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We conduct impartial, multi- and interdisciplinary research and monitoring on a large range of natural-resource issues that impact the quality of life of citizens and landscapes of the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean region.

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Date published: March 28, 2019
Status: Active

Sea Level and Storm Hazards: Past and Present

Sea level and Storm Hazards: Past and Present is a multidisciplinary study of past changes in sea level. Prehistoric shorelines can be used as a baseline for current and future sea level changes under warmer-than-present climate. Emphasis is placed on looking at sea levels during warm periods of the last 500,000 years as well as how base level changes increase the risk of coastal inundation...

Date published: December 19, 2018
Status: Active

Eastern Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has conducted several assessments of undiscovered oil and gas in formations in the Blue Ridge Thrust Belt (5068), Piedmont Province (5069), Atlantic Coastal Plain Province (5070), and the New England Province (5072).  These basins are generally east of the Appalachian Basin...

Date published: November 12, 2018
Status: Active

Geological Investigations of the Neogene

More than a third of the United States population lives in counties directly on the shoreline, making them vulnerable to hazards associated with changing sea level and storm surges associated with hurricanes and severe storms. The geologic record contains many examples of past intervals of warm climate and high sea level. "Geological Investigation of the Neogene" is examining proxy records of...

Date published: October 26, 2018
Status: Active

Blue Ridge and Inner Piedmont Geologic Mapping

The Blue Ridge and Inner Piedmont Geologic Mapping Task (BRIP) is the western focus of geologic mapping and framework studies of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Project. BRIP will conduct modern geologic mapping and geologic framework studies in the Wytheville, Hickory and Boone 30x60-min. sheets. Collectively, the objectives of BRIP are to (1) characterize the geologic framework of the Blue Ridge...

Contacts: Arthur Merschat
Date published: September 27, 2018
Status: Active

Piedmont and Blue Ridge Project

The Piedmont and Blue Ridge Project is a geologic mapping project supported by the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. The Piedmont Blue Ridge Project aims to understand the geologic framework and tectonic evolution of terranes and basins in the Appalachian Piedmont and Blue Ridge, and their significance for water, mineral and energy resources, natural hazards, and engineering/...

Date published: September 20, 2018
Status: Active

Hurricane Florence - Forecast and Documentation of Coastal Change

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

Contacts: Kara Doran
Date published: September 20, 2018
Status: Active

Webinar: Connectivity for Climate Change: Assessing Threats and Identifying Conservation Actions

View this webinar to learn how researchers are examining habitat connectivity as a conservation strategy in the face of climate change.

Contacts: Jen Costanza
Date published: August 1, 2018
Status: Active

Piedmont Geology Along the Southeastern Fall Zone, Virginia and North Carolina

This task within the USGS NCGMP Piedmont-Blue Ridge Project aims to fill the void in geologic map coverage along the Fall Zone in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, and forge strong cooperative ties within the NCGMP by combining resources across all three Program components by supporting DMME and NCGS STATEMAP and UNC–W EDMAP components with targeted geologic mapping and...

Contacts: Mark W Carter
Date published: July 19, 2018
Status: Active

Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has conducted numerous assessments of undiscovered oil and gas in the Appalachian Basin, including studies of the Marcellus Shale. The region extends from Alabama to Maine. The following is an overview of the assessments:

  • 2019 Ordovician Point Pleasant Formation and Utica Shale (FS 2019-3044)
  • 2019
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Date published: July 18, 2018
Status: Active

Flood-Inundation mapping in Georgia, North and South Carolina

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has created flood-inundation maps for selected streamgage sites in Georgia, North and South Carolina. These maps depict the approximate area that would be inundated at selected water levels, ranging from approximately top-of-bank to the maximum observed water level. The inundated areas depicted on these maps are approximate, and accuracy of the maps is a...

Date published: July 12, 2018
Status: Active

River WebCams of the South Atlantic Water Science Center (Georgia, North and South Carolina)

We have installed webcams at a number of locations in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to allow you to view, in real time, the current river-stage conditions. The Georgia and South Carolina cameras allow users to temporarily control the tilt, pan, and zoom. During periods of flooding, the South Atlantic Water Science Center might take control of the camera.

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Date published: June 3, 2017

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

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...

Date published: June 1, 2017

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

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:  ...

Date published: May 29, 2017

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

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  ||  ...

Date published: May 25, 2017

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

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.

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Date published: May 22, 2017

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

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.

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Date published: May 20, 2017

WaterWatch - View streamflow data using maps, graphs, and tables.

WaterWatch is a U.S. Geological Survey Web site that displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States. The real-time information generally is updated on an hourly basis.

Real time streamflow: Georgia ||...

Date published: May 17, 2017

Groundwater Watch - Below Normal Groundwater Levels (GA/NC/SC)

The U.S. Geological Survey has a database/archive of about 850,000 wells across the Nation. A well with below normal groundwater levels is identified when the most recent water-level measurement is in the 24th percentile or lower in the month of measurement over the period of record for the well.

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Date published: May 12, 2017

GroundWater Watch - View groundwater data using maps, graphs, and tables.

WaterWatch is a U.S. Geological Survey Web site that displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States. The real-time information generally is updated on an hourly basis.

Real time streamflow: Georgia || North Carolina || South Carolina || United States
Other WaterWatch streamflow data 

Date published: May 3, 2017

Real-Time Precipitation Network Mapper

Real-time precipitation data is available in our map-driven application for Georgia and North Carolina. You can use a map to select a precipitation-monitoring site and view precipitation amounts for the previous hours and days. A data table shows precipitation at all sites within the state.

Go to the mapper:  Georgia  ||  ...

Date published: May 2, 2017

Rainfall data, maps and resources for Georgia, North and South Carolina

Precipitation data and related rainfall information, for the South Atlantic Water Science Center geographical region (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina).

Date published: April 5, 2017

Shift Adjusted Ratings for Georgia, North and South Carolina Stream Gages

Use the URL below to view the shift-adjusted rating table for any USGS site. Stage-discharge relationships (ratings) are primarily developed from a graphical analysis of multiple streamflow measurements. 

Replace the ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ with a USGS site number.

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Rainfall Distribution Map for Charlotte, NC, 2016 April 30th
April 30, 2016

This map is based on data from more than 70 raingages operated by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County as part of the Flood Information and Notification System (FINS).

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.

Rainfall Distribution Map for Charlotte, NC, 2015 December 29th
December 29, 2015

This map is based on data from more than 70 raingages operated by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County as part of the Flood Information and Notification System (FINS).

Image of North Carolina precipitation map
October 28, 2015

Map of North Carolina rain gages with National Weather Service precipitation overlays.

Rainfall Distribution Map for Charlotte, NC, 2015 August 19th
August 19, 2015

This map is based on data from more than 70 raingages operated by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County as part of the Flood Information and Notification System (FINS).

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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USGS intern James Stonecypher measures Lumber River floodwaters
September 17, 2018

Measuring the Lumber River floodwaters

James Stonecypher measures flood waters from the Lumber River that breached a dam in Lumberton, North Carolina after the passage of Hurricane Florence, Sept. 17, 2018. 

Map of USGS streamgages at or over flood stage in NC Sept. 19, 2018
September 16, 2018

As Florence rains, rivers keep rising, submerging some USGS instrument

A WaterWatch web map shows streamgages in North and South Carolina that approached or exceeded major flood stage EST on September 19, 2018, as the former Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, deluged the states with rain.

USGS scientist takes measurement in a flooded NC creek
September 16, 2018

Working to keep vital flood information flowing in the Carolinas

David Stillwell, USGS hydrologic technician, performs a discharge measurement to help document and forecast flooding caused by Hurricane Florence at Long Creek in Rhyne, North Carolina on Sept. 16. 

 

Image shows a USGS storm tide sensor attached to a pier
September 10, 2018

USGS Storm-Tide Sensor for Hurricane Florence

A USGS storm-tide sensor, deployed in advance of Hurricane Florence's landfall. The sensors are housed in vented steel pipes a few inches wide and about a foot long. They are being installed on bridges, piers, and other structures that have a good chance of surviving the storm.

The information the sensors collect will help define the depth and duration of a storm

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Image shows USGS scientists in PFDs collecting a seismic airgun while at sea
September 6, 2018

Retrieving Seismic Airguns

USGS personnel on the deck of the R/V Hugh R. Sharp during retrieval of seismic airguns.  The streamer that receives the seismic signals generated by the airguns is towed behind the ship and is here shown

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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

Close up of Spodumene
March 23, 2017

Spodumene

Mineral origin: Hallman Beam Mine, Cherryville, NC
Primary mineral commodity: Lithium
Uses: batteries for cell phones, laptops, and electric and hybrid vehicles

Picture of the burned area within the Great Dismal Swamp
March 21, 2017

Great Dismal Swamp Burn Area, March 2017

USGS scientists recently collected peat and lake core samples from the swamp to help reconstruct natural, environmental conditions over the past 12,000 years. 

The USGS is working with the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on this effort. Learn more: https://www2.usgs.gov/climate_landuse/

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Living up to it's name, this picture shows the interior of the Great Dismal Swamp
March 21, 2017

Great Dismal Swamp, March 2017

Centuries of ditching, draining and harvesting resources have greatly altered the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. USGS scientists recently collected peat and lake core samples from the swamp to help reconstruct natural, environmental conditions over the past 12,000 years. This project will help managers understand how this system has changed in order to better manage and

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North Carolina geomorphological features
November 1, 2018

Three statewide datasets were compiled to provide information on geomorphological features in North Carolina. Datasets include state-wide coverages of geomorphon common forms, landscape openness, and slope area index. Datasets were generated from light detection and ranging (lidar) derived digital elevation models at 10 ft. or 30 ft. resolution.

Image of Hurricane Florence preliminary peak stage and streamflow data
October 24, 2018

Preliminary Peak Stage and Streamflow Data at Selected U.S. Geological Survey Streamgaging Stations in North and South Carolina for Flooding Following Hurricane Florence, September 2018

Map shows 10.3.18 flood event viewer data for Hurricane Florence
October 3, 2018

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after #Florence, visit the #USGS Hurricane Florence page at https://www.usgs.gov/florence

Photograph of a sonobuoy launch
September 20, 2018

Data acquired by the U.S. Geological Survey on the U.S. Atlantic Margin in August 2018 reveal new information about the distribution of gas hydrates in the sector stretching from the upper continental slope to deep water areas offshore New Jersey to North Carolina.

This USGS storm-tide sensor was installed Sept. 9 in Dare County, North Carolina, in preparation for Hurricane Florence.
September 10, 2018

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Florence, visit the USGS Hurricane Florence page at https://www.usgs.gov/florence.

This USGS storm-tide sensor was installed Sept. 9 in Dare County, North Carolina, in preparation for Hurricane Florence.
September 10, 2018

Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS crew as they work in the field to install storm-tide sensors before Hurricane Florence’s arrival?

If so, please contact John Shelton for NC and SC at 803-750-6112 or jmshelto@usgs.gov

South Atlantic Water Withdrawals by County, 2015
June 29, 2018

Estimated 2015 water-use data is now available in a variety of formats.
USGS News Release |  USGS Publications (Circular , Fact Sheet
USGS ScienceBase-Catalog  |  National Water Information System (NWIS)
Maps: Freshwater Use 1950 - 2015  |  Water Use by Category/State/County 

Distant view of sandy yellow beach stretching from bottom left to upper right of photo.
November 8, 2017

Coastal communities count on beaches for recreation and for protection from large waves, but beaches are vulnerable to threats such as erosion by storms and flooding. Whether beaches grow, shrink, or even disappear depends in part on what happens just offshore. How do features like shifting sandbars affect waves, currents, and the movement of sand from the beach to offshore and back?

Video - When rivers rise: warning you before the next flood (WCET TV, N.C.)
February 9, 2017

When Rivers Rise: Warning You Before the Next Flood - A video by WECT TV, N.C., produced after Hurricane Matthew, showing USGS scientists demonstrating streamflow measuring techniques and showing "how a USGS streamgage works" and emphasizing the importance of streamgages and the need for measuring streamflow.

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