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USGS Coastal and Marine Science in St. Petersburg, Florida

This interactive geonarrative will take you on a guided tour to explore the science, capabilities, and history of the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center. 

The USGS SPCMSC Geologic Core and Sample Database Geonarrative

The U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (USGS SPCMSC) Geologic Core and Sample Database was established to catalog and preserve geologic materials and their metadata. This geonarrative explores the history of geologic sampling at the USGS SPCMSC, why and how this database was developed, and where the database can be accessed.

A Century of Change in Grand Bay, Mississippi and Alabama

The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in southern Mississippi was established to provide recreational and educational opportunities along with facilitating science-based coastal management; therefore, Grand Bay is the subject of numerous short and long-term environmental studies. The reserve is an important location for research and conservation.

Los Cambios Costeros en Puerto Rico

El Servicio Geológico de los Estados Unidos (USGS, por sus siglas en inglés) ha desarrollado una geonarrativa en español e inglés sobre los cambios en la costa de Puerto Rico que explica las tendencias históricas de la línea costera de la isla, los impactos de los huracanes en la costa y las posibles soluciones para proteger a las comunidades y mitigar los peligros costeros.

Shoreline Changes in Puerto Rico

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a Spanish and English geonarrative that displays shoreline changes in Puerto Rico and covers topics on the island’s historical shoreline trends, hurricane impacts on the coast, and possible solutions that could help protect communities and mitigate coastal hazards.

Barnegat Bay, NJ Estuarine Shorelines and Rates of Change

This collection contains estuarine shorelines and rates of change for Barnegat and Great Bay, New Jersey.

Breton Island, LA Estuarine Shorelines and Rates of Change

This collection contains estuarine shorelines and rates of change for Breton Island, Louisiana. 

Grand Bay, MS/AL Estuarine Shorelines and Rates of Change

This collection contains estuarine shorelines and rates of change for Grand Bay, Mississippi/Alabama (1848-2017). 

The Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Protection

U.S. Geological Survey scientists have shown that along with providing food, tourism, and biodiversity, coral reefs also protect dollars and lives. This interactive geonarrative introduces the USGS research to understand the role of US coral reefs in coastal protection.

National Shoreline Change

Exploring Shoreline Positions of the United States From the 1800s To The Present. This geonarrative explains how the USGS derives shorelines from various data sources, and how shoreline change rates are generated from these data. The Natural Hazards Mission Area programs of the USGS develop and apply hazard science to help protect the safety, security, and economic well-being of the Nation.

Real-Time Forecasts of Coastal Change

U.S. Geological Survey researchers develop tools to forecast coastal change hazards. This geonarrative features research and tools developed to forecast real-time coastal change.

Barrier Islands

U.S. Geological Survey Researchers Monitor Barrier Islands.  This geonarrative features research used to monitor Barrier islands which are narrow stretches of sand deposited parallel to the shoreline, are inherently valuable ecosystems. They protect estuaries and lagoons that help reduce coastal erosion, purify the water, and provide habitat for fish and birds.