News Briefs - March 2018

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Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

    This article is part of the March 2018 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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    Date published: March 29, 2018

    New Control Methods Can Help Protect Coral Reefs from Invasive Species

    Honolulu, Hawaii – Control efforts such as the removal of shipwrecks and application of chlorine may help mitigate the damaging effects of corallimorph, which is a type of invasive anemone, on valuable coral reefs in the Central Pacific Ocean, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

    Date published: March 28, 2018

    Tracking the movement of sediment and contaminants from northern California wildfire areas to San Francisco Bay

    USGS research geologist Renee Takesue of the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center collected 20 sediment samples from Sonoma Creek and Napa River north of San Francisco Bay on March 17.

    Date published: March 26, 2018

    Mapping Beach Changes After Devastating Montecito Debris Flows


    During the week of March 26, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will begin four days of mapping selected beaches and the adjacent seafloor in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Results will be compared to surveys from last fall to highlight changes due to winter waves, and to sediment inputs from area streams. 

    Date published: March 20, 2018

    USGS scientists lead investigation of tropical subterranean estuaries in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico!

    USGS scientists lead investigation of tropical subterranean estuaries in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico!

    Date published: March 19, 2018

    New genetic test detects manatees' recent presence in fresh or saltwater

    Environmental DNA picks up traces of the elusive mammals’ saliva, skin, waste, or exhaled breaths.


    Date published: March 14, 2018

    USGS Authors New Report on Seismic Hazard, Risk, and Design for South America

    New seismic hazard and risk assessments can help at-risk communities prepare for future earthquake disasters

    Date published: March 8, 2018

    Modern Perspective on Gas Hydrates

    After lying hidden in sediments for thousands of years, delicate frozen gas structures are in the spotlight for both scientific research and the national interest. These structures, known as gas hydrate, are being investigated by scientists the world over for their possible contributions to the global energy mix, as well as their potential interaction with the environment.

    Date published: March 7, 2018

    USGS Flood Experts Respond to High Water in Central, Northeastern U.S.

    Crews from the U.S. Geological Survey have been in the field for weeks measuring flooding in the Midwest and in the Mississippi River watershed, and more recently flooding and storm tides on the Northern Atlantic coast, as higher temperatures, heavy rain, snowmelt and nor’easters affected numerous states. 

    Date published: March 1, 2018

    USGS Deploys Storm-Tide Sensors in Advance of Nor’Easter

    USGS field crews are deploying storm-tide and wave sensors today from Maine to Delaware to track and study a Nor’easter forecasted to begin tomorrow.

    Date published: March 1, 2018

    Waterbirds at Risk in the Chesapeake Bay

    Scientists investigate the impacts of shoreline armoring

    Date published: February 23, 2018

    USGS in South Korea

     For several years, KIGAM, the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, has hosted an international program for geoscience resources (IS-Geo).  The IS-Geo program draws together federal and private-sector professionals from the international community to discuss a range of specific geoscience and mineral topics.