Alabama Water Science Center
FACTS ABOUT ALABAMA
ABOUT THE ALABAMA WSC
USGS IN YOUR STATE
USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.
Water Resources of Alabama
Welcome to the new website for the USGS Alabama Water Science Center!
Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Web page for the water resources of Alabama; this is your direct link to all kinds of water-resource information. Here you'll find information on Alabama's rivers and streams. You'll also find information about ground water, water quality, and many other topics. The USGS operates the most extensive satellite network of stream-gaging stations in the state, many of which form the backbone of flood-warning systems.
USGS Alabama Highlights
StreamStats is a Web-based tool that provides streamflow statistics, drainage-basin characteristics, and other information for USGS streamgaging stations and for user-selected ungaged sites on streams. When users select the location of a streamgaging station, StreamStats provides previously published information from a database. When users select a site on an ungaged stream, StreamStats will determine the drainage-basin boundary for the site, compute a variety of drainage-basin characteristics, and solve regression equations to estimate streamflow statistic for the site. This information is needed by engineers, land and water-resource managers, biologists, and many others to help guide decisions in their everyday work.
StreamStats for Alabama was developed by USGS in cooperation with the following agencies:
U.S. Geological Survey Flood Inundation Mapping Science
Static flood-inundation map libraries consist of maps that have been created in advance of a flood that are ready to be served through the Internet. Each library consists of a set of flood extent and depth maps developed for predetermined stream stage intervals (for example, a map for each one foot of stage). A user can view real-time or forecast stage data from a USGS streamgage or National Weather Service flood forecast point and quickly access the map corresponding to the stage data.
Example: Inundation Mapping, Black Warrior River at Oliver Lock and Dam, AL Courtesy of National Weather Service – Weather Forecast Office, Birmingham, AL.
To learn more about flood-inundation mapping science, please call (334) 395-4120.
The Alabama Water Science Center Publications about Water Resources
Open-File Report 2012-1263
Open-File Report 2011-1102
Scientific Investigations Map 3176
Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5148
Open-File Report 2011-1027
Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5066
Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5012