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Jen Suttles collects water samples from a salt marsh tidal creek (East Falmouth, MA) for laboratory analysis
July 17, 2014

Collecting samples from a salt marsh

Jen Suttles 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

The Salt Marsh Observatory at Sage Lot Pond in the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
July 17, 2014

Salt Marsh Observatory at Sage Lot Pond in the Waquoit Bay, MA

The Salt Marsh Observatory at Sage Lot Pond in the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve serves as an important platform for research in coastal salt marshes. Infrastrucutre in this marsh allows researchers to access sites while maintaining habitat and platform health. The yellow “boardwalk” provides research access while minimizing impact on the marsh platform

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Sara Zeigler (USGS) uses the smartphone data collection app ‘iPlover’ to classify the landscape characteristics
June 24, 2014

Sara Zeigler (USGS) uses the smartphone data collection app ‘iPlover’

 Sara Zeigler (USGS) uses the smartphone data collection app ‘iPlover’ to classify the landscape characteristics in an area immediately surrounding a piping plover nest (here, protected with a black mesh predator exclosure).

Piping Plover chicks
June 22, 2014

Piping Plover chicks

 

USGS scientist Sara Zeigler holds piping plover chicks while working in the field with members of the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program. Virginia Tech scientists capture and band piping plover chicks and adults each year along the Atlantic coast in order to monitor population survival, reproduction, and movement (

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and fencing on a Fire Island beach
June 21, 2014

Sand fencing can affect natural beach processes

Human modifications to beaches, such as sand fencing, sea walls and rock jetties, can alter natural beach processes like overwash. This can affect how much habitat for species like piping plovers is created by storms.

This photo shows an area on the Rockaway Peninsula where high quality shorebird habitat has been closed off to beach recreation.
June 20, 2014

Area Closed

USGS scientists are working to model shorebird habitat availability both today and in the future, given processes like sea-level rise, in an effort to support the efficient management of beaches for both people and nesting shorebirds. This photo shows an area on the Rockaway Peninsula where high quality shorebird habitat has been closed off to beach recreation.

Gateway National Recreation Area shown here on the Rockaway Peninsula adjacent to New York City.
June 19, 2014

Gateway National Recreation Area shown here on the Rockaway Peninsula

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 a high human-presence, such as the Gateway National Recreation Area

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Piping plover adult and two chicks
June 9, 2014

Piping plover parent and chicks

A piping plover parent and chicks.

buoy instrumented to collect meteorological observations is recovered off Fire Island, NY
May 3, 2014

Buoy recovery off Fire Island, NY

A buoy instrumented to collect meteorological observations is recovered off Fire Island, NY in 2014.  The data collected is part of a study of the coastal processes that mobilize and transport sediment in the region
 

A remotely operated vessel starts a survey at dawn off Fire Island, NY
May 3, 2014

Dawn operations off Fire Island, NY

A remotely operated vessel starts a survey at dawn off Fire Island, NY in 2014.  The data collected is part of a study of the coastal processes that mobilize and transport sediment in the region

Photograph of USGS tilt current meter (white cylinder) in overwash channel in the Sandwich Town Beach
March 26, 2014

USGS tilt current meter (white cylinder) in overwash channel

USGS tilt current meter (white cylinder) in overwash channel in the Sandwich Town Beach flooded during a Nor'Easter in March 2014

Image of R/V Connecticut's deck loaded with oceanographic equipment.
February 6, 2014

Oceanographic equipment covering the R/V Connecticut's deck

Every inch of the deck of the R/V Connecticut is covered by instrumented platforms awaiting deployment on the seafloor south of Fire Island NY in winter 2014.