Coastal Hydrology and Storm Surge
Storm-surge is one of the most powerful and destructive elements of major storm events. Excessively high tides associated with storms can flood and inundate coastal areas, often moving sediment and alteringcoastal landscapes and drainages. USGS provides critical expertise in measuring storm surge and assessingconditions both before and after the storm. Through development of storm tide monitoring networks, data analysis, and data delivery, USGS provides vital information to help coastal communities prepare for and recover from storm surge events.