News Briefs - July-August 2021

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

This article is part of the July-August 2021 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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Date published: August 27, 2021

Exploring the Unknown in the Deep North Atlantic Ocean

Learning more about international waters, or the "high seas," and other unexplored deepwater areas through exploration is critical to ensuring they are collectively and sustainably managed for the good of the planet.

Date published: August 23, 2021

New Research Shows Recreational Fishing Popular During Pandemic Due to ‘Social Fishtancing’

National CASC Research Fish Biologist Abigail Lynch and co-authors analyzed a survey on recreational anglers and found that recreational angling remained a popular activity for many U.S. anglers during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the perceived safety of social fishtancing.

Date published: August 21, 2021

USGS Deploying Storm Tide Sensors From NY to MA for Hurricane Henri

As Hurricane Henri approaches the Northeastern U.S., field crews from the U.S. Geological Survey are installing up to 62 storm tide sensors that will track the hurricane’s effects along the Atlantic coast. The sensors are being installed from Long Island, New York, to Cape Cod, Massachusetts; the exact number is dependent on several factors, including weather and road conditions.

Date published: August 20, 2021

USGS Launches New One-Stop-Shop for Hurricane Information

Hurricanes pose numerous hazards to coastal communities and ecosystems. The USGS has gathered a broad range of expertise on storm-related hazards and research and compiled them into a handy hub of hurricane information.

Date published: August 19, 2021

Predicting Future Walleye Populations in Northern Wisconsin

An article from NPR affiliate WXPR on  the impacts of climate change on declining walleye populations mentions National CASC-funded research. 

Date published: August 19, 2021

Ilsa Kuffner and team finishing coral calcification study funded by the National Park Service in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

A team of scientists from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center will be wrapping up an experiment this week on coral calcification (growth) and restoration feasibility in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Date published: August 18, 2021

Research Spotlight: New Study Explores Nocturnal Nest Breaks and Predation Events for Dabbling Ducks

A new study by USGS scientists, in collaboration with the California Department of Water Resources and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, examined whether female ducks (hens) in Suisun Marsh, California leave their nest at night voluntarily or in response to a predator. They find that most nest breaks at night are initiated by the hen, but a quarter of nest departures are the result...

Date published: August 16, 2021

Video of Rare Birds Breeding on St. Matthew Island, Alaska

A video produced by Andy Johnson with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology highlights collaborative research conducted on St. Matthew Island, in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The video features research by the USGS Alaska Science Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska in 2018 - 2019. The research team focused on surveying McKay's Bunting and the Pribilof Rock Sandpiper.

Date published: August 10, 2021

August is National Water Quality Month

The USGS monitors water quantity and quality on Alaska rivers to provide valuable up-to-date information for water resource planners, engineers, land and natural resource managers. This enables them to design infrastructure, manage floodplains, and protect life, property, and aquatic resources.

Date published: August 9, 2021

Increasing Glacier Runoff Raises Potential Concerns for the Gulf of Alaska

Alaska CASC researches at the University of Alaska Fairbanks found that glacier runoff from one of the largest icefields in North America has been increasing for over three decades.