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Date published: October 9, 2018

USGS: Hurricane surge likely to erode 75% of Florida Panhandle beaches

One-fourth of beachfront could be inundated by large storm waves, experts predict

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Michael, visit the USGS Hurricane Michael page at

Date published: October 5, 2018

Large underwater experiment in Monterey Canyon shows turbidity currents involve seafloor movement

Large underwater experiment in California’s Monterey Canyon shows that “turbidity currents” are not just currents, but involve movement of the seafloor itself.

Date published: October 4, 2018

USGS Southeast Region Workshop: Documenting the multiple facets of a subsiding landscape from coastal cities and wetlands to the continental shelf

Workshop brings together USGS scientists from a variety of disciplines to identify current strengths and weakness in subsidence-related research.

Date published: September 28, 2018

Sound Waves Newsletter - September 2018

Elwha River is still changing 5 years after two dams were removed, interagency drone pilots assist USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in monitoring and mapping efforts of the Kīlauea eruption, DOI award goes to Elwha River Science Team for their work to understand and explain the effects of dam removal on the Elwha River in Washington, and more in this September 2018 issue of Sound Waves...

Date published: September 28, 2018

Moving Mountains: Elwha River Still Changing Five Years After World’s Largest Dam-Removal Project

Starting in 2011, the National Park Service removed two obsolete dams, the world’s largest dam-removal project to date. Over the next five years, water carrying newly freed rocks, sand, silt, and old tree trunks reshaped more than 13 miles of river and built a larger delta into the Pacific Ocean.

Date published: September 27, 2018

USGS surveys the southern Monterey Bay coast to study changing beaches

From September 12–14, scientists from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center used all-terrain vehicles and small watercraft to map the sand on beaches and under the water in southern Monterey Bay.

Date published: September 21, 2018

CMHRP Lidar Coordinator invited to present at URISA GIS-Pro 2018 Conference

Xan Fredericks, Lidar Coordinator for the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program, has been invited as a subject matter expert to present a fundamental overview of GIS Conceptual Foundations, as well as Cartography & Visualization, at the 56th Annual URISA GIS-Pro Conference in Palm...

Date published: September 21, 2018

Congressman Jimmy Panetta visits USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

On September 18, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (20th district, California) and staffer Emmanuel Garcia visited the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz.

Date published: September 20, 2018

Seismic Research Cruise Provides New Data on U.S. Atlantic Margin Gas Hydrates

Data acquired by the U.S. Geological Survey on the U.S. Atlantic Margin in August 2018 reveal new information about the distribution of gas hydrates in the sector stretching from the upper continental slope to deep water areas offshore New Jersey to North Carolina.