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Date published: November 23, 2020

SPCMSC Research Oceanographer Participates in University of South Florida Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR) Panel Discussion

On November 12, 2020, SPCMSC Research Oceanographer Meg Palmsten served as a panelist in the session titled  “Technology-enhanced Community Engagement and Data Viewing Tools & Strategies.” 

Date published: November 20, 2020

Aligning International Initiatives for Promoting and Assessing FAIR Data

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) Data Maturity Model Working Group: Aligning Initiatives for Promoting and Assessing FAIR Data.

Date published: November 5, 2020

Coastal Change Hazards Team Forecasted Hurricane Zeta Beach Impacts

As Hurricane Zeta approached the US Gulf Coast, the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Team produced a series of forecasts for impacts on the beach. The model forecasts the probability of collision, overwash and inundation (pCOI) along sandy beaches of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Forecasts were updated daily based on wave and storm surge forecasts from NOAA. 


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Increasing threat of coastal groundwater hazards from sea-level rise in California

Projected sea-level rise will raise coastal water tables, resulting in groundwater hazards that threaten shallow infrastructure and coastal ecosystem resilience. Here we model a range of sea-level rise scenarios to assess the responses of water tables across the diverse topography and climates of the California coast. With 1 m of sea-level rise,...

Befus, K.M.; Barnard, Patrick L.; Hoover, Daniel J.; Finzi Hart, Juliette; Voss, Clifford I.

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Distribution of earthquakes on a branching fault system using integer programming and greedy sequential methods

A new global optimization method is used to determine the distribution of earthquakes on a complex, connected fault system. The method, integer programming, has been advanced in the field of operations research, but has not been widely applied to geophysical problems until recently. In this application, we determine the optimal distribution of...

Geist, Eric L.; Parsons, Thomas E.

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The predictive skills of elastic Coulomb rate-and-state aftershock forecasts during the 2019 Ridgecrest, California, earthquake sequence

Operational earthquake forecasting protocols commonly use statistical models for their recognized ease of implementation and robustness in describing the short-term spatiotemporal patterns of triggered seismicity. However, recent advances on physics-based aftershock forecasting reveal comparable performance to the standard statistical counterparts...

Mancini, Simone; Segou, Margarita; Werner, Maximillian J; Parsons, Thomas E.