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A picture of Wise Lake in Congaree National Park, South Carolina.
October 12, 2017

A recent study led by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Park Service found dozens of contaminants within the protected areas of Congaree National Park in South Carolina.

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.

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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...

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...

Potential coastal change impacts for Hurricane Joaquin - Oct. 4, 2015
Date Published: March 28, 2018
Status: Completed

Hurricane Joaquin - Forecast and Documentation of Coastal Change

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

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 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.

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...

Selected High-Water Marks along Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers, SC
Date Published: October 24, 2017
Status: Active

Collection of High-Water Mark Data at Selected Roadway Crossings To Document October 2016 Flooding in the Pee Dee and Waccamaw River Basins of South Carolina

Hurricane Matthew generated large amounts of rainfall in South and North Carolina during September/October 2016. The South Atlantic Water Science Center, in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, recorded High-Water Marks along selected road crossings, within the Pee Dee and Waccamaw River Basins of South Carolina.

Image: USGS Documents 2015 Western U.S. Drought
Date Published: June 4, 2017
Status: Active

South Atlantic Water Science Center Drought Monitoring

When rainfall is less than normal for several weeks, months, or years, the flow of streams and rivers declines, water levels in lakes and reservoirs fall, and the depth to water in wells increases. If dry weather persists and water-supply problems develop, the dry period can become a drought.

 

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Hurricane Irene, satellite view, NASA
Date Published: May 31, 2017

Hurricane Monitoring Information for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina

Hurricane Information for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Image of storm surge
Date Published: May 20, 2017
Status: Active

South Atlantic Water Science Center Storm-Tide Monitoring

Preventing flood hazards, such as the hurricane induced storm surge, from becoming human disasters requires an understanding of the relative risks floods pose to specific communities and knowledge of the processes by which flood waters rise, converge, and abate. Historically, hurricane-induced storm tides have been documented through measurement of high-water marks left on structures or...

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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
/data-tools/oblique-aerial-photography-viewer

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 showing locations of physiographic provinces and bridge-scour investigation sites in South Carolina.
December 12, 2016

Development of a Guidance Manual for Assessing Scour Using the South Carolina Bridge-Scour Envelope Curves

Figure 1. Location of physiographic provinces and bridge-scour investigation sites in South Carolina.

Map of stream gages in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina area
August 1, 2016

There are 54 streamgage sites collecting 5-minute continuous gage height data in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Network. Of these 54 sites, 44 compute streamflow data as well.

Most sites use line-of-site radios to transmit the data to the USGS within minutes after the data is recorded. These data are loaded in the USGS database and available online soon after.

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.

Map of precipitation gages in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina area
November 21, 2014

There are 72 sites collecting 5-minute interval precipitation data in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Network.

Most sites use line-of-site radios to transmit the data to the USGS within minutes after data is recorded. These data are loaded in the USGS database before the next 5-minute interval and available online soon after.

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Year Published: 2017

Monitoring storm tide and flooding from Hurricane Matthew along the Atlantic coast of the United States, October 2016

IntroductionHurricane Matthew moved adjacent to the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The hurricane made landfall once near McClellanville, South Carolina, on October 8, 2016, as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) deployed a temporary monitoring network...

Frantz, Eric R.; Byrne,, Michael L.; Caldwell, Andral W.; Harden, Stephen L.
Frantz, E.R., Byrne, M.J., Sr., Caldwell, A.W., and Harden, S.L., 2017, Monitoring storm tide and flooding from Hurricane Matthew along the Atlantic coast of the United States, October 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1122, 37 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171122.

Year Published: 2017

Low-flow characteristics of streams in South Carolina

An ongoing understanding of streamflow characteristics of the rivers and streams in South Carolina is important for the protection and preservation of the State’s water resources. Information concerning the low-flow characteristics of streams is especially important during critical flow periods, such as during the historic droughts that South...

Feaster, Toby D.; Guimaraes, Wladmir B.
Feaster, T.D., and Guimaraes, W.B., 2017, Low-flow characteristics of streams in South Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1110, 161 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171110.

Year Published: 2016

Low-flow frequency and flow duration of selected South Carolina streams in the Savannah and Salkehatchie River Basins through March 2014

An ongoing understanding of streamflow characteristics of the rivers and streams in South Carolina is important for the protection and preservation of the State’s water resources. Information concerning the low-flow characteristics of streams is especially important during critical flow periods, such as during the historic droughts that South...

Feaster, Toby D.; Guimaraes, Wladmir B.
Feaster, T.D., and Guimaraes, W.B., 2016, Low-flow frequency and flow duration of selected South Carolina streams in the Savannah and Salkehatchie River Basins through March 2014 (ver. 1.1, November 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1101, 62 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161101.

Year Published: 2016

Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974

The Defense Minerals Administration (DMA), Defense Minerals Exploration Administration (DMEA), and Office of Minerals Exploration (OME) mineral exploration programs were active over the period 1950–1974. Under these programs, the Federal Government contributed financial assistance in the exploration for certain strategic and critical minerals. The...

Frank, David G.
Frank, D.G., 2016, Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1004, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds1004.

Year Published: 2016

Flood-Inundation Maps of Selected Areas Affected by the Flood of October 2015 in Central and Coastal South Carolina

Heavy rainfall occurred across South Carolina during October 1–5, 2015, as a result of an upper atmospheric low-pressure system that funneled tropical moisture from Hurricane Joaquin into the State. The storm caused major flooding in the central and coastal parts of South Carolina. Almost 27 inches of rain fell near Mount Pleasant in...

Musser, Jonathan W.; Watson, Kara M.; Painter, Jaime A.; Gotvald, Anthony J.
Musser, J.W., Watson, K.M., Painter, J.A., and Gotvald, A.J., 2016, Flood-inundation maps of selected areas affected by the flood of October 2015 in central and coastal South Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1019, 81 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161019.

Year Published: 2016

Hydraulic and biochemical gradients limit wetland mercury supply to an Adirondack stream

Net fluxes (change between upstream and downstream margins) for water, methylmercury (MeHg), total mercury (THg), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), and chloride (Cl) were assessed twice in an Adirondack stream reach (Sixmile Brook, USA), to test the hypothesized importance of wetland-stream hydraulic and chemical gradients as fundamental controls on...

Bradley, Paul M.; Burns, Douglas A.; Harvey, Judson; Journey, Celeste A.; Brigham, Mark E.; Murray, Karen

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

Preliminary peak stage and streamflow data at selected USGS streamgaging stations for the South Carolina flood of October 2015

Heavy rainfall occurred across South Carolina during October 1–5, 2015, as a result of an upper atmospheric low-pressure system that funneled tropical moisture from Hurricane Joaquin into the State. The storm caused major flooding from the central to the coastal areas of South Carolina. Almost 27 inches of rain fell near Mount Pleasant in...

Feaster, Toby D.; Shelton, John M.; Robbins, Jeanne C.
Feaster, T.D., Shelton, J.M., and Robbins, J.C., 2015, Preliminary peak stage and streamflow data at selected USGS streamgaging stations for the South Carolina flood of October 2015 (ver. 1.1, November 2015): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1201, 19 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151201.

Year Published: 2014

A guidance manual for assessing scour potential using the South Carolina bridge-scour envelope curves

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, conducted a series of three field investigations of bridge scour in order to better understand regional trends of scour within South Carolina. The studies collected historic-scour data at approximately 200 riverine bridges including measurements of...

Benedict, Stephen T.; Caldwell, Andral W.; Feaster, Toby D.

Year Published: 2011

Assessment of Hyporheic Zone, Flood-Plain, Soil-Gas, Soil, and Surface-Water Contamination at the McCoys Creek Chemical Training Area, Fort Gordon, Georgia, 2009-2010

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Army Environmental and Natural Resources Management Office of the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, Georgia, assessed the hyporheic zone, flood plain, soil gas, soil, and surface water for contaminants at the McCoys Creek Chemical Training Area (MCTA) at Fort Gordon...

Guimaraes, Wladmir B.; Falls, W. Fred; Caldwell, Andral W.; Ratliff, W. Hagan; Wellborn, John B.; Landmeyer, James E.
Assessment of Hyporheic Zone, Flood-Plain, Soil-Gas, Soil, and Surface-Water Contamination at the McCoys Creek Chemical Training Area, Fort Gordon, Georgia, 2009-2010; 2011; OFR; 2011-1267; Guimaraes, Wladmir B. ; Falls, W. Fred ; Caldwell, Andral W. ; Ratliff, W. Hagan ; Wellborn, John B. ; Landmeyer, James E.

Year Published: 2011

Assessment of hyporheic zone, flood-plain, soil-gas, soil, and surface-water contamination at the Old Incinerator Area, Fort Gordon, Georgia, 2009-2010

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Army Environmental and Natural Resources Management Office of the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, Georgia, assessed the hyporheic zone, flood plain, soil gas, soil, and surface-water for contaminants at the Old Incinerator Area at Fort Gordon, from October 2009 to...

Guimaraes, Wladmir B.; Falls, W. Fred; Caldwell, Andral W.; Ratliff, W. Hagan; Wellborn, John B.; Landmeyer, James E.
Assessment of hyporheic zone, flood-plain, soil-gas, soil, and surface-water contamination at the Old Incinerator Area, Fort Gordon, Georgia, 2009-2010; 2011; OFR; 2011-1201; Guimaraes, Wladmir B.; Falls, W. Fred; Caldwell, Andral W.; Ratliff, W. Hagan; Wellborn, John B.; Landmeyer, James E.

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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...

Flooding on Atlantic Avenue in Garden City, SC
September 11, 2017

Flooding on Atlantic Avenue in Garden City, SC

That photo is of Atlantic Avenue in Garden City, South Carolina on September 11.

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.

Storm waves reached the base of the dune, leaving a steep scarp
October 15, 2016

Oblique aerial photographs at Atlantic Beach, South Carolina

Location 6: Oblique aerial photographs at Atlantic Beach, South Carolina. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves reached the base of the dune, leaving a steep scarp. The yellow arrows in each image points to the same features in both photos.

Storm waves and surge overwashed the low elevation dunes
October 14, 2016

Oblique aerial photographs at Pritchards Inlet, South Carolina

Location 1: Oblique aerial photographs at Pritchards Inlet, South Carolina. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and surge overwashed the low elevation dunes depositing sand in the marsh. Changes to the inlet and shoals are likely due to a combination of long term and storm-induced coastal processes. The yellow...

lack of vegetation allowed further erosion and overwash during Hurricane Matthew
October 14, 2016

Oblique aerial photographs at Pritchards Island, South Carolina

Location 2: Oblique aerial photographs at Pritchards Island, South Carolina. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. In the five years between photographs, the line of vegetation has moved landward as trees exposed to saltwater have died. The lack of vegetation allowed further erosion and overwash during Hurricane Matthew. The...

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

Oblique aerial photographs at Edisto Beach, South Carolina

Location 3: Oblique aerial photographs at Edisto Beach, South Carolina. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and surge completely eroded the seaward-most dune and transported a large volume of sand over the road and into the gas station parking lot. The yellow arrows in each image point to the same locations in...

long-term erosion and storm-induced waves resulted in loss of vegetation
October 14, 2016

Oblique aerial photographs at Bull Island, South Carolina

Location 4: Oblique aerial photographs at Bull Island, South Carolina. 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 loss of vegetation. Storm-induced waves and surge caused overwash in areas with no trees. The yellow arrows in each image point to the same...

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

Oblique aerial photographs at Sand Island, South Carolina

Location 5: Oblique aerial photographs at Sand Island, South Carolina. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and currents eroded the low elevation 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.

Corals collected from the base of the Canetrap Formation. The corals are growing on disarticulated oyster and scallop shells.
August 16, 2016

ICW Section Outcrops, S.C., Summer 2016

In July of 2016, a team from the Climate and Land Use Research and Development Program took a trip to South Carolina to study outcrops of the “Canepatch” and “Socastee” formations along the Intra-Coastal Waterway, near Myrtle Beach. The age of these fossiliferous marine units has been controversial for several decades. To re-assess the ages of these formations, fossil coral specimens were...

A nearshore shell hash deposit from the Socastee Formation.
July 28, 2016

ICW Section Outcrops, S.C., Summer 2016

In July of 2016, a team from the Climate and Land Use Research and Development Program took a trip to South Carolina to study outcrops of the “Canepatch” and “Socastee” formations along the Intra-Coastal Waterway, near Myrtle Beach. The age of these fossiliferous marine units has been controversial for several decades. To re-assess the ages of these formations, fossil coral specimens were...

A unit at the base of the Canepatch Formation with many shells encased in dense estuarine clay.
July 28, 2016

ICW Section Outcrops, S.C., Summer 2016

In July of 2016, a team from the Climate and Land Use Research and Development Program took a trip to South Carolina to study outcrops of the “Canepatch” and “Socastee” formations along the Intra-Coastal Waterway, near Myrtle Beach. The age of these fossiliferous marine units has been controversial for several decades. To re-assess the ages of these formations, fossil coral specimens were...

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A picture of Wise Lake in Congaree National Park, South Carolina.
October 12, 2017

A recent study led by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Park Service found dozens of contaminants within the protected areas of Congaree National Park in South Carolina.

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.

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 

As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
June 1, 2016

New USGS models help predict storm effects on beaches

As the 2016 hurricane season opens, weather forecasters, emergency managers and coastal residents have access to tools developed by the U.S. Geological Survey that predict, more precisely than ever, where beach erosion and beachfront flooding will take place during hurricanes and other storms.

 

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

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

USGS science for a changing world logo
March 14, 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey has created 20 new flood inundation maps that can help South Carolinians take steps to prevent or reduce future flood damage in the areas affected by the widespread floods of October 2015.

USGS science for a changing world logo
February 17, 2016

USGS scientists have detected toxins known as microcystins produced by various forms of algae in 39 percent of the small streams assessed throughout the southeastern United States. Their recent study looked at 75 streams in portions of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.