News Briefs - January-February 2017

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Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

      This article is part of the January-February  2017 issue of Sound Waves.

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      Date published: February 9, 2017

      Gas Hydrate Breakdown Unlikely to Cause Massive Greenhouse Gas Release

      A recent interpretive review of scientific literature performed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Rochester sheds light on the interactions of gas hydrates and climate.

      Date published: February 8, 2017

      Bigger May Not Be Better When It Comes to Mississippi River Diversions

      New research shows how river diversions may change water quality in estuaries. 

      Date published: January 25, 2017

      Changes in Rainfall, Temperature Expected to Transform Coastal Wetlands This Century

      Changes in rainfall and temperature are predicted to transform wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world within the century, a new study from the USGS and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley concludes.

      Date published: January 11, 2017

      Preparing for the Storm: Predicting Where Our Coasts Are at Risk

      Living in the Outer Banks means living with the power of the sea. Jutting out from North Carolina’s coast into the Atlantic Ocean, this series of sandy barrier islands is particularly vulnerable to damage from major storms. In April 2016, another nor’easter was set to strike, but this time, Dare County officials were approached by their local weather forecaster with a new kind of prediction....

      Date published: January 9, 2017

      Preparing for Tsunami Hazards on Washington’s Pacific Coast

      Hours before Japan was struck by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and the ensuing catastrophic tsunami, John Schelling spoke at a public meeting in the coastal community of Oceans Shores, Washington, about preparing for tsunami hazards. The few dozen people attending the meeting went home that evening and watched in horror as the events in Japan unfolded.

      Date published: December 7, 2016

      Scientific Partnership Aims to Help Shape Safer Coastal Communities

      Coastal zone research projects will help managers protect developed areas' beach dunes, which are vital to resilient communities, ecosystems and economies.