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Date published: July 31, 2020

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - April-July 2020

Much of the USGS fieldwork has been delayed, postponed, or canceled in the face of COVID-19. USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) scientists were able to safely venture out to collect beach elevations; biogeochemistry samples; water, soil, and meteorological data; and coral and algal samples, in San Francisco, Florida, Massachusetts, and the US Virgin Islands.

July 31, 2020

Sound Waves Newsletter - June-July 2020

In this issue of Sound Waves, we pay tribute to a beloved USGS colleague, Monty Hampton, and highlight his work on sand waves and sand lance in the Pacific Northwest; we also highlight USGS work on sand lance in the Atlantic and on tracking sea turtles to examine how changing environment affects marine life.

Date published: July 31, 2020

Evaluating the stability of deep-water sands that provide habitat for Pacific sand lance, a critical forage fish in Puget Sound

Sand waves and ripples in a deep-water channel in Puget Sound are on the move, but they are migrating so slowly that they will continue to provide stable habitat for Pacific sand lance—a forage fish important to young salmon, lingcod, and other fish, marine mammals, and seabirds.

Date published: July 14, 2020

Coastal Change Hazards addresses the needs of our Nation’s coastlines

The USGS formally announces the establishment of a program focus on Coastal Change Hazards to coordinate research and tools needed to respond to challenges related to risks and hazards along our Nation's coastlines. 

Date published: July 13, 2020

Our Nation’s Coasts – Take a Tour

The USGS  is excited to present a series of Coastal Change Hazards geonarratives that will take you on a journey to learn more about coastal change and the related research we conduct across our Nation’s coasts.  

Date published: June 30, 2020

A True Gentleman and World-Class Geoscientist: Monty Allen Hampton, 1941–2019

Modified from the Half Moon Bay Review obituary and expanded with text from email tributes sent by Monty’s colleagues.

Date published: June 22, 2020

Earthquakes, Landslides, and Tsunamis: Mapping Geohazards in the Cascadia Subduction Zone

The geologic research and mapping in the offshore areas is foundational to understanding how to manage resources and improve public safety in subduction zone areas.

Date published: June 22, 2020

Special Issue of Sound Waves Focuses on Deep-Sea Research

2019 was a big year for deep-sea expeditions, and USGS was pleased to be a partner supporting our Nation in advancing our knowledge about these remote and unexplored areas of the Earth. In honor of National Ocean Month, we highlight USGS research from the deep sea.

Date published: June 22, 2020

Seafloor Methane Seeps at the Edge of Hydrate Stability

In June 2019, USGS scientists led a 22-day deep-sea research expedition aboard the R/V Falkor to examine methane seep dynamics and processes along the Cascadia Margin offshore of Washington and Oregon.

Date published: June 22, 2020

EXPRESS: Expanding Pacific Research and Exploration of Submerged Systems - Interagency Collaborative Efforts Explore Deep Ocean Areas

As state and national interest in offshore renewable energy development and substantial commercial and recreational fishing activities grows, managing offshore habitats becomes increasingly challenging. In response, USGS and BOEM have joined NOAA and several non-Federal partners to initiate...

Date published: June 5, 2020

Critical Minerals in the EEZ

For centuries, people have crossed oceans in search of valuable minerals. In recent times, though, increasing attention has been paid to the oceans themselves for their mineral potential, especially rock formations on the seafloor.