Laura Flight is a Hydrologist for the USGS Water Resources Mission Area.
Laura serves as the Telemetry Coordinator in the Hydrologic Networks Branch, Observing Systems Division. Major duties include to coordinate activities related to telemetered data into the NWIS database, provide technical leadership of telemetry activities and technologies, and modernize the telemetry system. Current efforts are focused on replacing the DECODES software application suite followed by increasing the bandwidth and centralization of the telemetry pipelines. Prior to joining HNB, Laura was hired as a student in 1995 to hold a level rod and cut brush. She was hired full time in 1997 to run surface water/groundwater field trips and compute records, which she did for 18 years. On the side, in 2006 she started teaching surface water records related courses and starting in 2013 she became involved in the Commercial ADAPS Replacement Project (CARP) as a tester, trainer, and product owner. Laura hung up her field waders in 2016 to focus on telemetry work. Laura looks forward to hearing about telemetry related needs from the field.