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Queen Charlotte Fault Mapping

Queen Charlotte Fault Mapping

USGS scientists and colleagues completed a research cruise studying the Queen Charlotte Fault off the coast of southeast Alaska and British Columbia.

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Sound Waves Newsletter

Coastal and marine research news from across the USGS: Read our stories on coastal hazards, deep-sea research, preserving coral reefs, and more.

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Date published: October 15, 2021

Eyes in the Sky: How Satellite Imagery Transforms Shoreline Monitoring From “Data-Poor” to “Data-Rich”

Monitoring coastal changes is important for the millions of people that live along coasts in the U.S., particularly as climate change hastens coastal erosion by raising sea levels and fueling powerful storms.

Date published: October 15, 2021

Tracking Changes to Barrier Islands in the Arctic

Barrier islands and spits shelter coastlines from storms, protecting coastal communities and providing habitat for native species.

Date published: October 7, 2021

USGS Leadership Participates in Virtual NOMEC Conversation Hosted by the UN Decade on the Ocean

What do you know about NOMEC? And why is NOMEC important?

NOMEC is the National Ocean Mapping, Exploring and Characterization program, a national effort focused on mapping the United States Excusive Economic Zone or EEZ.

Date published: October 6, 2021

Queen Charlotte Fault Mapping

The Queen Charlotte Fault is an active strike-slip boundary, similar to California’s San Andreas fault.

Date published: September 29, 2021

Two CoastCams installed in the Outer Banks for DUNEX project

Meg Palmsten and Jenna Brown installed two CoastCams towers at Pea Island, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to monitor waves, water levels, and coastal change as part of the DUring Nearshore Event eXperiment (DUNEX) project.

September 16, 2021

Special Issue on Reducing Flood Risk by Restoring Coral Reefs

In this special issue, explore the benefits provided by coral reefs off Florida and Puerto Rico - including flood risk reduction and protection for people, property, and natural resources. A new series of USGS reports demonstrates how the restoration of coral reefs can save hundreds of millions of dollars in storm-related damages every year.

Date published: September 9, 2021

USGS staff participating in DUNEX VIP Day at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Field Research Facility

Jenna Brown and Chris Sherwood of USGS attend a VIP Event to discuss the USGS component of the DUNEX project, a multi-agency study of storm processes in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Date published: September 7, 2021

Reducing Flood Risks by Restoring Coral Reefs

Healthy coral reefs are more than just hotspots of marine biodiversity—they’re also invaluable to long-term resilience against coastal storms.

Date published: September 1, 2021

How Rising Seas Push Coastal Systems Beyond Tipping Points

A new multidisciplinary case study from USGS and collaborators looks at how even modest sea-level rise threatens coastal communities, infrastructure and ecosystems such as beaches, tidal marshes and estuaries by pushing them past “tipping points,” the crucial junctures at which even slight changes can fundamentally alter how an entire system behaves.

August 31, 2021

Sound Waves Newsletter - July-August 2021

Learn about some of our barrier island research, deep sea "stepping stones," our 5000th sample at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and more in this July-August 2021 issue of Sound Waves