In the wake of a storm, local, state, and federal emergency planners needed storm surge elevation data as quickly as possible. These data are used by officials to decide what areas are in the greatest need of assistance and what areas qualify for special designations. To accelerate the pace at which storm surge data can be gathered and released, the US geological survey (USGC) has established a network of coastal water elevation gages that are linked to satellite networks. These data are made available in real-time on the World Wide Web. While Internet access is usually fast and reliable, this process can be augmented by cellular phone, two-way radio, and other data communication techniques.
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Measurements of coastal storm surge by the U.S. Geological Survey
Reston, VA, United States
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Proceedings of the International Symposium on Ocean Wave Measurement and Analysis
Proceedings of the 1997 3rd International Symposium on Ocean Wave Measurement and Analysis, WAVES