Sound Waves Newsletter - May 2017

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Scientists prepare for hurricane season with new tools and data, southern California could lose up to two-thirds of its beaches by 2100, real-time public engagement during deep-water remotely operated vehicle dives, PCMSC women’s panel discuss their careers to inspire girls, Sam Johnson is keynote speaker at geological conference in South Africa, and more in this May 2017 issue of Sound Waves. 

The stories in the May 2017 issue of Sound Waves featuring coastal and marine research from across the USGS.

Cover Story

Scientists Prepare for Hurricane Season with New Tools and Data that Advance Forecasting of Storm Impacts

As hurricane season officially begins, scientists with the USGS National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards (NACCH) project are ready to provide scientific information, data, and tools to guide hurricane response and recovery efforts for U.S. shorelines. 

News Briefs

Highlighted Coastal and Marine Research News from Across the USGS


Disappearing Beaches: Modeling Shoreline Change in Southern California

Southern California could lose up to two-thirds of its beaches by 2100, if sea level rises 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters) and human intervention is limited, according to a study conducted at the U.S. Geological Survey and recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research–Earth Surface.


Recent Fieldwork

USGS scientists visited more than 13 locations in the last month, studying methane seeps, mapping beaches with drones, collecting seafloor samples, and much more. 


Real-Time Public Engagement in Deep-Water Remotely Operated Vehicle Dives at Methane Seeps

Outreach activities were a critical component of the remotely operated vehicle research cruise during which USGS scientists teamed with collaborators to explore the seafloor at methane seeps on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic margin aboard the R/V Hugh R. Sharp. 

Scientists Inspiring Students

Several USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center women scientists assembled a panel to discuss their exciting and fulfilling careers at Pacific Elementary School, with the goal of inspiring younger girls to stay engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math, and to pursue these professions.


USGS Seafloor-Mapping Expert Sam Johnson is Keynote Speaker at Geological Conference in South Africa

The geological survey of South Africa invited research geologist Sam Johnson of the USGS PCMSC to participate in a workshop, and conference, held in March 2017 in Pretoria; and Johnson to share his insights as a leader of the California Seafloor Mapping Program. 


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