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New England Water Science Center Information Sheet
A Decade of Water Science: USGS Helps Assess Water Resources in Afghanistan
For the past decade, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have shared their expertise with the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS) in efforts to build an inventory of Afghanistan’s water resources. A new fact sheet details how these efforts help the country quantify and monitor its water resource.
“This partnership with the Afghanistan Geological Survey and other international agencies is extremely important for Afghanistan,” said Jack Medlin, USGS regional specialist, Asia and Pacific Region. “There’s a broad consensus that water availability is a global issue, and these collaborative efforts created the data collection networks necessary to help quantify water conditions in the region and manage future water supplies.”
A number of success stories were realized during this decade-long partnership.
In 2004, USGS and AGS initiated plans to rebuild Afghanistan’s capacity for various geologic sciences including hydrology. USGS accomplished the goal with teaching scientists from AGS to apply modern techniques for use of global positioning systems, field hydrology, water-quality sampling, and by developing water-resource databases.
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USGS Coastal Storm Surge Monitoring Network
Sensors site locations map interface.
Hurricane Sandy made the East Coast of the United States realize its vulnerability to extreme tidal surges, coastal flooding and possible impacts of climate change on sea levels and weather. Following this devastating event, the US Geological Survey (USGS) received $18.8 million in supplemental funding to better understand coastal flooding, to improve our preparedness for future coastal storms, and to increase the resilience of coastal cities, infrastructure and natural systems.
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Huntington, T.G., and Billmire, M., 2013, Trends in Precipitation, Runoff, and Evapotranspiration for Rivers Draining to the Gulf of Maine in the United States: Journal of Hydrometeorology, v.15, p. 726-743.
Lamborg, C.H., Kent, D.B., Swarr, G.J., Munson, K.M., Kading, Tristan, O’Connor, A.E., Fairchild, G.M., LeBlanc, D.R., and Wiatrowski, H.A., 2013, Mercury speciation and mobilization in a wastewater-contaminated groundwater plume: Environmental Science & Technology, v.47, no. 23, p. 13239-13249.
Joseph D. Ayotte, Marcel Belaval, Scott A. Olson, Karen R. Burow, Sarah M. Flanagan, Stephen R. Hinkle, Bruce D. Lindsey, 2014, Factors affecting temporal variability of arsenic in groundwater used for drinking water supply in the United States. Science of The Total Environment.
Journal Publications archives
Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5113
Mack, T.J., Chornack, M.P., Flanagan, S.M., and Chalmers, A.T., 2014, Hydrogeology and water quality of the Chakari Basin, Afghanistan: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5113, 35 p.
Open–File Report 2013–1296
Taher, M.R., Chornack, M.P., and Mack, T.J., 2014, Groundwater levels in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan, 2004–2013: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1296, 51 p.
Fact Sheet 2014–3068
Mack, T.J., Chornack, M.P., Vining, K.C., Amer, S.A., Zaheer, M.F., and Medlin, J.H., 2014, Water resources activities of the U.S. Geological Survey in Afghanistan from 2004 through 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3068, 6 p.
Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5123
Huntington, T.G., Culbertson, C.W., Fuller, Christopher, Glibert, Patricia, and Sturtevant, Luke, 2014, The relative importance of oceanic nutrient inputs for Bass Harbor Marsh Estuary at Acadia National Park, Maine