Sound Waves Newsletter - June-July 2019

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USGS coastal storm computer modelers team up with EROS Data Center to incorporate more accurate land and coast elevations into their online tool for southern California coastal threats, while USGS teams up with the National Park Service and North Carolina University to develop a tool that inform decisions on Cape Lookout preservation, and more in this June-July 2019 issue of Sound Waves.

The stories in the June-July issue of Sound Waves featuring coastal and marine research from across the USGS.


Coastal Storm Modeling System Relies on Elevation Data Provided by CoNED, EROS
With sea levels rising and storms increasingly threatening their shorelines and cliffs, officials in Southern California face some difficult decisions.

Cape Lookout Research Could Help National Park Managers
Researchers with North Carolina State University, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Park Service collaborated on a decision support model to help with long-term preservation decisions for Cape Lookout National Seashore. 

Very large dead zone forecast for the Gulf of Mexico
NOAA scientists are forecasting this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’ – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – to be approximately 7,829 square miles, or roughly the size of Massachusetts. 

A Tale of Two Drones
Unmanned Aircraft Used to “Sniff” Methane Gas Escaping from Thawing Permafrost

Interactive Data Visualization Tool Allows Us to Explore Fish Use of Eelgrass Habitat in Puget Sound
USGS is conducting research in the Puget Sound as part of the Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound program, an interdisciplinary collaboration to coordinate, integrate, and link USGS studies with the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project.


Recent Fieldwork
In June and July 2019, USGS coastal and marine scientists visited several coastal and offshore locations. Scientists collected coastal elevation data with drones and other GPS equipment, deployed instruments that collect water and sediment data from the ocean and from rivers, 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


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

Archive of past issues of Sound Waves (1999-2018)