Alaska Science Center
The Alaska Science Center conducts research and monitoring on a wide variety of hydrological issues affecting streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater in Alaska. We strive to meet the changing needs of those who use our information - from the distribution, availability, and quality of our water resources to topic-oriented research that addresses current hydrological issues.
The Alaska Science Center continuously monitors surface water, groundwater, and water quality parameters across the state. Monitoring sites are operated in cooperation with various local, State, or Federal agencies.
The Alaska Science Center, in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, is researching streambed scour through scour monitoring, hydraulic modeling, and data collection during high flows.
Streamflow data collected by the USGS are used to compute flood frequency, flow duration, low-flow frequency, and streamflow record extension. These estimates are used by water resource planners and managers for designing infrastructure, managing floodplains, and protecting life, property, and aquatic resources.
The Alaska Science Center monitors mass balance at two glaciers in distinct climate regimes in Alaska and conducts research on the linkages between glaciers, ecosystems, and streamflow.
The quantity and quality of streamflow in transboundary watersheds of Southeast Alaska are important to many stakeholders. Development and operation of several mines in Canada have increased the interest in current and future conditions in these watersheds. The USGS Alaska Science Center operates streamflow information stations on the Alsek, Chilkat, Taku, Stikine, and Unuk Rivers.