TUSGS sensors measure coastal storm flooding today’s Video of the Day from the USGS describes specialized instruments used to measure the depth and duration of storm surge.
USGS Storm Tide Sensors collect data before, during, and after a coastal storm to help public officials assess the damage.
The data is also used by FEMA and other agencies to identify the regions which were hit the hardest by storm tide flooding and to direct relief efforts to those areas. USGS sensors measure coastal storm flooding Starting about three days before a coastal storm’s predicted landfall, the USGS begins collecting data that can improve forecasting, guide relief work, and speed up recovery from the powerful storms’ effects. When a major storm threatens to make landfall in the U.S. or its territories, the USGS provides comprehensive scientific capabilities and information that decision-makers, emergency responders and communities can use to help them prepare, cope with and recover from a storm.
In addition, information from the sensors helps improve climate models to better predict storm surge and storm-related coastal changes. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) deployed a temporary monitoring network of water-level and barometric pressure sensors at 224 locations along the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Maine to continuously record the timing.
Video Credit: USGS