News Briefs - August-September 2020

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Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

This article is part of the August-September 2020 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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Date published: September 18, 2020

USGS Scientists Co-authored Paper on Remote Calibration of Beach Cams

Jenna Brown (MD/DE/DC WSC) and Meg Palmsten (SPCMSC) co-authored a recently-published manuscript describing a new coastal monitoring tool

Date published: September 15, 2020

USGS Scientists Work on Four Tropical Cyclones at Once

Laura and Sally affecting Gulf Coast, waves from Paulette and Teddy to strike Atlantic beaches

To learn more about USGS’s role in providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Sally, visit

Date published: September 14, 2020

National Preparedness Month 2020: Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Natural hazards have the potential to impact a majority of Americans every year.  USGS science provides part of the foundation for emergency preparedness whenever and wherever disaster strikes.

Date published: September 9, 2020

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center- 2019 Annual Report

The 2019 annual report of the U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center highlights accomplishments of 2019, includes a list of 2019 publications, and summarizes the work of the center, as well as the work of each of its science groups. This product allows readers to gain a general understanding of the focus areas of the center’s scientific research.

Date published: August 31, 2020

Coastal Change Hazards Team Releases New Software Tool for Delineating Coastal Cliff Features

SPCMSC Physical Scientist Alexander Seymour and co-authors Cheryl Hapke (University of South Florida College of Marine Science) and Jonathan Warrick (PCMSC) published a USGS Open-File Report and a software tool for delineating features on coastal cliffs.

Date published: August 28, 2020

Hurricane Laura Temporarily Reverses Neches River

As Hurricane Laura came ashore near the Texas and Louisiana borders, its strong winds pushed so much water ahead of it that the Neches River even flowed backwards for a time, according to a USGS streamgage in Beaumont.

Date published: September 1, 2015

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, a time to focus on the threats posed by natural hazards and the importance for individuals and communities to be prepared.