say there’s a 75 percent chance this hurricane season will be at least as busy as a normal year, or busier.

Atlanta News Reporter talks with Fayette County Water System Director
January 9, 2018

Fayette County Georgia, Water System Director, Lee Pope, discusses water management efforts to alleviate issues downstream.

Video link.

Image shows a geologic map of the Lower 48
August 21, 2017

A carbonatite here, a glacial moraine there, a zig-zagging fault or two, even a behemoth of a batholith. The geology of the 50 States is an enormous patchwork of varied forms, beautiful in their variance but challenging to present as a single map.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
January 19, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Southeastern Coastal Plain aquifer system is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
January 19, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the combined Valley and Ridge and Piedmont and Blue Ridge aquifers in the eastern United States is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Hydrologic technician Samantha Kephart.points out a high water mark
October 21, 2016

The heavy rains and storm surge Hurricane Matthew produced caused severe flooding in many parts of the south east, resulting in almost 40 peak flood records. As the flood waters continue to recede from some affected areas, the U. S. Geological Survey will continue its efforts to record this historic flooding. Click here to learn more about the work the USGS has completed for Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane Matthew satellite image that shows the large storm approaching the coastline of Florida.
October 6, 2016

USGS is engaged in research, monitoring, sampling and coastal change forecasting associated with Hurricane Matthew from Florida north up into Virginia.

To learn about storm sensors and see their location, explore the USGS Coastal Change Hazard Portal, or see satellite imagery before and after the storm, visit the USGS Hurricane Matthew page.

USGS
October 6, 2016

As the east coast prepares for Hurricane Matthew's arrival, the U.S. Geological Survey uses advanced models to forecast the coastal impacts Matthew could bring. 

Storm-tide sensor
October 5, 2016

Media interested in going out with USGS field crews deploying sensors please contact:

Florida: Richard Kane, rkane@usgs.gov, 813-918-1275 

Georgia: Brian McCallum, bemccall@usgs.gov, 678- 924-6672

South Carolina: John Shelton, jmshelto@usgs.gov, 803-767-5542

North Carolina: Jeanne Robbins, jrobbins@usgs.gov, 919-571-4017 

Catawba rhododendron blooming at Round Bald, NC
August 11, 2016

“From the mountains to the coast, the southeastern U.S. contains ecosystems that harbor incredible biodiversity. Many of those ecosystems are already highly at risk from urbanization and other human land-use change. Identifying the ecosystems at risk from climate change will help inform conservation and management to ensure we don’t lose that biodiversity.” (Jennifer Constanza, report author)

Map of the 48 contiguous states showing Microcystin concentrations
May 31, 2016

First-of-its-kind survey shows that algal toxins are found nationwide