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Friday, May 17th, 2013

Inundation of Ukutia Displayed in Satellite Imagery

A high resolution image of the inundation area of the 1st Neryuktyainsk village of Olekminsky Region of Yakutia was received. The EROS B satellite image (resolution 0.7 m) was received on May 14 using UniScan ground stations network of ScanEx Research & Development Center. The data was promptly submitted to the Russian EMERCOM.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Warmer Springs Causing Loss of Snow Cover throughout the Rocky Mountains

Warmer spring temperatures since 1980 are causing an estimated 20 percent loss of snow cover across the Rocky Mountains of western North America, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey. The new study builds upon a previous USGS snowpack investigation which showed that, until the 1980s, the northern Rocky Mountains experienced large snowpacks

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Mapping Scotland’s Watercourses to Manage Flood Risk and Enhance Water Science

National mapping authority Ordnance Survey, has released a new product which maps watercourses across Scotland including the highlands and islands, to help local authorities manage flood risk effectively and reduce the impact of flooding incidents. OS MasterMap Networks – Water Layer will be used to improve scientific understanding of water flows and water quality reporting

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Decades-old Nitrate Found to Affect Stream Water Quality

USGS hydrologic researchers have found that the movement of nitrate through groundwater to streams can take decades to occur. This long lag time means that changes in the use of nitrogen-based fertilizer (the typical source of nitrate) — whether the change is initiation, adjustment, or cessation — may take decades to be fully observed in

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Canada Invests in Water Infrastructure for Farm and Ranch

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $65 million over five years for the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP).

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

USGS Continues to Provide Critical Flood Information

As lingering spring rains soak eastern Iowa, crews from the U.S. Geological Survey continue efforts to make sure the streamgaging network is providing basic scientific information needed by water-resource managers and the community.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

62% of People Incorrectly Believe that Rivers Pose the Greatest Flooding Threat to UK Homes

New survey by flood report service, RiskCentral, reveals a lack of awareness around the issue of surface water flooding. The flood risk report service, RiskCentral.co.uk, has just published the results of their consumer survey concerning the risk posed by different types of floods.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Helping to Preserve Water Resources around Wichita, Kansas with New Groundwater Model

A new model to better describe groundwater changes and chloride movement in the Equus Beds aquifer, a primary water-supply source for the Wichita, Kansas area, has been completed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Wichita.

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

U.S. Soils Data Added to World Water Online

The World Water Online (WWO) group in the ArcGIS Resource Center has 12 new web map applications based on the SSURGO soil survey database. These apps show soil characteristics that are useful for hydrologic modeling, such as drainage class, available water storage, water table depth, and ponding frequency. The hydrologic group code, which classifies soils

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

USGS Measures Record Flooding in Illinois

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding on rivers and streams across most of Illinois. At least ten USGS streamgages in Illinois that have more than 20 years of record, have measured the highest flood levels ever recorded. More record levels are expected as flooding moves downstream. USGS crews are expected to track

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