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Map of seabed geology and sun-illuminated topography, Stellwagen Bank
December 31, 2016

Map of seabed geology and sun-illuminated topography, Stellwagen Bank

Map of seabed geology and sun-illuminated topography, Stellwagen Bank Blue and purple = boulder ridges. Redlines = leading edges of sand sheets

Parameters considered in models for shoreline change
December 31, 2016

Models for shoreline change

Parameters considered in models for shoreline change, barrier island characteristics, and piping plover habitat availability. Together, these three models allow for forecasts of most likely future barrier island characteristics and piping plover habitat availability given sea-level rise. 

Photograph of USGS personnel testing water in a marsh
December 31, 2016

Testing the Water!

Jen Suttles,Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, collects water samples from a salt marsh tidal creek (East Falmouth, MA) for laboratory analysis of total organic carbon. These samples will be compared to data recorded by instrumentation deployed in an adjacent tidal creek as part of research efforts to quantify carbon dynamics in coastal ecosystems

Image of USGS scientist on a beach recording piping plover habitat characteristics
December 31, 2016

USGS scientist records piping plover habitat characteristics

USGS scientist Sara Zeigler records habitat characteristics in iPlover at an ‘exclosed’ nest. On some beaches, managers erect netting around nests to protect eggs/chicks and adults from predators, allowing movement of chicks and parents to and from the nest but excluding predators

Browse graphic of point cloud data
December 31, 2016

Browse graphic of point cloud data

Browse graphic of point cloud data from low altitude aerial imagery from unmanned aerial system flights over Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, MA

Screen shot of the CCH web Portal shown over a coastal development
December 31, 2016

USGS data and tools can be accessed using mobile devices in the field

The USGS strives to put coastal change data and information at the fingertips of users such as planners and emergency managers. The explicit goal is to enable users to integrate and apply USGS data and tools to address their specific needs. Online resources such as the Coastal Change Hazards (CCH) portal are designed with applied use of data in mind. The data can be

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Sunset at Sage Lot Pond Salt Marsh Observatory
October 21, 2016

Sunset at Sage Lot Pond Salt Marsh Observatory

Sunset at Sage Lot Pond Salt Marsh Observatory marks the end of 16 hour field effort. During this sampling, USGS researchers captured the exchange of materials between the marsh and estuary. This field site provides infrastructure to keep sensors deployed nearly year-round so changes across seasons and extreme events, such as large storms, are captured. The boardwalk

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marsh platform is completely submerged during a spring tide
October 18, 2016

High Tide

High tides are one challenge of working in tidal wetlands! Here the marsh platform is completely submerged during a spring tide. The boardwalk, which scientists use to access the site, is also under water during this extreme high tide, while the solar panels powering some instruments remain dry. Sensors are deployed in the tidal creek to measure the water chemistry and

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