Urban hydrology—Science capabilities of the U.S. Geological Survey

Fact Sheet 2016-3023
Northeast Region Urban Landscape Capabilities Team
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Urbanization affects streamflow characteristics, coastal flooding, and groundwater recharge. Increasing impervious areas, streamflow diversions, and groundwater pumpage are some of the ways that the natural water cycle is affected by urbanization. Assessment of the relations among these factors and changes in land use helps water-resource managers with issues such as stormwater management and vulnerability to flood and drought. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have the expertise to monitor and model urban hydrologic systems. Streamflow and groundwater data are available in national databases, and analyses of these data, including identification of long-term streamflow trends and the efficacy of management practices, are published in USGS reports.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2016, Urban hydrology—Science capabilities of the U.S. Geological Survey: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3023, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163023.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Urban hydrology—Science capabilities of the U.S. Geological Survey
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2016-3023
DOI 10.3133/fs20163023
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Maryland Water Science Center
Description 2 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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