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Date published: May 12, 2021

USGS Scientists Add Another Piece to Puzzle of How Hurricanes Can Gain Strength

Unique observations collected by U.S. Geological Survey scientists during Hurricane María in 2017, revealed previously unknown ocean processes that may aid in more accurate hurricane forecasting and impact predictions.

Date published: May 6, 2021

Davina Passeri invited to co-present on engineering challenges in a coastal environment at University of Central Florida

Davina Passeri of the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) co-presents a talk titled, “Engineering challenges in a coastal environment,” with structural engineer David Fusco of Thornton Tomasetti for University of Central Florida (UCF).

Date published: April 27, 2021

SPCMSC scientists represent USGS at the Coastal Solutions Workshop for the Gulf Coast

Scientists from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center will participate in the virtual Ocean Visions Coastal Solutions Workshop: “Coastal Flood Modeling, Prediction and Observations for the U.S. Gulf Coast.”

Date published: April 15, 2021

New USGS study suggests that high-latitude environments are unlikely to support coral reef growth as the climate warms

Researcher Lauren T. Toth (Research Physical Scientist) of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) led a study published this week in Nature Scientific Reports that reconstructed the impact of long-term climate variability on the latitudinal extent of reef-building in south Florida to evaluate the prospects of northern expansion of reef development in a future, warmer...

Date published: April 8, 2021

SPCMSC Coastal Change Hazards researchers awarded FY21 Risk Research and Applications Funding to assess coastal vulnerabilities in Puerto Rico

Legna Torres-Garcia and Donya Frank-Gilchrist (CNSS) are co-PIs on a project entitled “Coastal Vulnerability Assessments in Puerto Rico: focused stakeholder engagement to foster equity and inclusion.” The aim is to connect resources and tools for assessing coastal change hazards to relevant stakeholders and coastal communities in Puerto Rico.

Date published: April 8, 2021

Regional Habitat Differences Identified for Threatened Piping Plovers on Atlantic Coast

Piping plovers, charismatic shorebirds that nest and feed on many Atlantic Coast beaches, rely on different kinds of coastal habitats in different regions along the Atlantic Coast, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

March 31, 2021

Sound Waves Newsletter - December 2020-March 2021

Read about the challenges of conducting research during a pandemic, how USGS scientists conducted a nationwide assessment of salt marsh vulnerability, and more, in this December 2020-March 2021 issue of Sound Waves.

Date published: March 31, 2021

Overcoming research challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program is a prestigious opportunity for early career geoscientists to enhance their scientific stature and credentials. The fellowships are limited to a two-year appointment, making them time-sensitive by nature. While this is typically adequate time to complete their research, a global pandemic has posed new challenges for Mendenhall fellows at USGS....

Date published: March 31, 2021

Providing Guidance and Hope for Coral Restoration Efforts

Coral reefs are suffering due to multiple stressors in our changing world, but there is hope for recovery. New USGS science can help guide the way to restoration success.

Date published: March 25, 2021

Davina Passeri will participate in virtual science panel for art exhibit on “Expanding Waters”

Davina Passeri, Research Oceanographer at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, has been invited to participate in a virtual panel discussion as part of an art exhibit in Pinellas County called “Expanding Waters” which describes the current state of our waters.

Date published: March 8, 2021

Next-generation real-time oceanographic instrumentation

SPCMSC received their first Sofar Smart Mooring and Spotter Buoy to collect real-time oceanographic data.