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Photograph of flooded airport runway  in Barter Island, Alaska
September 19, 2015

Flooded airport runway in Barter Island, Alaska

This flooded airport runway used to be the main lifeline for inhabitants of Barter Island, Alaska, before it was relocated in response to consistent flooding.

Preview image of swath bathymetric grid collected offshore of Fire Island, NY
September 10, 2015

Swath Bathymetric Grid

This bathymetric grid represents approximately 3900 kilometers of bathymetric data collected in 2014. These data were collected using a dual-head R2Sonic 2024 multibeam echosounder (MBES) by Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey, Inc., during USGS field activity 2014-072-FA. These bathymetric data were used to determine the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the inner continental shelf

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USGS scientists walk through a tern colony USGS scientists walk through a tern colony
July 15, 2015

USGS scientists walk through a tern colony

USGS scientists walk through a tern colony on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge (MA). Here, these scientists are using ecogeomorphological models to predict how this refuge will be impacted by sea-level rise and how that will ultimately effect shorebirds.

Piping plover chicks concealed on a sandy beach
July 8, 2015

Piping plover chicks concealed on a sandy beach

Piping plover chicks are well concealed in shallow nests on sandy beaches.

Image of Piping Plover nest
May 30, 2015

Piping Plover Nest

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 a piping plover nest with eggs - the landscape characteristics immediately surrounding this nest was recorded in the data

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Barnegat Bay residence times in days
April 14, 2015

Barnegat Bay residence times in days

Barnegat Bay residence times in days for (a) scenario T, only tidal forcing; (b) scenario TB, combined offshore hydrodynamic forcing; (c) scenario TBR, streamflow with combined hydrodynamic forcing; and (d) scenario TBRM, full suite with meteorological forcing