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Date published: October 7, 2021

USGS Leadership Participates in Virtual NOMEC Conversation Hosted by the UN Decade on the Ocean

What do you know about NOMEC? And why is NOMEC important?

NOMEC is the National Ocean Mapping, Exploring and Characterization program, a national effort focused on mapping the United States Excusive Economic Zone or EEZ.

Date published: October 1, 2021

SPCMSC Researchers Invited to Present on Coastal Vulnerability Assessments Project in Puerto Rico to the Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership

Coastal Change Hazards scientists Dr. Legna Torres-Garcia and Dr. Donya Frank-Gilchrist of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) were invited to present to the Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership (SCDRP) on coastal vulnerability assessments in Puerto Rico through a focused stakeholder engagement approach.

Date published: September 29, 2021

Two CoastCams installed in the Outer Banks for DUNEX project

Meg Palmsten and Jenna Brown installed two CoastCams towers at Pea Island, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to monitor waves, water levels, and coastal change as part of the DUring Nearshore Event eXperiment (DUNEX) project.

Date published: September 23, 2021

Dr. Meg Palmsten will be the guest speaker in COMIT seminar series

Dr. Meg Palmsten of SPCMSC will discuss forecasting total water levels and coastal change hazards in this month’s virtual Center for Ocean Mapping and Technologies (COMIT) seminar series.

Date published: September 23, 2021

SPCMSC scientists publish paper documenting recent historical evolution of the northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana

SPCMSC geologist Julie Bernier, with co-authors Jennifer Miselis and Nathaniel Plant, published a paper, "Satellite-Derived Barrier Response and Recovery Following Natural and Anthropogenic Perturbations, Northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana," documenting recent historical evolution (since 1984) of this barrier-island system based on analysis of Landsat satellite imagery. 

Date published: September 23, 2021

Tampa Bay coastal acidification research featured in EPA National Estuary Program report

Tampa Bay coastal acidification research conducted by Dr. Kim Yates of SPCMSC was highlighted in the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Estuary Program (NEP) Report, “The National Estuary Program: At the Forefront of Climate Change Adaptation, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience.”

September 16, 2021

Special Issue on Reducing Flood Risk by Restoring Coral Reefs

In this special issue, explore the benefits provided by coral reefs off Florida and Puerto Rico - including flood risk reduction and protection for people, property, and natural resources. A new series of USGS reports demonstrates how the restoration of coral reefs can save hundreds of millions of dollars in storm-related damages every year.

Date published: September 9, 2021

USGS staff participating in DUNEX VIP Day at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Field Research Facility

Jenna Brown and Chris Sherwood of USGS attend a VIP Event to discuss the USGS component of the DUNEX project, a multi-agency study of storm processes in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Date published: September 9, 2021

SPCMSC scientists study effects of beach nourishment on sea turtle nesting activity

Scientists RC Mickey and Dave Thompson from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center wrap up a season of conducting beach surveys to study influences of beach nourishment on sea turtle nesting.

Date published: September 7, 2021

Southeast Region (SER) Science Workshop: Identifying Science to Meet Administration Priorities and the Needs of Our Stakeholders

The fourth annual SER Science Workshop, held virtually July 13-16, 2021, addressed four administration priorities – underserved communities, tribal engagement, conserving 30% of our lands and waters by 2030, and tackling the climate crisis. 

Date published: September 2, 2021

Coastal Change Hazards Team Forecasted Hurricane Ida Beach Impacts

As Hurricane Ida approached the U.S. northern Gulf coast, the USGS Coastal Change Hazards team produced a series of forecasts for impacts on the beach. Forecasts were updated daily based on wave and storm surge forecasts from NOAA.

Date published: September 2, 2021

Kathryn Smith and Christopher G. Smith will present at the Grand Bay NERR Research Symposium

Kathryn Smith and Christopher G. Smith of the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center will present their research during the “Ecological processes” session of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Research Symposium on September 10.