Sound Waves Newsletter - February-March 2019

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Sea-level rise plus an extreme storm could seriously impact people and property in coastal California, drone equipped with sensor is low-cost way to measure methane escaping from permafrost, USGS provides coastal storm impact computer model training, USGS center in Santa Cruz welcomes two new researchers, and more in this February-March issue of Sound Waves.

The stories in the February-March 2019 issue of Sound Waves

Cover Story

Rising Seas and Storms Could Seriously Damage California's Coast within 30 Years
In less than 30 years the combination of 10 inches of sea-level rise plus an extreme storm along California’s coast could flood more than 150,000 residents and impact over $30 billion in property value. 


USGS Uses Drone to Measure Methane Escaping from Arctic Permafrost: Low-Cost Method Fills Gap in Detection Techniques
The USGS has developed a low-cost technique for making detailed measurements of methane escaping from thawing permafrost in coastal Arctic bluffs.


Recent Fieldwork
USGS scientists visited several coastal and offshore locations, looking for polluted sediment in Washington, monitoring beach changes in California, studying dune restoration in New Jersey, and much more. Here’s a quick overview of some recent fieldwork by our researchers.


Predicting Coastal Storm Impacts: 4th COAWST Model Training
The USGS has been leading the development of a Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere-Waves-Sediment Transport (COAWST) Modeling System.

Staff and Center News

Two New Research Oceanographers at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California
The USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center welcomed two new permanent employees in January 2019: research oceanographers Amy Gartman and Sean Vitousek.

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


Archive of Past Issues (1999 - 2018)