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Matthew D Petkewich


South Atlantic Water Science Center

Office Phone: 803-750-6171
Fax: 803-750-6181
ORCID: 0000-0002-5749-6356

720 Gracern Road
Columbia , SC 29210-7651

Supervisor: Jimmy M Clark
To address the data and information gap for characterizing coastal drought, a coastal salinity index (CSI) was developed using salinity data (Conrads 2016; Conrads and Darby, 2017). The CSI uses an approach similar to the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI), a readily available drought index that is widely used for monitoring meteorological droughts (McKee and others, 1993). The CSI substitutes total monthly precipitation with monthly mean salinity data to determine the probability of recording a given salinity value in a particular month. The initial investigation demonstrated that the index could be used to delineate short- and long-term drought (saline) and wet (high freshwater inflow) conditions; however,...
These data sets were created in support of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Next Generation Water Observing System (NGWOS) for the Delaware River Basin pilot study (Eberts, Wagner, and Woodside, 2019). The NGWOS utilizes real-time data, improved computational capabilities, and new technologies such as the rapid deployment of unmanned aerial vehicle's (UAV) and autonomous underwater vehicle's (AUV) to provide information on water quantity and quality, in more locations, quickly and efficiently (Eberts, Wagner, and Woodside, 2019). Combined with advanced modeling applications, the NGWOS will be an important tool for water-resource managers and emergency management. Water-quality and bathymetric data were measured...
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the U.S Army Corps of Engineers – Savannah District (USACE - Savannah) and other stakeholders on environmental flow recommendations for the Savannah River since May 2002 and have recently (2015) updated the environmental flow recommendations from 2003. Analysis of the flow data revealed a large amount of flow variability on sub-daily basis in the reach of the Savannah River from the Augusta Shoal downstream to the New Savannah Lock and Dam. The sub-daily flow variability affects sustaining suitable habitat during critical periods to promote fish spawning of robust redhorse, shad, and Atlantic sturgeon. The cause of the...
Water-quality data for the Bushy Park Reservoir near Goose Creek, South Carolina, from September 2013 to May 2015. Data includes the chemical, physical, and biological properties that influence (1) geosmin and 2-methyisobornel (MIB) occurrence in this source-water reservoir, (2) cyanobacterial biovolumes, and (3) geosmin-producing and toxin-producing genera of cyanobacteria. This data release supports the following publication: Conrads, P.A., Journey, C.A., Petkewich, M.D., Lanier, T.H., and Clark, J.M., 2018, Characterization of water quality in Bushy Park Reservoir, South Carolina, 2013–15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5010, 175 p.,
The sustainability of coastal water resources is being affected by climate change, sea level rise, and modifications to land use and hydrologic systems. To prepare for and respond to these drivers of hydrologic change, coastal water managers need real-time data, an understanding of temporal trends, and information about how current and historical data compare. Coastal water managers often must make decisions based on information pieced together from multiple sources because the available data and tools are scattered across various databases and websites; to aid coastal water managers, a website that consolidates data from multiple organizations and provides statistical analysis of hydrologic and water quality data...
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