News Briefs - October-December 2016

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Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

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    Date published: November 17, 2016

    USGS, NASA Study Finds Widespread Coastal Land Losses from Gulf Oil Spill

    A new USGS-NASA study found widespread shoreline loss along heavily oiled areas of Louisiana's coast after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and compared the erosion from the spill with coastal changes Hurricane Isaac caused in 2012.

    Date published: October 21, 2016

    New Maps from Old Photos: Measuring Coastal Erosion

    U.S. Geological Survey scientists and their coauthors from the California Coastal Records Project have found a way to use historical aerial photographs not just to see evidence of coastal erosion, but to accurately measure how much has occurred over time.

    Date published: October 14, 2016

    After the Storm – Hurricane Matthew and the Floods

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, USGS crews have been collecting the record number of storm-tide sensors deployed prior to the storm and are now determining high water marks, collecting water quality samples, and assessing the impacts of storm surge on south eastern beaches caused by erosion, overwash and inundation.  

    Visit the USGS Hurricane Matthew webpage to learn more. 


    Date published: October 8, 2016

    Record Number of USGS Sensors Deployed for Hurricane Matthew

    The U.S. Geological Survey is using many forms of technology to track and document Hurricane Matthew’s effects on the eastern seaboard. Here is an in-depth look at one of those tools, the storm-tide sensor.

    To learn about storm sensors and see their location, explore the USGS Coastal Change Hazard Portal, or see satellite imagery before and after the storm, visit the USGS Hurricane Matthew page.

    Date published: October 6, 2016

    FL, GA, SC Beaches Face 80-95 Percent Chance of Erosion from Hurricane Matthew

    As the east coast prepares for Hurricane Matthew's arrival, the U.S. Geological Survey uses advanced models to forecast the coastal impacts Matthew could bring.