News Briefs - June-July 2017

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Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

    This article is part of the June-July 2017 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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    Date published: July 12, 2017

    USGS: Louisiana’s Rate of Coastal Wetland Loss Continues to Slow

    Lack of Major Hurricanes Since 2008 Is Likely the Main Reason

    Date published: July 11, 2017

    Huge landslide on California’s Big Sur coast continues to change

    The Mud Creek landslide on California’s Big Sur coast keeps eroding.

    Date published: June 22, 2017

    Lessons from a Tsunami Could Help Protect Seabirds in the Face of Rising Seas

    Sudden flooding hit islands of global importance for Pacific birds highlighting threats and opportunities for conservation planning

    Date published: June 21, 2017

    USGS publishes a new blueprint that can help make subduction zone areas more resilient

    Subduction zone events pose significant threats to lives, property, economic vitality, cultural and natural resources and quality of life. The tremendous magnitudes of these events are unique to subduction zones, and they can have cascading consequences that reverberate around the globe.

    Date published: June 6, 2017

    Scientists Discover New Species of Fijian Iguana

    Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, The National Trust of Fiji and NatureFiji-MareqetiViti have discovered a new species of banded iguana.

    Date published: June 6, 2017

    Increased Sea Ice Drift Puts Polar Bears on Faster Moving Treadmill

    A new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wyoming found that increased westward ice drift in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas requires polar bears to expend more energy walking eastward on a faster moving “treadmill” of sea ice.  

    Date published: June 6, 2017

    USGS Bridging Generations with WWII Technology

    On June 6, 1944, thousands of men rained down from the skies onto the battlegrounds of Normandy. After five grueling years of war that shook the globe, D-Day’s victory swept the Allied nations into a wave of celebration.

    Date published: May 25, 2017

    Mapping Chesapeake's Future From Today's Land Use

    USGS’ pixel-by-pixel land use forecasts offer essential road maps for restoration. 

    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: November 22, 2016

    The Fire Island Wilderness Breach: Help or Hindrance?

    When Hurricane Sandy struck the south shore of Long Island, New York, on October 29, 2012, it caused substantial erosion of the beach and dunes. Storm waves cut through Fire Island National Seashore’s wilderness area, forming a breach. The resulting channel allowed water to flow between the Atlantic Ocean and Great South Bay.