Social Media Highlights - April-May 2019

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A selection of recent USGS coastal and marine social media posts

This article is part of the April-May 2019 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter

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USGS Storm Tide Sensors: Measuring Coastal Storm Tide and Flooding

USGS Storm Tide Sensors are specialized scientific instruments used to measure the depth and duration of storm surge during coastal storms. The data these sensors collect before, during and after a storm will help public officials assess storm damage, and improve computer models used to forecast storm surge and coastal change. FEMA and other federal, state and local agencies also use this data to steer relief efforts by pinpointing the areas hardest hit by storm tide flooding.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nxPJON02waI

 

Recreational Water Quality

People love to play in water. The USGS works to ensure that water in our nation’s streams, lakes, and oceans are suitable for the moments when you just need to jump in.

https://mobile.twitter.com/USGS/status/1133361106636935169

 

Sea Turtle Diseases

Today on World Turtle Day learn about research on sea turtle diseases. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/USGSWILDLIFE/status/1131598231874560003

 

M 9.5 - 1960 Great Chilean Earthquake (Valdivia Earthquake)

The largest earthquake ever recorded, the M 9.5 - Bio-Bio, Chile earthquake happened May 22, 1960. The tsunami created by the earthquake caused severe damage and deaths in Hawaii.

https://mobile.twitter.com/USGS/status/1131186770144575489

 

May is American Wetlands Month

Wetlands are transitional areas, sandwiched between permanently flooded deepwater environments and well-drained uplands. They include mangroves, marshes, swamps, forested wetlands, bogs, wet prairies, prairie potholes, and vernal pools. They often contain more plants and animals and produce more organic material than either the adjacent water or land areas.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxNOazUg_av/

https://mobile.twitter.com/USGS/status/1124336328525647873

 

South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is one of the largest restoration efforts in the United States. The Project is intended to restore and enhance wetlands in South San Francisco Bay.

https://mobile.twitter.com/USGS/status/1125467852042117122

 

Prehistoric Tsunamis in the Hawaiian Islands

Scientists found inland ocean sand deposits from a previously unknown tsunami striking many Hawaii islands about 670 years ago. Local emergency managers could use this research for risk reduction. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/USGSCoastChange/status/112327808906305945

 

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Date published: May 31, 2019

Coral Reef Barriers Provide Flood Protection for More Than 18,000 People and $1.8 Billion Worth of Coastal Infrastructure and Economic Activity Annually

Study helps managers take effective actions to reduce the risk to, and increase the resiliency of, U.S. mainland and U.S. insular coastal communities to flooding and other hazards.

Date published: May 31, 2019

New Tsunami Evidence Along One of Earth’s Largest Faults, the Alaska-Aleutian Megathrust

Recent geological studies of a key section of the Aleutian Island chain of Alaska suggest Aleutian tsunamis may occur more frequently than previously understood.

Date published: May 31, 2019

After Hurricane Devastation, Sea Turtle Scientists Rebound, Help Rebuild

Seven months after their home base in the Florida Panhandle was demolished by Hurricane Michael, U.S. Geological Survey sea turtle researchers were headed back into the field on May 1, the start of nesting season for Florida's sea turtles.

Date published: May 31, 2019

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - April-May 2019

In May 2019, USGS coastal and marine scientists visited several coastal and offshore locations, studying reservoir sediment after a wildfire disaster in California, a new remote-control surveying boat in Massachusetts, hypersaline lake sediments in the Dominican Republic, and much more.

Date published: May 31, 2019

News Briefs - April-May 2019

Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

This article is part of the April-May 2019 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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Date published: May 31, 2019

Social Media Highlights - April-May 2019

A selection of recent USGS coastal and marine social media posts