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Date published: May 31, 2019

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is Here, USGS is Ready

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, and the U.S. Geological Survey is prepared to provide science that can help guide efforts to protect lives and property if a major storm makes landfall this season.

Date published: May 30, 2019

CMHRP Lidar Coordinator/USGS Co-Chair of Florida Coastal Mapping Program presenting at 2019 JALBTCX Airborne Coastal Mapping and Charting Technical Workshop

Xan Fredericks, Lidar Coordinator for the Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Program and the USGS Co-Chair for the Florida Coastal Mapping Program, will present "A Federal-State Partnership for Mapping Florida's Coast and Seafloor" at the 20th annual Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) Airborne Coastal Mapping and Charting Technical Workshop.

Date published: May 30, 2019

SPCMSC scientist contributing to NSF Research Coordination Network on Coral Bleaching

Ilsa Kuffner, Research Marine Biologist from St. Petersburg Coastal & Marine Science Center, is participating in a National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network to make experimental design recommendations to advance understanding of coral bleaching.

Date published: May 30, 2019

SPCMSC scientists to present at Coastal Sediments '19 conference

SPCMSC scientists Julie Bernier, Noreen Buster, Kara Doran, Karen Morgan, and Tim Nelson will present their research at the Coastal Sediments '19 conference, May 27–31, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Research Geologist Jennifer Miselis, co-author with Bernier and Buster, will also be attending. 

Date published: May 29, 2019

Challenges of predicting coastal impacts of sea level rise (SLR) in northeastern United States

 The impacts of future sea level rise (SLR) are challenging to predict because they are not the same everywhere.  Coastal environments and the amount of development vary—from marshes, beaches, and rocky headlands to cities, towns and beach communities—and so does how the coast responds to SLR. 

Date published: May 29, 2019

USGS and NOAA merge collections to create new high-resolution, broad-scale geologic maps of the seafloor

USGS and NOAA collaborate to create high-resolution maps on the Atlantic continental shelf between Delaware and Virginia.

Date published: May 29, 2019

USGS participates in Puget Sound Day on the Hill

Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center director Guy Gelfenbaum and NW Region Staff Scientist Bill Labiosa represented the USGS in the Puget Sound Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C. May 14 - 16, 2019.

Date published: May 26, 2019

Magnitude 8.0 Earthquake in Peru

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck north-central Peru on May 26, 2019 at 2:41 am local time (07:41 UTC). 

Date published: May 23, 2019

New paper reveals microbiomes of stony and soft deep-sea corals share rare core bacteria

Dr. Christina Kellogg (SPCMSC Research Microbiologist) will publish a paper in the journal Microbiome based on a meta-analysis of datasets from 7 species of deep-sea corals.

Date published: May 17, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY: Low-Level Flights in Charleston to Image Buried Faults and Ancient Lava Flows

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project.  Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Date published: May 17, 2019

Collaborative research will advance knowledge on coastal erosion hazards of marsh shorelines and the impact of living shorelines

Coastal wetland loss has been well documented and attributed to many factors, including increased shoreline erosion from human activities, sea level rise, and storms.