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Date published: May 31, 2017

Recent Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - May 2017

USGS scientists visited more than 13 locations in the last month, studying methane seeps, mapping beaches with drones, collecting seafloor samples, and much more. 

Date published: May 18, 2017

In Next Decades, Frequency of Coastal Flooding Will Double Globally

The frequency and severity of coastal flooding throughout the world will increase rapidly and eventually double in frequency over the coming decades even with only moderate amounts of sea level rise, according to a new study released today in “Scientific Reports.”

Date published: April 30, 2017

Sound Waves Newsletter - April 2017

Coral reef erosion leaves coastal communities at risk, new report published on the seaward extent of remaining Arctic subsea permafrost, USGS researchers complete the Unmanned Aerial Systems certification training, Guy Gelfenbaum takes over as director of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Robert Rosenbauer retires from the USGS, and more in this April 2017 issue of Sound...

Date published: April 30, 2017

Bob Rosenbauer Retires as Science Center Director

On January 7, 2017, Robert (Bob) Rosenbauer retired from the USGS after more than 42 years of public service. 
 

Date published: April 30, 2017

Seafloor Erosion in Coral Reef Ecosystems Leaves Coastal Communities at Risk

A new USGS study of changing sea depths at five large coral reef tracts in Florida, the Caribbean, and Hawai'i, found the seafloor is eroding in all five places, placing coastal communities protected by the reefs at increased risk from storms, waves, and erosion. 

Date published: April 30, 2017

New Director of Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

On January 9, 2017, Guy Gelfenbaum took over as director of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz and Menlo Park, California. Gelfenbaum replaced Robert (Bob) Rosenbauer, who led the center for more than six years until his retirement.
 

Date published: April 30, 2017

Coastal and Marine Geology is Airborne!

A number of Coastal and Marine Geology researchers have completed the Unmanned Aerial Systems certification classes held by the Department of Interior Office of Aviation Safety and the USGS Unmanned Aerial Systems program, creating a fast and inexpensive way to make accurate three-dimensional maps and take aerial photos.
 

Date published: April 30, 2017

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - April 2017

USGS scientists studied eight locations in California, Florida, Massachusetts, and Panama in the past month, investigating wetland changes after a winter storm, coral reefs, peat cores, and much more. Here’s a quick overview of some fieldwork by our researchers.

Date published: April 30, 2017

Subsea Permafrost and Associated Methane Hydrate on the U.S. Arctic Ocean Margin

A new publication by USGS and BOEM provides the most complete information to date about the seaward extent of remaining subsea permafrost and possible relict gas hydrate beneath the U.S. Beaufort Sea margin at the edge of the Arctic Ocean.
 

Date published: April 20, 2017

Sea Floor Erosion in Coral Reef Ecosystems Leaves Coastal Communities at Risk

In the first ecosystem-wide study of changing sea depths at five large coral reef tracts in Florida, the Caribbean and Hawai’i, U.S. Geological Survey researchers found the sea floor is eroding in all five places, and the reefs cannot keep pace with sea level rise. As a result, coastal communities protected by the reefs are facing increased risks from storms, waves and erosion.