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Date published: April 24, 2019

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center staff contribute to 4th National Climate Assessment

Ocean and coastal ecosystems in the northeast are being affected by large changes in a variety of climate-related environmental conditions. 

Date published: April 24, 2019

International Gas Hydrate Workshop held in Tromso, Norway

The 2019 Sedimentary Gas Hydrate Workshop held in Tromso, Norway brought together early-career researchers and international experts. Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Research Geophysicist, Bill Waite, who has spent his career being thrilled,...

Date published: April 24, 2019

Ocean engineer gives students a tour of USGS facilities

Schools are welcome to contact USGS about tours in Santa Cruz, California.

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Year Published: 2019

Mercury speciation and retention in a salt marsh undergoing long-term fertilization

Experimental plots in Great Sippewissett Marsh (Falmouth, MA USA) have been undergoing long-term (>48 years) fertilization through the application of commercial sewage sludge-based fertilizer. The experimental treatment focuses on the effect of added nitrogen on the salt marsh plots, but also supplies mercury (Hg)...

Lamborg, Carl; Mincer, Tracy; Buchanan, William; Collins, Caroline; Swarr, Gretchen; Ganguli, Priya M.; Whalen, Kristen; Bothner, Michael H.; Valiela, Ivan

Year Published: 2019

Geochemical sourcing of runoff from a young volcanic watershed to an impacted coral reef in Pelekane Bay, Hawaii

Runoff of sediment and other contaminants from developed watersheds threatens coastal ecosystems and services. A sediment geochemical sourcing study was undertaken on a sediment-impacted coral reef flat to identify terrestrial sediment sources and how these changed over time. Geochemical signatures were identified for watershed...

Takesue, Renee K.; Storlazzi, Curt D.
Takesue R.T., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2019, Geochemical sourcing of runoff from a young volcanic watershed to an impacted coral reef in Pelekane Bay, Hawaii: Science of the Total Environment, v. 649, p. 353-363, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.282.

Year Published: 2018

Controls on submarine canyon head evolution: Monterey Canyon, offshore central California

The Monterey submarine canyon, incised across the continental shelf in Monterey Bay, California, provides a record of the link between onshore tectonism, fluvial transport, and deep-marine deposition. High-resolution seismic-reflection imaging in Monterey Bay reveals an extensive paleocanyon unit buried below the seafloor of the continental shelf...

Maier, Katherine L.; Johnson, Samuel Y.; Hart, Patrick E.
Maier, K.L., Johnson, S.Y., and Hart, P., 2018, Controls on submarine canyon head evolution—Monterey Canyon, offshore central California: Marine Geology, v. 404, p. 24-40.