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Date published: December 7, 2018

USGS scientist selected as next editor-in-chief of AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface

USGS research geologist Amy East, of the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, will be the next editor-in-chief of the American Geophysical Union’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, beginning January 1, 2019.

Date published: November 30, 2018

The State of Olympic National Park – The Natural Resource Condition Assessment

The USGS and National Park Service (NPS) have published the first Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Olympic National Park. A Natural Resource Condition Assessment, or NRCA, is a report that evaluates a subset of important natural resources in a NPS Unit. 

Date published: November 29, 2018

Surveying deep-water habitats off US West Coast

Researchers from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC) participated in a research cruise to survey deep-water coral, sponge, and fish habitats off U.S. West Coast.

Date published: November 29, 2018

Studying flood hazards in San Juan, Puerto Rico

USGS scientists from Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, along with with NOAA, the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and Arrecifes Pro Ciudad, are using video imagery and wave measurements to study flood hazards in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Date published: November 1, 2018

USGS Images Gas Hydrates with 2,000 Kilometers of New Seismic Data on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Margin

In August 2018, the USGS Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) completed the Mid-Atlantic Resource Imaging Experiment (MATRIX), a three-week cruise that acquired more than 2,000 kilometers of multichannel seismic data between Hudson Canyon and Cape Hatteras on the U.S. Atlantic margin.

Date published: November 1, 2018

Large Underwater Experiment Shows that “Turbidity Currents” are Not Just Currents, but Involve Movement of the Seafloor Itself

Turbidity currents have historically been described as fast-moving currents that sweep down submarine canyons, carrying sand and mud into the deep sea. But a new paper in Nature Communications shows that, rather than just consisting of sediment-laden seawater flowing over the seafloor, turbidity currents also...

Date published: November 1, 2018

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - October-November 2018

Recently USGS scientists visited more than 20 coastal and offshore locations, studying deep corals off the East Coast, restored beaches and dunes in New Jersey, mine tailings in Lake Superior, and much more.

Date published: November 1, 2018

Beach surveys to monitor change along northern Monterey Bay

From October 9–15, USGS personnel surveyed beaches and the adjacent ocean floor along Monterey Bay’s northern coast.

November 1, 2018

Sound Waves Newsletter - October-November 2018

Researcher group completes the Mid-Atlantic Resource Imaging Experiment, USGS researchers finds that turbidity currents involve large-scale movements of the seafloor in addition to moving sediment, USGS researchers study life in underwater cave ecosystems, a new study is published about coral reef decline in Florida, and more in this October-November 2018 issue of Sound Waves Newsletter.

Date published: November 1, 2018

City of Santa Cruz staff briefed on USGS science activities

On October 17, 2018, 17 staff members from the City of Santa Cruz, California toured USGS facilities in the city.