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Date published: November 29, 2018

Surveying deep-water habitats off US West Coast

Researchers from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC) participated in a research cruise to survey deep-water coral, sponge, and fish habitats off U.S. West Coast.

Date published: November 29, 2018

Studying flood hazards in San Juan, Puerto Rico

USGS scientists from Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, along with with NOAA, the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and Arrecifes Pro Ciudad, are using video imagery and wave measurements to study flood hazards in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Date published: November 19, 2018

The Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Aerial Imaging and Mapping Group Aids in Monitoring and Mapping the Kīlauea Volcanic Eruption

On May 3, 2018, Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, began an over three-month-long eruption. Tina Neal and the rest of her team at the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) have been spearheading all Kīlauea monitoring and data-analysis efforts, and continue to provide regular updates on the status...

Date published: November 1, 2018

USGS Images Gas Hydrates with 2,000 Kilometers of New Seismic Data on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Margin

In August 2018, the USGS Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) completed the Mid-Atlantic Resource Imaging Experiment (MATRIX), a three-week cruise that acquired more than 2,000 kilometers of multichannel seismic data between Hudson Canyon and Cape Hatteras on the U.S. Atlantic margin.

Date published: November 1, 2018

News Briefs - October-November 2018

Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

    Date published: November 1, 2018

    Large Underwater Experiment Shows that “Turbidity Currents” are Not Just Currents, but Involve Movement of the Seafloor Itself

    Turbidity currents have historically been described as fast-moving currents that sweep down submarine canyons, carrying sand and mud into the deep sea. But a new paper in Nature Communications shows that, rather than just consisting of sediment-laden seawater flowing over the seafloor, turbidity currents also...

    Date published: November 1, 2018

    Life in Total Darkness–Investigating Underwater Cave Ecosystems

    For more than 30 years, scientists have known that remarkably complex ecosystems thrive within underwater coastal caves, habitats that naturally contain no light and very little food or oxygen. Yet, almost nothing is known about the ecology of these systems.

    Date published: November 1, 2018

    Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - October-November 2018

    Recently USGS scientists visited more than 20 coastal and offshore locations, studying deep corals off the East Coast, restored beaches and dunes in New Jersey, mine tailings in Lake Superior, and much more.

    Date published: November 1, 2018

    The Development and Demise of Florida’s Coral Reefs

    A new study published in the journal Global Change Biology by scientists at the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center suggests that unlike most other reefs, the geological decline of Florida’s reefs preceded modern coral-reef degradation by at least 3,000 years.

    Date published: November 1, 2018

    Beach surveys to monitor change along northern Monterey Bay

    From October 9–15, USGS personnel surveyed beaches and the adjacent ocean floor along Monterey Bay’s northern coast.

    Date published: November 1, 2018

    Recent Publications - October-November 2018

    List of USGS publications on coastal and marine research, published between October and November of 2018