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News Release: North Carolina Storm-Tide Sensor Network Strengthened:

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USGS Storm Sensor Bracket installed at Oriental, NC.
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Vital coastal storm-tide information needed to help guide storm response efforts following major storms affecting North Carolina will be more accessible than ever due to a new monitoring network the U.S. Geological Survey is currently building.

Teams from the USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center are surveying more than 150 locations in North Carolina, determining their elevations and installing receiving brackets at sites that will hold a network of sophisticated sensors that can be installed days-to-hours before a storm makes landfall. Based on the forecasted storm track, a subset of brackets will be selected for sensor deployment. The network, which will include sites from North Carolina to Maine, will dramatically decrease the time it takes to provide FEMA, NOAA and other agencies information they need.

Past sensor deployments involved waiting until there was a fair degree of confidence on where the storm was most likely to make landfall, then quickly deploying numerous crews to install the sensors. Following the storm, crews returned to the sites, not just to retrieve the sensor, but also to determine the sensor’s elevation and conduct GPS surveys to determine the storm-tide elevation and flood extent. Each survey required hours, and with numerous sites to survey, it could take months before the dataset was complete.

With the new network of pre-surveyed locations with pre-installed brackets, the time required to install and retrieve the sensors and process the data will be cut to days.

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Recent Publications

SIR 2015-5001
Low-Flow Characteristics and Flow-Duration Statistics for Selected USGS Continuous-Record Streamgaging Stations in North Carolina Through 2012
By By J. Curtis Weaver
Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5001
SIR 2014-5240
Effect of Land-Applied Biosolids on Surface-Water Nutrient Yields and Groundwater Quality in Orange County, North Carolina
By Chad R. Wagner, Sharon A. Fitzgerald, Kristin Bukowski McSwain, Stephen L. Harden, Laura N. Gurley, and Shane W. Rogers
Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5240
CIRC 1353
The quality of our Nation’s waters—Water quality in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain surficial aquifer system, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia, 1988–2009
By Judith M. Denver, Scott W. Ator, Jeffrey M. Fischer, Douglas C. Harned, Christopher Schubert, and Zoltan Szabo
Circular 1353

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USGS CoreCast: Groundwater Awareness Week is March 6-12
From large drawdowns in the Great Plains aquifer to arsenic in some wells in New England, this episode of CoreCast highlights six different USGS groundwater studies all across the United States, including Wake County in North Carolina. (7.68 Mb)

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