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Images of multiple oceanside beaches and dunes at Fire Island, New York.
December 31, 2018

Images of multiple oceanside beaches and dunes at Fire Island New York

For more than 15 years, the USGS has actively studied natural and human changes to the shoreline, beaches, and dunes at Fire Island. This research program has refined our understanding of the long (decades to centuries)- and short-term (storm events, seasons, years) geomorphological changes on the barrier island that influence natural, cultural, and recreational resources

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Congressional visitors receive briefings at Pacific Coastal and Marine Center in 2018
December 31, 2018

Congressional visitors receive briefings at Pacific Coastal and Marine

On September 18, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (20th district, California) and staffer Emmanuel Garcia visited the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz.

Model contrasts less frequent, less intense storms vs. more frequent, more intense storms into the future
December 31, 2018

Storm and sea level rise scenario model for Dauphin Island, Alabama

Storm and sea level rise scenario models, like the one shown here, can be used to explore the future. This model shows what Dauphin Island may look like 10 years from now if storms become stronger and more frequent (Passeri and others, 2018).

Pilots from two USGS Coastal and Marine Science Centers collect imagery data using Unmanned Aerial System, while personnel from
December 31, 2018

Scientists collect data on Pelican Island, Alabama

In an effort spanning the Natural Hazards and Ecosystems Mission Areas, pilots from the Saint Petersburg and Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Centers collect imagery data using Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) while personnel from the Wetlands and Aquatic Research Center (WARC) conduct ground-based site surveys of Pelican Island, Alabama. These data are being combined to

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A brain coral infected with Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease
December 31, 2018

A brain coral infected with Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

A brain coral infected with Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in April 2018.

A seismic instrument on pontoon floats is deployed from the beach to the water.
December 31, 2018

Deployment of the chirp seismic instrument from the beach

Most underwater seismic data is collected from large research vessels; however, the shoreface environment is shallower than areas in which most seismic surveys occur. To get the information we need to assess changes in shoreface geology, we mount our seismic instruments on pontoon floats and deploy the instrument from the beach. Once deployed, the seismic instrument is

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A seismic instrument mounted on pontoon floats with wheels is staged on a sandy beach near the ocean.
December 31, 2018

Seismic instrument on pontoon floats deployed from the beach

We mount our seismic instrument on pontoon floats with wheels. This setup is deployed from the beach and eventually towed behind our survey vessel.

On-site data processing of geophysical data from Fire Island, New York
December 31, 2018

On-site data processing of geophysical data from Fire Island, New York

Fire Island is a 50-km long barrier island along the south shore of Long Island, NY. The island is comprised of seventeen year-round communities; federal, state, and county parks; and supports distinct ecosystems alongside areas of economic and cultural value. In addition to providing resources to its residents, the barrier island also protects the heavily-populated

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