FLOwPER User’s Guide—For Collection of FLOw PERmanence Field Observations

Open-File Report 2020-1075
Prepared in cooperation with the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management
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The accurate mapping of streams and their streamflow conditions in terms of presence or absence of surface water is important to both understanding physical, chemical, and biological processes in streams and to managing land, water, and ecological resources. This document describes a field form, FLOwPER (FLOw PERmanence), available within a mobile application (app), for standardized data collection of the presence or absence of surface flow in streams. The FLOwPER Database is a publicly available geodataset that can be used for research and management applications. This document provides instructions on how to (1) access and download the FLOwPER field form within the mobile app service, (2) use and complete a FLOwPER field form, and (3) view and download data from the FLOwPER Database.

Suggested Citation

Jaeger, K.L., Burnett, J., Heaston, E.D., Wondzell, S.M., Chelgren, N., Dunham, J.B., Johnson, S., and Brown, M., 2020, FLOwPER user guide—For collection of FLOw PERmanence field observations: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1075, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201075.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • What is a FLOwPER Observation
  • Disclaimers
  • Terms of Use
  • Dependencies
  • Joining FLOwPER as Data Contributor
  • Establish Global Positioning Satellite Connection
  • FLOwPER in Survey123
  • Updating the FLOwPER Field Form in the Survey123 Application
  • Accessing Data in the FLOwPER Database
  • Maps
  • Troubleshooting
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. FLOwPER Quick Guide 2.0
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title FLOwPER user guide—For collection of FLOw PERmanence field observations
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2020-1075
DOI 10.3133/ofr20201075
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Washington Water Science Center
Description Report: vi, 40 p.; Appendix
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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