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USGS oceanographer Dan Hoover explained how USGS coastal surveys are conducted and why they are important in a radio interview with NPR affiliate KCLU. KCLU was one of several outlets that reported on USGS surveys of beaches and the adjacent seafloor in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

From March 27–30, USGS scientists measured beach topography and seafloor bathymetry to better understand long-term coastal changes. The study area included Montecito, California, which was devastated on January 9 by debris flows that killed 21 people. That storm provided the largest sediment input by far since the USGS began surveying the area twice yearly—every spring and fall—in 2005. Mapping results from these surveys are incorporated into models of future coastal change to help California communities plan to protect their coastlines. The Ventura County Reporter and ABC-affiliate KEYT also reported the surveys.

Beach with large rock rip-rap lining the low bluff near homes, sand has footprints going to and fro.
Footprints in mud layer deposited on the sand at Miramar Beach in Montecito, California, by January 9 flood waters coming down San Ysidro Creek.(Credit: Daniel Hoover, USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. Public domain.)

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