Water Resources of the United States
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:01:45 EDT
Summary: USGS has deployed sensors to measure storm-tide surge from Hurricane Isaac.
Hurricane Isaac is projected to cause storm-tide surge along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama. Determination of the timing and magnitude of the storm-tide surge is important for emergency management, disaster recovery, and scientific understanding and modeling of future hurricane storm-tide surge. Current projections for storm-tide surge are as much as 15 feet in selected locations in Louisiana and Mississippi. Over the past 24 hours USGS has deployed 93 sensors, with 12 having real-time capabilities. An additional 20 to 30 sensors are being deployed today, with a subset having real-time capabilities. All crews, per USGS Standard Operating Procedure, will pull back to safe zones around 1:00 PM today. USGS has 14 staff deployed to the field installing the sensors, with an additional 20 staff providing support in various capacities (34 total USGS staff involved at this point in the storm-tide effort). USGS also have scientists involved in forecasting areas of severe beach/shore erosion. To view the locations of the deployed storm-tide sensors, view the storm-tide surge as it happens in near-real time, and learn about other USGS scientific efforts related to Hurricane Isaac, you can visit http://water.usgs.gov/floods/events/2012/isaac/index.php
To go directly to the interactive mapper showing the locations of all storm-tide sensors, the URL is http://184.108.40.206/Apps/IsaacStormSurgeMapper/IsaacStormSurgeMapper.html
Sub-Region: South Atlantic, Central South; Region: Eastern United States, Central United States