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Beach houses behind a sand dune at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
December 31, 2012

Dunes, Beach Towns and Resilience

Sand dunes in Avon on Cape Hatteras, NC are the only separation between many beach house communities and the Atlantic Ocean. 

 
 Westco discrete nutrient analyzer
December 17, 2012

Westco discrete nutrient analyzer

 Westco discrete nutrient analyzer measures low-levels of nutrients in water samples

a Virginia beach before and after Hurricane Sandy
November 9, 2012

a Virginia beach before and after Hurricane Sandy

Overwash processes caused by storms, like the one seen here following Hurricane Sandy on a barrier island in Virginia, push sand landward over dunes to create low-elevation, minimally vegetated sandy habitats used by a variety of species, like piping plovers.

Image: Multichannel Seismic Streamer Repair on the Helo Deck
August 27, 2012

Multichannel Seismic Streamer Repair on the Helo Deck

The streamer is flaked out on the deck with a make shift workbench for tools.  The technical staff (Geological Survey of Canada) are sharing a lighter moment during trouble shooting and repair aboard CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent. Adequate space for repair of the 100-m long system is not available in heated interior spaces.  Being able to repair equipment outdoors in

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Photograph of lobster, sponges, and brachiopods
August 24, 2012

Lobster

Digital still photograph from Ipswich Bay near Salisbury, MA, showing a lobster, sponges, and brachiopods, on cobbles and ledge covered with bubblegum algae and red filamentous algae.  A thin veneer of coarse sand and gravelly sediment partially cover the rocks. Water depth at this location is approximately 24 meters.

Sunrise with a recently deployed buoy measuring meteorological data off Fire Island, NY
January 26, 2012

Fire Island, NY sunrise

 Sunrise with a recently deployed buoy measuring meteorological data off Fire Island, NY in 2012.  The data collected is part of a study of the coastal processes that mobilize and transport sediment in the region

Anti-fouling treatment is applied to a sensor on a platform
January 26, 2012

Anti-fouling treatment is applied to a sensor on a platform

Anti-fouling treatment is applied to a sensor on a platform about to be deployed off Fire Island, NY in 2012.  The data collected is part of a study of the coastal processes that mobilize and transport sediment in the region

Map of Worldwide distribution of observed and inferred gas hydrates
December 31, 2011

Worldwide distribution of observed and inferred gas hydrates

Worldwide distribution of observed and inferred gas hydrates in marine and permafrost-associated settings that have been the subject of drilling programs. The color coding refers to the primary sediment type in each location and therefore designates the likely type of gas hydrate reservoir at each site.