USGS Coastal and Marine Science Centers Represented in Full Force at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 in San Diego

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More than 20 USGS scientists from all three Coastal and Marine Science Centers attended the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 in San Diego February 16-21.

This article is part of the January-March 2020 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

More than 20 USGS scientists from all three Coastal and Marine Science Centers attended the Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego February 16-21. Many of the projects presented were collaborative, cross-center efforts with partners from numerous other agencies and academic institutions. Many USGS representatives attend this meeting biennially to promote the work of USGS, exchange research ideas with other scientists, and network with potential partners from around the world. USGS research topics presented at the meeting included deep-sea and nearshore coral reefs, shoreline and barrier island changes, coastal flood maps, hurricane impacts, estuarine sediment transport, and much more!

Woman on stage presenting at a conference.

Meg Palmsten, research oceanographer from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, presents an eLightning presentation at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020.

(Credit: Jenna Brown, USGS. Public domain.)

Man on stage presenting at a conference.

Tim Nelson, researcher from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, presents an eLightning presentation at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020.

(Credit: Jenna Brown, USGS. Public domain.)

A novel feature of this meeting was the opportunity for scientists to present eLightning presentations–interactive, electronic posters that allow audience members to quickly capture the important pieces of information they need so they can maximize knowledge gained at the meeting. Each presenter had three minutes to discuss their topic, and attendees were able to interact directly with each poster afterwards. Check out an example of one of these posters by Chris Sherwood of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center: https://osm2020-agu.ipostersessions.com/default.aspx?s=3C-50-D3-39-85-4F-24-F1-96-82-D6-5E-80-28-21-CA

The @USGScoastchange Twitter account was busy throughout the week, tweeting announcements and encouraging Ocean Sciences attendees to check out the various talks, posters, and eLightning presentations from USGS scientists. Here are brief summaries of some of the presentations from USGS at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020:

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A large crowd gathered for the talks by USGS scientists for the Nearshore Processes session at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 in San Diego, California.

(Credit: Jenna Brown, USGS. Public domain.)

Thank you to all the scientists who attended Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 to represent the great work conducted within our Coastal and Marine Science Centers. We are all looking forward to seeing the research we bring to Ocean Sciences 2022!

Conference Website: https://www.agu.org/Ocean-Sciences-Meeting

Online Program: https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Home/0

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Jenna Brown, USGS scientist, chairs the Nearshore Processes session at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020. The vulnerability of the coast to sea level rise, extreme storms, and anthropogenic influence is a major societal concern. This session included abstracts focused on physical processes occurring in the nearshore region from the subaerial beach to the shelf.

(Credit: Jenna Brown, USGS. Public domain.)