St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center


Research programs have a primary focus of investigating processes related to coastal and marine environments and societal implications related to natural hazards, resource sustainability, and environmental change.



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Date published: October 30, 2019

Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program Lidar Coordinator/National Geospatial Program Associate National Map Liaison invited as Keynote Speaker at the 1st Annual GeoFlo Summit 2019

Xan Fredericks, Lidar Coordinator for the CMHRP and the NGP Associate National Map Liaison to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, has been invited to be the Keynote Speaker for the first-ever GeoFlo Summit.

Date published: October 18, 2019

New video abstract highlighting published results on Florida Keys coral-reef erosion

A video abstract summarizing USGS work published in the journal Limnology and Oceanography was released on the journal’s YouTube channel. The work was completed by four scientists from St. Petersburg Coastal & Marine Science Center and collaborators from NOAA and the Florida Institute of Technology.

Date published: October 10, 2019

Microbial Inactivation and Nutrient Removal During Storage Phase of Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR)

Dr. John Lisle gave two oral presentations for the national AGWT conference: “Pathogen Inactivation Rates During Storage of Recharged Water in the Upper Floridan Aquifer” and “Progress on Research into Nutrient Reduction by Microbial Communities During ASR”


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Hurricane Matthew: Predictions, observations, and an analysis of coastal change

Hurricane Matthew, the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the 2016 hurricane season, made land-fall south of McClellanville, S.C., around 1500 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on October 8, 2016. Hurricane Matthew affected the States of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina along the U.S. Atlantic coastline. Numerous barrier islands...

Birchler, Justin J.; Doran, Kara S.; Long, Joseph W.; Stockdon, Hilary F.
Birchler, J.J., Doran, K.S., Long, J.W., and Stockdon, H.F., 2019, Hurricane Matthew—Predictions, observations, and an analysis of coastal change: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1095, 37 p.,

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Comparison of methods for modeling fractional cover using simulated satellite hyperspectral imager spectra

Remotely sensed data can be used to model the fractional cover of green vegetation (GV), non-photosynthetic vegetation (NPV), and soil in natural and agricultural ecosystems. NPV and soil cover are difficult to estimate accurately since absorption by lignin, cellulose, and other organic molecules cannot be resolved by broadband multispectral data...

Dennison, Philip E.; Qi, Yi; Meerdink, Susan K.; Kokaly, Raymond; Thompson, David M.; Daughtry, Craig S.T.; Quemada, Miguel; Roberts, Dar A.; Gader, Paul; Wetherley, Erin; Numata, Izaya; Roth, Keely L.

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Airborne bacteria in Earth's lower stratosphere resemble taxa detected in the troposphere: Results from a new NASA Aircraft Bioaerosol Collector (ABC)

Airborne microorganisms in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere remain elusive due to a lack of reliable sample collection systems. To address this problem, we designed, installed, and flight-validated a novel Aircraft Bioaerosol Collector (ABC) for NASA's C-20A that can make collections for microbiological research investigations up to...

David J. Smith; Ravichandar, Jayamary D.; Jain, Sunit; Griffin, Dale W.; Yu, Hongbin; Tan, Qian; Thissen, James; Lusby, Terry; Nicoll, Patrick; Shedler, Sarah; Martinez, P.; Osorio, Alejandro; Lechniak, Jason; Choi, Samuel; Sabino, Kayleen; Iverson, Kathryn; Chan, Luisa; Jaing, Crystal; McGrath, John