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The center is part of the USGS Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Program, which is the primary federal marine geology and physical science research program. The center's staff of 100 provides scientific information that contributes to decisions by other federal agencies, state and local entities, private organizations, industry, and the public about hazards, resource use and protection.

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Date published: September 30, 2020

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - August-September 2020

USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) scientists were able to safely venture out to collect beach elevations, geochemistry samples for wildfire contamination, water, soil, and meteorological data, offshore bathymetric and seismic data, ocean, lake, and bay sediment samples, and more, from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California, to Massachusetts, New York, and...

Date published: September 30, 2020

Photo Roundup - August-September 2020

A selection of coastal and marine images and videos from across the USGS

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Dynamics of marsh-derived sediments in lagoon-type estuaries

Salt marshes are valuable ecosystems that must trap sediments and accrete in order to counteract the deleterious effect of sea‐level rise. Previous studies have shown that the capacity of marshes to build up vertically depends on both autogenous and exogenous processes including eco‐geomorphic feedbacks and sediment supply from in‐land and coastal...

Donatelli, Carmine; Kalra, Tarandeep S.; Fagherazzi, Sergio; Zhang, Xoaohe; Leonardi, Nicoletta

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Modeling the spatial dynamics of marsh ponds in New England salt marshes

Ponds are common features on salt marshes, yet it is unclear how they affect large-scale marsh evolution. We developed a spatially explicit model that combines cellular automata for pond formation, expansion, and drainage, and partial differential equations for elevation dynamics. We use the mesotidal Barnstable marsh (MA, USA) as a case study,...

Mariotti, G.; Spivak, A.; Luk, S.Y.; Ceccherini, G.; Tyrrell, M.; Gonneea, Meagan

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High concentration methane hydrate in a silt reservoir from the deep-water Gulf of Mexico

We present results from 30 quantitative degassing experiments of pressure core sections collected during The University of Texas-Gulf of Mexico 2-1 (UT-GOM2-1) Hydrate Pressure Coring Expedition at Green Canyon Block 955 in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico as part of The University of Texas at Austin–US Department of Energy Deepwater Methane Hydrate...

Philips, Stephen; Flemings, Peter; Holland, Melanie; Schultheiss, Peter; Waite, William F.; Jang, Junbong; Petrou, Ethan; Hammon, Helen
Phillips, S.C., Flemings, P.B., Holland, M.E., Schultheiss, P.J., Waite, W.F., and Jang, J., Petrou, E.G., 2020, Extremely high concentration of methane hydrate in a deepwater silt reservoir from the northern Gulf of Mexico (Green Canyon 955): American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Bulletin, v. 104, no. 9, 1971-1995 p doi:10.1306/01062018280.