Sound Waves Newsletter - August-September 2016

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USGS helps the Government of India discover large, highly enriched, producible accumulations of natural gas hydrate in the Bay of Bengal, USGS re-evaluates the causes and hazards of South Carolina earthquakes, and more in this August-September issue of Sound Waves.

The stories in the October-December 2016 issue of Sound Waves featuring coastal and marine research from across the USGS.

Research

Large Deposits of Potentially Producible Gas Hydrate Found in Indian Ocean 
USGS News Release, July 25, 2016
This discovery is the result of the most comprehensive gas hydrate field venture in the world to date, made up of scientists from India, Japan, and the United States.

Re-Evaluating the Causes and Hazards of South Carolina Earthquakes
Unlike many other parts of the world where earthquakes occur along boundaries between tectonic plates, South Carolina earthquakes result from the reactivation of ancient geologic structures associated with much older tectonic events such as the building of the Appalachian Mountains and the rifting that opened the Atlantic Ocean.

Fieldwork

Future Fieldwork
USGS scientists plan to visit more than 11 locations in October and November 2016, studying delta sediment, deep sea minerals, greenhouse gases, and much more.

Outreach

Duke TIP Summer Programs Visit USGS
Students from Duke University's Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), a summer program for middle and high school students, visited the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center.

Awards

USGS scientists Elected as AGU Fellows
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) will honor newly elected fellows at the upcoming 2016 Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Meetings

Advanced Model Training for Predicting Coastal Storm Impacts
The USGS has been leading the development of a Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere-Waves-Sediment Transport (COAWST) Modeling system.

Staff and Center News

USGS Research Oceanographer Hosts Visiting Scholars to Collaborate on CFD Modeling of Sand and Oil Agglomerates
USGS oceanographer Soupy Dalyander hosts Master's researcher Melanie Schippers and her advisor from Deltares, Niels Jacobsen.

Publications

Mercury found in birds across western North America
A recent landscape-scale study has documented mercury in birds throughout western North America, identifying hotspots and large-scale ecological attributes that influence mercury exposure and accumulation in birds.

Cape Cod Susceptible to Potential Effects of Sea-Level Rise 
USGS News Release, July 12, 2016
New USGS study highlights Cape Cod's risk to rising sea levels.

Recent Publications
List of USGS publications on coastal and marine research.