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USGS Science Enriched by Mendenhall Research Fellows

Mendenhall Research Fellows, who come to USGS through the Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program, are bringing new talents and skills to the Coastal...

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Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - March 2017

USGS scientists visited five states and the British Virgin Islands in the past month, studying tsunami deposits, eelgrass habitat, storm damage, and...

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Disappearing Beaches: Modeling Shoreline Change in Southern California

Using a newly-developed computer model called “CoSMoS-COAST” (Coastal Storm Modeling System – Coastal One-line Assimilated Simulation Tool) scientists...

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Preparing for Tsunami Hazards on Washington’s Pacific Coast

Hours before Japan was struck by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and the ensuing catastrophic tsunami, John Schelling spoke at a public meeting in the...

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News Briefs - January-February 2017

Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

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Advances in Topobathymetric Mapping

In coastal environments, elevation is perhaps the most fundamental variable determining vulnerability. Accurate high-resolution digital elevation...

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Helping Communities Understand Future Coastal Hazards

The USGS Coastal Processes Team has developed the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) to help residents of coastal California understand their...

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Striking New Seafloor Imagery of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault in the Gulf of Alaska

In 2016 the USGS led two geophysical surveys of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault off the coast of southeast Alaska, using multibeam sonar to map...

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Mystery Gap: Connecting Earthquake Faults near San Francisco, California, Requires Many Approaches

New USGS mapping studies in San Pablo Bay, California, show that two of the region’s earthquake faults—the Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults—connect...

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Severe West Coast Erosion During 2015-16 El Niño

In a study released today, U.S. Geological Survey scientists and their colleagues document how the 2015-16 winter featured one of the most powerful El...

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