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USGS St. Petersburg Science Seminar Series

The SPCMSC hosts a monthly seminar featuring scientists from both U.S. Geological Survey and non-USGS scientists. The seminars are usually hosted the third Tuesday of each month at 12 pm ET / 9 am PT on Microsoft Teams and are open to the public. Check out our schedule below for upcoming events.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Thomas Thelen

North Carolina State University

"It’s Flooding More Than We Know, and What to do About It." This will be a hybrid seminar. Please join us in Conference Room B or virtually. Click here to join the meeting.


Photo of workers in safety vests taking water samples on a flooded street.
Researchers from North Carolina State University take water quality samples on flood-prone Canal Drive. This road flooded 75 times between April 8, 2023 and April 8, 2024.

Sea-level rise is increasing coastal flood exposure globally, with tens of millions of people at risk to coastal flooding in the United States alone. In many low-lying areas, sea-level rise is causing flooding more and more often outside of extreme storms — but evidence of the extent and frequency of such floods is scarce. In this talk, I will share new observations on the frequency and causes of chronic floods in five coastal North Carolina communities. I will explore how atmospheric and land-based flood drivers compound with tides to cause floods that are unexpected by coastal communities. I will then discuss the impacts of these floods, with a focus on water quality, and potential pathways to mitigate current and future chronic flood hazards.


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