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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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Date published: September 30, 2019

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - August-September 2019

This was a busy field season for USGS scientists! We visited numerous locations to collect seawater and sediment samples, and to map beaches, rivers, marshes, and offshore areas. Here’s a quick overview of some fieldwork by our scientists.

Date published: August 14, 2019

Coastal erosion researcher quoted in news coverage of fatal California cliff collapse

USGS researcher quoted in major news stories about the August 2 coastal cliff collapse that killed three people on a beach in Encinitas, California

Date published: August 7, 2019

Federal scientists from three agencies meet to discuss critical marine minerals

On July 30 and 31, the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center hosted an “Exploratory Interagency Critical Marine Minerals Discussion” in Santa Cruz, California.

July 31, 2019

Sound Waves Newsletter - June-July 2019

USGS coastal storm computer modelers team up with EROS Data Center to incorporate more accurate land and coast elevations into their online tool for southern California coastal threats, while USGS teams up with the National Park Service and North Carolina University to develop a tool that inform decisions on Cape Lookout preservation, and more in this June-July 2019 issue of Sound Waves.

Date published: July 31, 2019

Recent Fieldwork - June-July 2019

In June and July 2019, USGS coastal and marine scientists visited several coastal and offshore locations. Scientists collected coastal elevation data with drones and other GPS equipment, deployed instruments that collect water and sediment data from the ocean and from rivers, and much more. Here’s a quick overview of some recent fieldwork by our researchers.

Date published: July 1, 2019

Maui-area coral reefs described in detail, including threats

A new USGS Open-File Report describes the coral reefs of Maui, Moloka‘i, Lānaʻi, and Kahoʻolawe in detail, including location, extent, coral cover, and connectivity.