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Measuring Flash Floods

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Socorro, NM
— February 26, 2021

New Mexicans are no stranger to flash floods. The arroyos around the state often flow during our annual summer monsoon; water quickly collects in dry channels, bringing rock and sediment along with it. Predicting floods in arroyos is still a difficult task: at the Arroyo de los Pinos sediment monitoring station, we are measuring these flows just west of Socorro, NM. Our work expands the knowledge of flash flood hazards in arroyos by measuring the water and sediment that flows through them, paying special attention to what happens when that sediment accumulates in the Rio Grande.

— Kyle Stark, NMT E&ES, PhD candidate