Sound Waves Newsletter - August-September 2019

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USGS leads study of microbiological communities associated with gas hydrate, presents coastal change forecast and pre- and post-storm photos of areas affected by Hurricane Dorian, provides foundation for emergency preparedness wherever and whenever disaster strikes, estimates trillions of cubic feet of natural gas hydrate in Alaska, and more in this August-September 2019 issue of Sound Waves.

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

Cover Story

USGS Scientists Participate in a Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrate Pressure Coring Project
In summer 2019, scientists from the USGS Gas Hydrates Project travelled from Woods Hole to the University of Texas (UT) to lead a deep-biosphere study of the microbiological communities associated with gas hydrate.


Before-and-After Photos Show Coastal Change Caused by Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian coastal change forecast and pre- and post-storm photos documenting coastal change.

USGS Hazard Science – Understanding the Risks is Key to Preparedness
USGS science provides part of the foundation for emergency preparedness whenever and wherever disaster strikes.

USGS Estimates 53.8 Trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas Hydrate Resources in the Alaska North Slope
The Alaska North Slope contains an estimated 53.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas hydrate resources, according to a new assessment by the USGS. This estimate is for the undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas resources stored within gas hydrate formations.

Ten Years of Icy Data Show the Flow of Heat from the Arctic Seafloor
In addition to 10 years of data on the flow of heat in the Arctic ocean seafloor, the USGS and Geological Survey of Canada have published an analysis of that data using modern seismic data.


Recent Fieldwork
This was a busy field season for USGS scientists! They visited numerous locations to collect seawater and sediment samples, and to map beaches, rivers, marshes, and offshore areas. 


Federal Scientists from Three Agencies Meet to Discuss Critical Marine Minerals
Representatives from USGS, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) met face-to-face to discuss their critical marine mineral plans and activities.

News Briefs

Highlighted Coastal and Marine Research News from Across the USGS

Photo Roundup

Highlighted Coastal and Marine Images from Across the USGS


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


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