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Date published: July 12, 2019

USGS: Barry's waves, surge to affect beaches in four Gulf Coast states

Though Louisiana landfall is likely, highest waves expected to strike east of the storm

Date published: July 11, 2019

Waves and surge from Tropical Storm Barry will impact Gulf Coast beaches

To better understand storm impacts on the coast, the USGS National Assessment of Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards group is responding to Tropical Storm Barry.

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iCoast – Did the Coast Change?: Storm-impact model verification using citizen scientists

The USGS provides model predictions of severe storm impacts prior to landfall based on pre-storm morphology and predicted total water levels, including waves and surge. Presented in near real time on the USGS Coastal Change Hazard Portal, they provide coastal residents, scientists, and emergency managers valuable coastal response information....

Morgan, Karen L M; Plant, Nathaniel G.; Stockdon, Hilary F.; Richard J. Snell

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Microbiomes of stony and soft deep-sea corals share rare core bacteria

Background: Numerous studies have shown that bacteria form stable associations with host corals and have focused on identifying conserved “core microbiomes” of bacterial associates inferred to be serving key roles in the coral holobiont. Because studies tend to focus on only stony corals (order Scleractinia) or soft corals (order Alcyonacea), it...

Kellogg, Christina A.

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Application of sediment end-member analysis for understanding sediment fluxes, northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana

We analyzed grain-size distributions (GSDs) from a time-series of sediment samples to evaluate sediment transport following anthropogenic sand-berm emplacement at the northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana. End-member analysis (EMA) was applied to compare the end-member (EM) GSD of a known sediment source to GSDs from surrounding environments and...

Bernier, Julie C.; Miselis, Jennifer L.; Buster, Noreen A.; Flocks, James G.
Bernier, J.C., Miselis, J.L., Buster, N.A., and Flocks, J.G., 2019, Application of sediment end-member analysis for understanding sediment fluxes, northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, in Wang, P., Rosati, J.D., and Vallee, M. (eds.), , Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, May 27-31, 2019: Singapore, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., p. 25-38.