More than 20 USGS scientists from all three Coastal and Marine Science Centers attended the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 in San Diego February 16-21.
USGS Coastal and Marine Science Centers Represented in Full Force at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 in San Diego
This article is part of the January-March 2020 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.
More than 20 USGS scientists from all three Coastal and Marine Science Centers attended the Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego February 16-21. Many of the projects presented were collaborative, cross-center efforts with partners from numerous other agencies and academic institutions. Many USGS representatives attend this meeting biennially to promote the work of USGS, exchange research ideas with other scientists, and network with potential partners from around the world. USGS research topics presented at the meeting included deep-sea and nearshore coral reefs, shoreline and barrier island changes, coastal flood maps, hurricane impacts, estuarine sediment transport, and much more!
A novel feature of this meeting was the opportunity for scientists to present eLightning presentations–interactive, electronic posters that allow audience members to quickly capture the important pieces of information they need so they can maximize knowledge gained at the meeting. Each presenter had three minutes to discuss their topic, and attendees were able to interact directly with each poster afterwards. Check out an example of one of these posters by Chris Sherwood of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center: https://osm2020-agu.ipostersessions.com/default.aspx?s=3C-50-D3-39-85-4F-24-F1-96-82-D6-5E-80-28-21-CA
The @USGScoastchange Twitter account was busy throughout the week, tweeting announcements and encouraging Ocean Sciences attendees to check out the various talks, posters, and eLightning presentations from USGS scientists. Here are brief summaries of some of the presentations from USGS at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020:
- Cheryl Morrison presented research on deep-sea coral populations in the northwestern Atlantic: https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/654744
- Meg Palmsten discussed “Ensemble simulations of munitions mobility” during her eLightning presentation. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/641768
- Tim Nelson presented “Morphodynamic evolution of a natural Inlet” at the eLightning presentations. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/649051
- Jill Bourque of the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center presented a poster on the biogeochemical regimes and faunal communities of deep-sea methane seep habitats in the Atlantic. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/651290
- The Nearshore Processes was chaired by Jenna Brown and Christie Hegermiller from USGS: https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Session/92955
- Kurt Rosenberger and Curt Storlazzi had a poster on carbonate sediment transport on reefs in Australia. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/647029
- Olivia Cheriton’s poster was about wave transformation and infragravity waves across reef flats—information used to understand sediment transport. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/643799
- Jenna Brown presented a poster by Kara Doran on hydrodynamics during storm and recovery periods along Florida’s Gulf Coast: https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/646164
- USGS scientist Aaron Aunins had a poster about deep-sea marine metazoan and bacterial community structure studies using environmental DNA. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/653723
- Daniel Nowacki’s poster was about assessing coastal water-level variability in Puget Sound. This research improves understanding of coastal impacts and change in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/638279
- Kara Doran and Justin Birchler’s poster discussed their validation of a total water level forecast model during Hurricane Dorian using storm-tide sensors and National Weather Service predictions. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/659598
- Ferdinand Oberle discussed the role and relevance of rising air temperatures to bluff erosion in Arctic Alaska. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/655499
- Curt Storlazzi co-chaired a poster session on "Connections Between Coral Reef State, Physical Processes, and Coastlines" which focused on how changes to coral reefs can impact coastal communities globally. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Session/84672
- Jenna Brown presented an eLightning talk on morphologic changes from sound-side inundation of North Core Banks, North Carolina during Hurricane Dorian. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/659603
- Dave Zawada spoke about a new high-resolution, underwater Structure-from-Motion system used to estimate regional-scale elevation changes for coral reef environments. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/651570
- Erika Lentz and Hilary Stockdon co-chaired the session: “What’s My Hazard? Meaningful and Actionable Coastal Science for Property Owners, Planners, and Practitioners.” https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/643495
- Hilary Stockdon kicked off the meeting with her talk titled, “National, operational forecasts of shoreline total water levels: A coordinated Federal response to users' questions about coastal change and inundation hazards.” https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/657229
- Tarandeep Kalra’s talk was titled, “Asymmetric Wave Shape Parameterization Estimates from Fire Island Observations.” https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/642320
- Rich Signell presented “Pangeo: A Community Platform for Big-Data Geoscience.” https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Session/85251
- Jonathan Warrick presented a poster to discuss coastal river plumes: collisions and coalescence. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/636558
- Patrick Barnard’s poster presentation was titled, “Building toward a dynamic national coastal flood map that includes sea level rise and storms.” https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/655641
- Erika Lentz’s poster covered the topic of “Evaluating future coastal landscape change through a decision-support framework.” https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Session/84967
- Nancy Prouty presented a poster to discuss water column characterization and deep-sea coral trophodynamics on the U.S. West Coast region. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/648174
- Nancy Prouty served as the onsite contact and presenter for the EXPRESS Planning Meeting. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Session/100398
- Chris Sherwood’s talk was titled “Modelling Cross-Shore and Alongshore Transport on a Meso-Tidal Beach.” https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/643236
- Christie Hegermiller’s poster was about nearshore circulation and sediment transport at a barrier island breach during Hurricane Matthew (2016). https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/647383
- Jason Chaytor’s talk was titled, “Exploring the Interactions between Geologic and Biologic Processes in the Poorly Known Submarine Canyons Off Cape Hatteras, U.S. Atlantic Margin.” https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/656954
- John Warner gave a talk titled, “Integrating WRF Hydro into the Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave-Sediment Transport (COAWST) Modeling System: Application to Hurricane Florence (2018).” https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/645711
- Alfredo Aretxabaleta’s poster presentation was about wave-driven effects and geomorphic controls on bay-shelf exchange in a back-barrier estuary. https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/647174
Thank you to all the scientists who attended Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 to represent the great work conducted within our Coastal and Marine Science Centers. We are all looking forward to seeing the research we bring to Ocean Sciences 2022!
Conference Website: https://www.agu.org/Ocean-Sciences-Meeting
Online Program: https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Home/0
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