USGS Field Scientists Publish Flooding and Drought Alerts
ProjectAlert notifications describe real-time flood, drought or water quality conditions across the country
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released ProjectAlert, which allows users to keep up with USGS scientists as they respond to floods, droughts and chemical spills. These alerts are official, yet informal notices that describe flood, drought or water quality conditions across the country, as well as how USGS field crews are responding to the events.
ProjectAlert notifications are published in real time by a USGS field scientist and let you know when the scientist is:
- Measuring the flows of flooded streams;
- Tracking drought-depleted groundwater;
- Sampling the quality of water in a lake, stream or well;
- Repairing stream gauge or environmental monitoring instruments;
- Deploying storm surge sensors in anticipation of a hurricane; and
- Flagging high water marks to document recent flood flows.
In some cases, these alerts provide an opportunity for media to accompany scientists into the field.
While USGS has used ProjectAlert to send e-mail notifications about extreme hydrologic events to selected officials for years, now they are available to the public. These alerts describe the activities of USGS to obtain and report the hydrologic information urgently needed by water resource managers, forecasters and emergency management officials.
A user can receive RSS notifications for alerts relating to storm surge, state, regional and national notifications. RSS readers that support filtering can be used to restrict postings retrieved by these categories.