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photograph of a beach at the Cape Cod National Seashore with two humans walking with a balloon against dunes in the background
February 4, 2021

Helikite Surveying

The Helikite in action, being walked by USGS scientist Chris Sherwood and WHOI scientist Peter Traykovski, the helium powered balloon kite will be used to survey the DUNEX experiment site.

Photograph of USG lab manager analyzing pore water samples
December 31, 2020

Analyzing Pore Water Samples

Lab Manager, Adrian Mann, analyzes pore water samples on an Ion Chromatograph.

Photograph of USGS staff collecting data in a marsh
December 31, 2020

Field Collections at Head of the Meadow Bay, MA

Remote-Sensing Coastal Change project field collections at the Head of the Meadow Bay in Massachusetts.

Photograph of a scuba diver in Double Keyhole Cave, Tampa Bay, FL
December 31, 2020

Double Keyhole Cave Diving

Bobby Scharping, a post-doctoral scholar working with scientists from the USGS (John Pohlman) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Stefan Sievert and Matt Charette), documents the environmental conditions where he as emplaced an acoustic current meter and multi-sensor package 90 feet underwater AND underground in Double Keyhole Cave near the coastline of Tampa Bay

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Photograph of USGS scientist collecting water samples in a marsh
December 31, 2020

Collecting Water Samples

USGS samples water within wetlands to understand which environmental drivers impact carbon cycle and sediment accretion. Here USGS staff (Jennifer O'Keefe Suttles) pumps water from at Phragmites wetland, Mashpee, MA, to analyze at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Environmental Geochemistry lab.

Photograph of scientist analyzing sediment carbon
December 31, 2020

Analyzing Sediment Carbon

WHOI/MIT PhD. Student, Sheron Luk, analyses sediment carbon on an Elemental Analyzer at Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center.

a man on the beach with bags and poles touching a small yellow boat
November 22, 2020

Deploying the Autonomous Surf Vehicle at Pea Island

The USGS will be using an autonomous surf vehicle, built by Peter Traykovski of WHOI, to map the bathymetry of the Pea Island DUNEX Experiment Site. 

a small yellow boat on green brown water with waves breaking
November 20, 2020

Autonomous Surf Vehicle in Action

The autonomous surf vehicle, built and controlled remotely  by Peter Traykovski of WHOI, is used to map the bathymetry of the Pea Island DUNEX Experiment Site. 

USGS employee measures water chemistry underwater in Double Keyhole Cave, FL
November 8, 2020

Measuring water chemistry in Double Keyhole Cave, FL

Robert Scharping, a post-doctoral fellow jointly appointed by the USGS and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) measures water chemistry 40’ underwater and underground in Double Keyhole Cave near the coastline of Tampa Bay Florida. Robert is identifying the microbes and chemical conditions supporting chemosynthetic production of organic matter that is expelled

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Photograph of USGS staff in the marsh wearing masks
June 8, 2020

Social distancing in the field

Safety is a top priority. USGS staff recently improved access to field sites at the Herring River estuary within the Cape Cod National Seashore to provide safer paths through a phragmites wetland. Research continues largely through deployment of instruments that can take measurements in water and air continuously, but some measurements do require staff, who are

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Photograph of USGS scientist on a ladder checking equipment
May 21, 2020

Rebecca Sanders-DeMott performing maintenance on an eddy flux tower

Instruments continue to collect vital data during workplace closures. Here staff perform maintenance on an eddy flux tower located within a phragmites wetland at the Cape Cod National Seashore. The instruments on this tower measure methane and CO2 fluxes related to plant and soil processes day in and day out for the entire year. This information is critical for

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