Sound Waves Newsletter - November-December 2017

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Detailed new USGS study of a Hurricane Sandy-created breach at Fire Island, three new oceanographic time-series datasets released, San Clemente Dam removal field trip to the Carmel River for graduate students, WHCMSC participates in a variety of outreach opportunities, USGS scientists participate in annual SACNAS conference, and more in this November-December 2017 issue of Sound Waves.

The stories in the November-December 2017 issue of Sound Waves

Cover Story

USGS Tracks Evolution of a Fire Island Hurricane-Generated Breach
A new USGS study of a Hurricane Sandy-created opening between the Atlantic Ocean and Great South Bay at Fire Island National Seashore in New York is one of the most detailed scientific examinations ever conducted of the early stages in the life of a barrier-island breach. 

News Briefs

Highlighted Coastal and Marine Research News from Across the USGS


Annual Southern Sea Otter Survey: Despite Small Population Dip, Species Moves a Step Closer to Recovery
According to data released in September by the USGS and partners, the three-year average of the total counts of southern sea otters was down from last year’s high, although it still exceeded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) delisting threshold for a second straight year. 

Data from Three Recent Studies Released in the USGS Oceanographic Time-Series Data Collection
Three new oceanographic time-series datasets were released in the USGS Oceanographic Time-Series Data Collection.


Recent Fieldwork
Last month USGS scientists visited more than 13 coastal and offshore locations—plus one very much onshore location—studying hurricane damage, an underwater earthquake fault, a major western reservoir, and much more.


Graduate Students View Evidence of Carmel River Recovery after First Large Dam Removal in California
On October 14, 2017, geologist Amy East of the USGS and biologist Tommy Williams of the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service led a field trip to the Carmel River for graduate students from the University of California, Berkeley. Sixteen students, enrolled in the course “Restoration of Rivers and Streams,” spent the day learning about the response of the Carmel River to the removal of the San Clemente Dam two years ago. 

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Reaches Out to the Community
The Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) team reaches a broad spectrum of groups and individuals through a variety of outreach opportunities.


USGS Researchers Attend Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) has been the leading multicultural and multidisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) diversity organization in the United States for over 40 years. The annual SACNAS conference is 3 days of elite science, mentoring, training, and cultural activities for all levels of students and scientists of all minority backgrounds and their allies.


Unusual mineral deposits record the unique history of the Arctic Ocean
Little is known about marine mineral deposits in the Arctic Ocean, an ocean dominated by shallow areas of continental shelf and deep basins with limited circulation. USGS scientists and their colleagues have published the first comprehensive paper on this subject, “Deep water ferromanganese-oxide deposits reflect the unique characteristics of the Arctic Ocean,” in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G-cubed).

Recent Publications
List of USGS publications on coastal and marine research


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