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Alongshore-varying forecasts of barrier island response to sea-level rise
December 12, 2017

A new article combines geomorphological and pre- and post-Hurricane Sandy observations from coastal New Jersey with a morphodynamic model to forecast the response of barrier islands to various rates of sea-level rise and explores the impact of human alterations on forecasted behavior.

Map showing the location of geophysical and sediment core data collected between 2009 and 2013, and used in the MsCIP project.
November 30, 2017

Protocols created as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program and will be used to evaluate project success and determine if adaptive management action may be needed to achieve habitat restoration and mainland storm protection.

A perspective model of the morphology and geologic framework near Petit Bois Island showing the relationships between seafloor f
November 30, 2017

USGS geologist Jim Flocks presented recent research into the influence of the geologic framework on the evolution of nearshore shore-oblique sand ridges in the northern Gulf of Mexico at the NOAA Southeast Regional Office speaker series. 


Year Published: 2018

The influence of bed friction variability due to land cover on storm-driven barrier island morphodynamics

Variations in bed friction due to land cover type have the potential to influence morphologic change during storm events; the importance of these variations can be studied through numerical simulation and experimentation at locations with sufficient observational data to initialize realistic scenarios, evaluate model accuracy and guide...

Passeri, Davina; Long, Joseph W.; Plant, Nathaniel G.; Bilskie, Matthew V.; Hagen, Scott C.
Passeri, D.L., Long, J.W., Plant, N.G., Bilskie, M.V., Hagen, S.C. (2017). “The influence of bottom friction on storm-driven barrier island morphodynamics.” Coastal Engineering, 132, 82-94, doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.11.005.

Year Published: 2018

Characterizing storm response and recovery using the beach change envelope: Fire Island, New York

Hurricane Sandy at Fire Island, New York presented unique challenges in the quantification of storm impacts using traditional metrics of coastal change, wherein measured changes (shoreline, dune crest, and volume change) did not fully reflect the substantial changes in sediment redistribution following the storm. We used a time series of beach...

Brenner, Owen T.; Lentz, Erika; Hapke, Cheryl J.; Henderson, Rachel; Wilson, Kathleen; Nelson, Timothy
Brenner, O.T., Lentz, E.E., Hapke, C.J., Henderson, R.E., Wilson, K.E., and Nelson, T.R., 2017, Characterizing storm response and recovery using the beach change envelope: Fire Island, New York: Geomorphology,

Year Published: 2018

2.3. Global-scale atmospheric dispersion of microorganisms

This chapter addresses long-range dispersion and the survival of microorganisms across a wide range of altitudes in Earth's atmosphere. Topics include mechanisms of dispersion, survivability of microorganisms known to be associated with long-range transport, natural and artificial sources of bioaerosols, residence time estimation through the use...

Delort, Anne-Marie; Amato, Pierre; Griffin, Dale W.; Gonzalez-Martin, Cristina; Hoose, C.; Smith, D.J.
Griffin, D.W., Gonzalez-Martin, C., Hoose, C. and Smith, D.J. (2017) Global-Scale Atmospheric Dispersion of Microorganisms, in Microbiology of Aerosols (eds A.-M. Delort and P. Amato), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781119132318.ch2c