News Briefs - April-May 2019

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Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

This article is part of the April-May 2019 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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Date published: May 29, 2019

USGS and NOAA merge collections to create new high-resolution, broad-scale geologic maps of the seafloor

USGS and NOAA collaborate to create high-resolution maps on the Atlantic continental shelf between Delaware and Virginia.

Date published: May 17, 2019

Collaborative research will advance knowledge on coastal erosion hazards of marsh shorelines and the impact of living shorelines

Coastal wetland loss has been well documented and attributed to many factors, including increased shoreline erosion from human activities, sea level rise, and storms. 

Date published: May 13, 2019

A Tale of Two Drones

Unmanned Aircraft Used to “Sniff” Methane Gas Escaping from Thawing Permafrost

Date published: May 9, 2019

Southeast CASC Helps Produce New Study on How Sea Level Rise Affects Birds in Coastal Forests

When saltwater inundates coastal forests as sea levels rise, it kills salt-sensitive trees, leaving "ghost forests" of bare snags behind. A new study from North Carolina State University and the Southeast CASC explores how changes in vegetation affect coastal bird species.

Date published: May 9, 2019

USGS Scientists set out to unlock the mysteries of prehistoric droughts in the Caribbean

Scientists spent the last two weeks collecting sediment cores from Lake Enriquillo, a hypersaline lake in the Western Dominican Republic. The sediment cores will help scientists reconstruct the frequency of Caribbean drought and determine the controls on hydroclimate during the Holocene.

Date published: May 6, 2019

Workshop Helps Coastal Communities Plan for Climate Change

Fourteen representatives from five Alaska tribes traveled to Fairbanks for a three-day knowledge-sharing workshop, hosted by the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center and the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, on a topic they are reckoning with daily: climate change.

Date published: May 3, 2019

New evidence for a roughly 600-year-old tsunami impacting the Hawaiian Islands

In a comprehensive survey of Hawaiian tsunami deposits, USGS scientists from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center and collaborators found evidence for a widespread tsunami striking the islands between 1250 and 1450 CE.

Date published: April 29, 2019

New Study Compiles Gulf of Maine Seasonal Wildlife Timing Shifts

A new study supported by the Northeast CASC suggests researchers could increase observations and use more phenological datasets to understand how marine species are responding to climate change through phenological shifts in the Gulf of Maine and other coastal regions.

Date published: April 24, 2019

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center staff contribute to 4th National Climate Assessment

Ocean and coastal ecosystems in the northeast are being affected by large changes in a variety of climate-related environmental conditions. 

Date published: April 23, 2019

Coupled-Ocean-Atmosphere-Waves-Sediment Transport (COAWST) Modeling System Training

Predicting Coastal Storm Impacts: 4th COAWST Model Training in the James Hunt Library at North Carolina State University, hosted by John Warner, Research Oceanographer of the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center.

Date published: April 19, 2019

How Tribes Are Harnessing Cutting-Edge Data to Plan for Climate Change

Climate change is already damaging Indigenous ways of life. But tribes are adapting.

Date published: April 19, 2019

Optimizing Historical Preservation Under Climate Change: A Pilot Study at Cape Lookout National Seashore

Researchers at the Southeast CASC have developed a tool to better inform managers of climate adaptation plans for the preservation and persistence of cultural and historical resources affected by climate change.