St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center


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Date published: August 2, 2020

USGS Works to Predict and Track Isaias' Effects

To learn more about USGS’s role in providing science to decision makers before, during and after Tropical Storm Isaias, visit

This story was updated August 3 to reflect changes in the coastal change and landfall forecasts for Isaias.

Date published: August 1, 2020

Isaias Likely to Cause Extensive Erosion on S. Carolina Beaches

Wave-driven flooding behind dunes unlikely on SE Atlantic coast, USGS predicts

This news release was updated August 3 based on the latest coastal change forecast.

To learn more about USGS’s role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Tropical Storm Isaias, visit


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.


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Data-driven, multi-model workflow suggests strong influence from hurricanes on the generation of turbidity currents in the Gulf of Mexico

Turbidity currents deliver sediment rapidly from the continental shelf to the slope and beyond; and can be triggered by processes such as shelf resuspension during oceanic storms; mass failure of slope deposits due to sediment- and wave-pressure loadings; and localized events that grow into sustained currents via self-amplifying ignition. Because...

Harris, Courtney K.; Syvitski, Jaia; Arango, H.G.; Meiburg, E. H.; Cohen, Sagy; Jenkins, C.J.; Birchler, Justin J.; Hutton, E. W. H.; Kniskern, T. A.; Radhakrishnan, S.; Auad, Guillermo

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Acidification in the U.S. Southeast: Causes, potential consequences and the role of the Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network

Coastal acidification in southeastern U.S. estuaries and coastal waters is influenced by biological activity, run-off from the land, and increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Acidification can negatively impact coastal resources such as shellfish, finfish, and coral reefs, and the communities that rely on them. Organismal responses for...

Hall, Emily R.; Wickes, Leslie; Burnett, Louis; Scott, Geoffrey I.; Hernandez, Debra; Yates, Kimberly K.; Barbero, Leticia; Reimer, Janet J.; Baalousha, Mohammed; Mintz, Jennifer; Cai, Wei-Jun; Craig, J. Kevin; DeVoe, M. Richard; Fisher, William S.; Hathaway, Terri K.; Jewett, Elizabeth B.; Johnson, Zackary; Keener, Paula; Mordecai, Rua S.; Noakes, Scott; Phillips, Charlie; Sandifer, Paul; Schnetzer, Astrid; Styron, Jay

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Accurate bathymetric maps from underwater digital imagery without ground control

Structure-from-Motion (SfM) photogrammetry can be used with digital underwater photographs to generate high-resolution bathymetry and orthomosaics with millimeter-to-centimeter scale resolution at relatively low cost. Although these products are useful for assessing species diversity and health, they have additional utility for quantifying benthic...

Hatcher, Gerry; Warrick, Jonathan; Ritchie, Andrew C.; Dailey, Evan; Zawada, David G.; Kranenburg, Christine; Yates, Kimberly K.