Sound Waves Newsletter - April-May 2019

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Coral reefs provide flood protection, new Aleutian tsunami evidence, sea turtle scientists head back to the field after Hurricane Michael, and more in this April-May 2019 issue of Sound Waves.

The stories in the April-May 2019 issue of Sound Waves featuring coastal and marine research from across the USGS.


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.

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.


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 are headed back into the field on May 1, the start of nesting season for Florida's sea turtles.

Recent Fieldwork
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.

News Briefs

Highlighted Coastal and Marine Research News from Across the USGS

Photo Roundup

Highlighted Coastal and Marine Images from Across the USGS

Social Media Highlights

Recent USGS Coastal and Marine Social Media Posts


Recent Publications
List of USGS publications on coastal and marine research


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