News Briefs - April-June 2021

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News Briefs - featuring coastal and ocean science from across the USGS

This article is part of the April-June 2021 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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Date published: June 24, 2021

New SPCMSC publication provides evidence of exceptional coral performance in Dry Tortugas National Park

USGS research published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science reveals differences in coral tolerance to heat stress across Florida Keys reef sites, which can inform partners working on reef restoration.

Date published: June 18, 2021

SPCMSC Research Geologist publishes journal article describing a new multi-century record using clam shells as proxy for northern North Atlantic marine climate

USGS Research Geologist Madelyn Mette led a recent manuscript with coauthors in academia, titled “Persistent multidecadal variability since the 15th century in the southern Barents Sea derived from annually resolved shell-based records.”

Date published: June 11, 2021

SPCMSC scientists travel to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to conduct DUNEX research

SPCMSC Research Geologist Jennifer Miselis and Operations scientist Andy Farmer will conduct a geophysical survey at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Field Research Facility in Duck, NC as part of DUNEX.

Date published: June 11, 2021

SPCMSC Scientists Investigate Shoreface and Shelf Change Offshore of Mid-Atlantic Barrier Islands

SPCMSC scientist Emily Wei and operations personnel Andrew Farmer, BJ Reynolds, and Chelsea Stalk will be collecting high-resolution bathymetric data from the barrier systems of Rockaway, New York, and Seven Mile Island, New Jersey, to study their evolution.

Date published: June 11, 2021

Study shows how beach and dune nourishment can mitigate the long-term impacts of storms and sea-level rise on barrier islands

Research conducted by USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) and NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) assesses the effectiveness of beach and dune nourishment on barrier island morphological resilience.

Date published: June 7, 2021

USGS Publishes a Joint Report with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on Sediment Management Impacts to Barrier Island Systems

On June 1, 2021, USGS and USFWS published a joint report in response to a request from the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources to evaluate the impacts of sediment removal and placement within barrier island systems.

Date published: June 1, 2021

The USGS is Ready to Respond During the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season starts June 1 and runs through November 30, and the U.S. Geological Survey is prepared to provide science that can help guide efforts to protect lives and property if a major storm makes landfall this season. 

Date published: May 24, 2021

Keeping an Eye on Vulnerable Coastal Wetlands

Coastlines can have it pretty rough. Even a beach isn’t always sunshine. Wind and water constantly wear at its edges—and then there are the storms.

Date published: May 18, 2021

Wetland Science at WARC

This month we’re recognizing American Wetlands Month by sharing USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC) wetlands research along the Gulf of Mexico, throughout the Southeast, and around the world.

Date published: May 18, 2021

Project Spotlight: Southeast CASC Project Contributes to Successful Barrier Island Restoration

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Congress directed the Mobile District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair Mississippi barrier islands as a first line of defense against future storms. Nearly a decade later, the Southeast CASC celebrates its involvement in the recent completion of one of the largest civil works projects in the District’s history: the restoration of Ship Island,...