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Wildfires, Sediment, and Water Supplies

Wildfires, Sediment, and Water Supplies

In the year after the Carr Fire in northern California, USGS researchers found that greater-than-average precipitation moved large sediment loads through watersheds, which can jeopardize water supplies.

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Sound Waves Newsletter

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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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

Date published: August 31, 2021

New USGS technology provides three dimensional benefits: assessing coastal hazards, seafloor stability, and coral restoration efforts

USGS team invented a new camera system to create highly detailed 3-dimensional models of the seafloor that are proving to be invaluable for coastal hazards research and habitat restoration efforts.

Date published: August 27, 2021

Exploring the Unknown in the Deep North Atlantic Ocean

Learning more about international waters, or the "high seas," and other unexplored deepwater areas through exploration is critical to ensuring they are collectively and sustainably managed for the good of the planet.

Date published: August 5, 2021

Timing of iceberg scours and massive ice-rafting events in the subtropical North Atlantic

Iceberg tracks in the seafloor: Icebergs can travel south all the way to Florida!

Date published: August 2, 2021

Coastal Change Hazards Video Launch

The Coastal Change Hazards team launched a video to describe how USGS integrates robust research, state-of-the-art capabilities, and stakeholder input to achieve coastal resilience goals.

Date published: July 30, 2021

Ferromanganese nodules on a deep-ocean seamount

USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center researcher Kira Mizell talks about the discovery of a ferromanganese nodule field on a seamount deep in the North Atlantic Ocean.