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Curious--for what purpose are pictures collected and curated?

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  1. Hi Jessica, thanks for the question. Flood pictures can help document high-water marks. There are some great historical photos of the Red River of the North at Fargo, North Dakota, in the late 1800s for example that show how high the water is on a railroad bridge. Multiple lines of evidence can be used to determine the height of the water that can then be used to estimate a flow volume. Photos could also help document surveying efforts used to determine the height of the flood.