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Piping Plover habitat on Cedar Island shown here off of the DelMarVa Peninsula.
December 31, 2018

Piping Plover Habitat, Cedar Island

The beach-dependent shorebirds project at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center models current and future habitat availability for nesting shorebirds in an effort to map current and likely future habitat availability on a range of sites along the U.S. Atlantic coast. Sites include beaches with minimal human-presence, such Cedar Island shown here off of the

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 Three-dimensional model of Chimney Bluffs, New York along Lake Ontario
December 31, 2018

Three-dimensional model of Chimney Bluffs, New York along Lake Ontari

Three-dimensional model of Chimney Bluffs, New York along Lake Ontario created from low-altitude digital images collected from an unmanned aerial system (UAS).

Displaying fixed bin options for rates of change
December 31, 2018

Displaying fixed bin options for rates of change

Displaying fixed bin options (left) for rates of change for an example dataset (LRR, EPR, WLR), and scaled to data (right) (NSM).

Congressional visitors receive briefings at Pacific Coastal and Marine Center in 2018
December 31, 2018

Congressional visitors receive briefings at Pacific Coastal and Marine

On September 18, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (20th district, California) and staffer Emmanuel Garcia visited the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz.

Data visualization with scaled options applied
December 31, 2018

Data visualization with scaled options applied

Data visualization with (A) fixed and (B) scaled options applied. Examples of NSM and SCE are also displayed (C and D respectively). The data itself has not changed – only the scaling and statistic selected through the DSAS Data Visualization tool.

Example of a section of DSAS summary report highlighting the use of DSAS_group to organize output statistics.
December 31, 2018

DSAS Summary Report

 Example of a section of DSAS summary report highlighting the use of DSAS_group to organize output statistics.

Scientist surveying the presence and behavior of birds at Pelican Island, Alabama.
December 31, 2018

Scientist surveying the behavior of birds at Pelican Island, Alabama

Scientist surveying the presence and behavior of birds at Pelican Island, Alabama. The CMHRP is working with personnel within the Ecosystems Mission Area on this project to identify how physical characteristics of barrier islands influence use by wintering shorebirds.

USGS personnel recovering ocean bottom seismometers
December 31, 2018

Ocean Bottom Seismometer Recovery

A WHCMSC and WHOI team recovered six intermediate period ocean bottom seismographs from the continental slope offshore New England in Georges Bank. The instruments had been deployed for about ten months to record background, ambient seismic noise. The data are being used to measure the in-situ shear wave speed of seafloor sediments, which is a proxy for shear strength.

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Seamless integrated elevation data for both land and submerged areas in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey
December 31, 2018

Elevation data for land and submerged areas, Barnegat Bay, NJ

 Coastal storms can severely alter the topography and ecosystems along heavily populated coastal regions. Seamless integrated elevation data for both land and submerged areas in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, are fundamental to coastal planning of the northeastern U.S. Atlantic coast.

Map of distribution sediment textures from Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts
December 31, 2018

Sediment textures distribution from Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard, MA

The distribution of sediment textures within the study area. The bottom-type classification is from Barnhardt and others (1998) and is based on 16 sediment classes. The classification is based on four sediment units that include gravel (G), mud (M), rock (R), and sand (S). If the texture is greater than 90 percent, it is labeled with a single letter. If the composition of

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Image showing the deployment of seismic equipment from a research vessel, examples of seismic data, and examples of seismic
December 31, 2018

Seismic Collage

Image showing a collage of examples of multi-channel and single-channel seismic data collected by the USGS, seismic equipment deployed from a research vessel, and seismic equipment on a research vessel.  These data are critical to the CMG Program as they define the geology in marine and coastal environments.