Water Priorities for the Nation—The U.S. Geological Survey Next Generation Water Observing System

Fact Sheet 2019-3046
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The challenges of providing safe and sustainable water supplies for human and ecological uses and protecting lives and property during water emergencies are well recognized. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) plays an essential role in meeting these challenges through its observational networks and renowned water science and research activities (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, 2018). Substantial advances in water science, together with emerging breakthroughs in technical and computational capabilities, have led the USGS to develop a Next Generation Water Observing System (NGWOS). The NGWOS will provide real-time data on water quantity and quality in more affordable and rapid ways than previously possible, and in more locations. The data will be served through a modernized USGS National Water Information System that will be coupled to advanced modeling tools to inform daily water operations, decision-making during water emergencies (like floods, droughts, and contaminant spills), assessments of past trends in water quantity and quality, and forecasts of future water availability.

Suggested Citation

Eberts, S.M., Wagner, C.R., and Woodside, M.D., 2019, Water priorities for the Nation—The U.S. Geological Survey Next Generation Water Observing System: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3046, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193046.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Table of Contents

  • NGWOS Design Strategy
  • Emerging and Innovative Technologies
  • Delaware River Basin Pilot
  • Reference Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water priorities for the nation—The U.S. Geological Survey next generation water observing system
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2019-3046
DOI 10.3133/fs20193046
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) WMA - Office of Planning and Programming
Description 2 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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