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Date published: June 22, 2021

Climate change will continue preventing coral reef growth in subtropics

Based on new research, USGS scientists predict future climate change will continue to suppress coral reef growth in the subtropics.

Date published: June 18, 2021

SPCMSC Research Geologist publishes journal article describing a new multi-century record using clam shells as proxy for northern North Atlantic marine climate

USGS Research Geologist Madelyn Mette led a recent manuscript with coauthors in academia, titled “Persistent multidecadal variability since the 15th century in the southern Barents Sea derived from annually resolved shell-based records.”

Date published: June 16, 2021

Successful First Virtual COAWST Modeling System Training

The COAWST (Coupled-Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave-Sediment Transport) modeling system is an open-source tool that combines many sophisticated models that each provide earth-system components necessary to investigate the dynamics of coastal storm impacts.

Date published: June 11, 2021

SPCMSC scientist interviewed for story about using Landsat to study coastal wetlands

SPCMSC geologist Julie Bernier was interviewed for an outreach story, "Keeping an Eye on Vulnerable Coastal Wetlands," that was released by the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

Date published: June 11, 2021

SPCMSC scientists travel to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to conduct DUNEX research

SPCMSC Research Geologist Jennifer Miselis and Operations scientist Andy Farmer will conduct a geophysical survey at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Field Research Facility in Duck, NC as part of DUNEX.

Date published: June 11, 2021

SPCMSC Scientists Investigate Shoreface and Shelf Change Offshore of Mid-Atlantic Barrier Islands

SPCMSC scientist Emily Wei and operations personnel Andrew Farmer, BJ Reynolds, and Chelsea Stalk will be collecting high-resolution bathymetric data from the barrier systems of Rockaway, New York, and Seven Mile Island, New Jersey, to study their evolution.

Date published: June 11, 2021

Study shows how beach and dune nourishment can mitigate the long-term impacts of storms and sea-level rise on barrier islands

Research conducted by USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) and NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) assesses the effectiveness of beach and dune nourishment on barrier island morphological resilience.

Date published: June 9, 2021

Woods Hole Annual Report Wins 1st Place NAGC Blue Pencil Award

Each year, the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) holds the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition, an international awards program that recognizes superior government communication products and those who produce them. It is open to federal, tribal, military, state, regional, county, municipal, and all other government entities. 

Date published: June 7, 2021

USGS Publishes a Joint Report with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on Sediment Management Impacts to Barrier Island Systems

On June 1, 2021, USGS and USFWS published a joint report in response to a request from the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources to evaluate the impacts of sediment removal and placement within barrier island systems.

Date published: June 3, 2021

SPCMSC scientists to present at the State of the Coast 2021 conference

SPCMSC geologists are giving presentations on research of recent geomorphologic changes at the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, at the virtual State of the Coast 2021 conference held June 2–4, 2021.

Date published: June 2, 2021

USGS, FWS Report Highlights Impacts of Sediment Management on Barrier Islands, Wildlife and Ecosystems

Coastal sediment management practices, such as dredging and beach nourishment, can have beneficial and detrimental impacts on the physical and ecological resiliency of barrier islands, particularly when sediment is removed from one barrier island system and placed in another, according to a report released today.

Date published: June 1, 2021

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: Determining the Vulnerability and Resilience of the New Jersey Barrier Island System

Hurricane Sandy, one of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history, significantly affected the mid Atlantic coast in 2012. In New Jersey, where Sandy made landfall, much of the coast consists of barrier islands - narrow stretches of sand deposited parallel to the mainland coast – that were deeply eroded, overwashed and in places breached by the storm.