Photo Roundup - February-March 2019

Release Date:

A selection of coastal and marine images from across the USGS.

This article is part of the February-March 2019 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.  

USGS researchers are ready to install moorings in Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Dann Blackwood, Jon Borden, and Steve Suttles of USGS ready to install moorings in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. USGS scientists measure water velocity, water quality, suspended sediment, and many other values to improve computer models of wetland changes in coastal National Park Service units, including Cape Cod National Seashore. Photo credit: USGS, February 15, 2019, public domain.

More: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/whcmsc/science-topics/coastal-wetlands

Dann Blackwood and Jon Borden prepare to drop a current meter overboard from the research boat Muddy Waters

Dann Blackwood and Jon Borden prepare to drop a current meter overboard from the research boat Muddy Waters offshore of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Photo credit: USGS, February 15, 2019, public domain.

More: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/whcmsc/science-topics/coastal-wetlands

Dann Blackwood and Jon Borden inspect a current meter retrieved from the ocean using the research boat Muddy Waters

Dann Blackwood and Jon Borden inspect a current meter retrieved from the ocean using the research boat Muddy Waters near Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Photo credit: USGS, February 15, 2019, public domain.

More: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/whcmsc/science-topics/coastal-wetlands

 Shawn Harrison surveys beach topography using a precision GPS backpack on Twin Lakes State Beach, California

Shawn Harrison surveys beach topography using a precision GPS backpack on Twin Lakes State Beach, California. USGS researchers have measured coastal sediment supply and transport patterns in northern Monterey Bay for five years. Twice each year they survey the coast from Santa Cruz to Moss Landing with a variety of devices. The following photos show the scope of their operations. Photo credit: Andrew Stevens, USGS, March 7, 2017, public domain.

More: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pcmsc/science/coastal-change

Shawn Harrison surveys beach topography using a backpack equipped with precision GPS at Zmudowski State Beach, California

Shawn Harrison surveys beach topography using a backpack equipped with precision GPS at Zmudowski State Beach, California. The fog-shrouded Moss Landing Power Plant looms in the background. Photo credit: Andrew Stevens, USGS, March 9, 2017, public domain.

More: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pcmsc/science/coastal-change

Dan Hoover takes a break near Moss Landing, California

Dan Hoover takes a break near Moss Landing, California. Dan drives the all-terrain vehicle seen behind him to rapidly survey long sections of beach using precision GPS. Photo credit: Andrew Stevens, USGS, March 9, 2017, public domain.

More: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pcmsc/science/coastal-change

Josh Logan operates a drone carrying a precision GPS and special camera to map the shore at Long Beach, Washington

Josh Logan operates a drone carrying a precision GPS and special camera to map the shore at Long Beach, Washington. USGS scientists used the same system for detailed mapping of beaches beside Monterey Bay, California. Photo credit: Shawn Harrison, USGS, August 7, 2017, public domain.

More: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/whcmsc/science/aerial-imaging-and-mapping

USGS researchers adjust a computer controlling video cameras on the roof of the Dream Inn

Gerry Hatcher (left) and Shawn Harrison adjust a computer controlling video cameras on the roof of the Dream Inn, a 10-story hotel overlooking Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz, California. Harrison uses the images to improve understanding and computer modeling of beach processes. Photo credit: Shawn Harrison, USGS, May 12, 2017, public domain.

More: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pcmsc/science/coastal-change

Jackson Currie maps ocean depths using a personal watercraft equipped with precision GPS and sonar near Capitola, California

Jackson Currie maps ocean depths using a personal watercraft equipped with precision GPS and sonar near Capitola, California. Photo credit: Andrew Stevens, USGS, March 9, 2017, public domain.

More: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pcmsc/science/coastal-change

Andrew Stevens runs a personal watercraft rigged with sonar and precision GPS to survey northern Monterey Bay

Andrew Stevens runs a personal watercraft rigged with sonar and precision GPS to survey northern Monterey Bay, California. Photo credit: USGS, March 14, 2017, public domain.

More: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pcmsc/science/coastal-change

USGS researchers stay in radio contact with a personal watercraft operator offshore

Alex Snyder (left) and SeanPaul La Selle stay in radio contact with a personal watercraft operator offshore in order to provide supplies and safety near Moss Landing, California. Photo credit: Shawn Harrison, USGS, March 13, 2017, public domain.

More: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pcmsc/science/coastal-change