News Briefs - September-October 2021

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

    This article is part of the September-October 2021 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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    Date published: October 20, 2021

    Landsat 9 Galleries: Launch Week

    Santa Barbara County, CA, became a hub of Landsat activity in the last week of September 2021. That’s the week Landsat 9 launched into orbit on board an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

    Date published: October 20, 2021

    Scientists from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center will represent USGS at the 50th anniversary of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) conference.

    SPCMSC scientists Kathryn Smith, Alisha Ellis, Karim Alizad, Joseph Terrano, Robert Jenkins, and RC Mickey will be giving virtual presentations at the 26th biennial CERF conference November 1-11.

    Date published: October 18, 2021

    Extreme Rainfall and Flooding Contributes to Sudden Vegetation Dieback in Texas Salt Marsh

    Sudden vegetation dieback events in salt marshes have historically been linked to severe drought, but a new U.S. Geological Survey study reports the first documented example of such an event being triggered by extreme rainfall and flooding.

    Date published: October 6, 2021

    Queen Charlotte Fault Mapping

    The Queen Charlotte Fault is an active strike-slip boundary, similar to California’s San Andreas fault.

    Date published: October 1, 2021

    SPCMSC Researchers Invited to Present on Coastal Vulnerability Assessments Project in Puerto Rico to the Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership

    Coastal Change Hazards scientists Dr. Legna Torres-Garcia and Dr. Donya Frank-Gilchrist of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) were invited to present to the Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership (SCDRP) on coastal vulnerability assessments in Puerto Rico through a focused stakeholder engagement approach.

    Date published: September 29, 2021

    Two CoastCams installed in the Outer Banks for DUNEX project

    Meg Palmsten and Jenna Brown installed two CoastCams towers at Pea Island, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to monitor waves, water levels, and coastal change as part of the DUring Nearshore Event eXperiment (DUNEX) project.

    Date published: September 23, 2021

    Dr. Meg Palmsten will be the guest speaker in COMIT seminar series

    Dr. Meg Palmsten of SPCMSC will discuss forecasting total water levels and coastal change hazards in this month’s virtual Center for Ocean Mapping and Technologies (COMIT) seminar series.

    Date published: September 23, 2021

    SPCMSC scientists publish paper documenting recent historical evolution of the northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana

    SPCMSC geologist Julie Bernier, with co-authors Jennifer Miselis and Nathaniel Plant, published a paper, "Satellite-Derived Barrier Response and Recovery Following Natural and Anthropogenic Perturbations, Northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana," documenting recent historical evolution (since 1984) of this barrier-island system based on analysis of Landsat satellite imagery. 

    Date published: September 23, 2021

    Tampa Bay coastal acidification research featured in EPA National Estuary Program report

    Tampa Bay coastal acidification research conducted by Dr. Kim Yates of SPCMSC was highlighted in the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Estuary Program (NEP) Report, “The National Estuary Program: At the Forefront of Climate Change Adaptation, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience.”

    Date published: September 16, 2021

    Increased Investment in Aquatic Foods Can Reduce Global Food Insecurity and Tackle Malnutrition

    A new Nature publication co-authored by National CASC Fish Biologist Abigail Lynch suggests that aquatic food sources, including fish, shellfish, mollusks, and seaweed, are an under-valued source of micronutrients and fatty acids.

    Date published: September 9, 2021

    USGS staff participating in DUNEX VIP Day at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Field Research Facility

    Jenna Brown and Chris Sherwood of USGS attend a VIP Event to discuss the USGS component of the DUNEX project, a multi-agency study of storm processes in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

    Date published: September 9, 2021

    SPCMSC scientists study effects of beach nourishment on sea turtle nesting activity

    Scientists RC Mickey and Dave Thompson from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center wrap up a season of conducting beach surveys to study influences of beach nourishment on sea turtle nesting.