Get Real-Time Data

Get Real-Time Data

Get ideas for where to find real-time data.


3 - 12+


Biology, Earth Science, Meteorology

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Keep up with the latest scientific data by accessing research in real-time. Investigate everything from landslide hazards to surface water temperature.

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Air Quality

Check the current air quality around the United States at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website

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Water Temperature

Check real-time surface water temperature in the United States at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) WaterQualityWatch website.

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Water-Level Data

Get real-time stream flow, flood, and drought data at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) WaterWatch website.

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Check a near real-time list of recent earthquakes around the world on the U.S. Geological Survey website. Find data on magnitude and location of earthquakes in the past hour, day, and week.

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Get real-time data on landslide hazards currently being monitored by the U.S. Geological Society (USGS).

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Chesapeake Bay

Get real-time weather and environmental information like wind speed, temperature, and wave height in the Chesapeake Bay through the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS).

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Get real-time estimates of the United States and world populations from the U.S. Census Bureau's U.S. and World Population Clocks.

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Volcano Alerts

Get real-time information on the latest volcano alerts and updates in the U.S. from the U.S. Geological Society (USGS).

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Get real-time water data, including water quality data, daily stream flow conditions, precipitation data, and groundwater data in the United States. Go to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Real-Time Data for the Nation website.

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Last Updated

May 20, 2022

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