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.
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.