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Date published: February 9, 2017

Gas Hydrate Breakdown Unlikely to Cause Massive Greenhouse Gas Release

A recent interpretive review of scientific literature performed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Rochester sheds light on the interactions of gas hydrates and climate.

Date published: January 25, 2017

Florida Corals Tell of Cold Spells and Dust Bowls Past, Foretell Weather to Come

Boulder corals in the waters of Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles from Key West, contain evidence that confirms a centuries-old sea temperature cycle linked to rains, droughts and hurricanes.

Date published: January 24, 2017

New Technique Quickly Predicts Salt Marsh Vulnerability

If coastal salt marshes are like savings accounts, with sediment as the principal, all eight Atlantic and Pacific coast salt marshes studied are "in the red," researchers found.

Date published: January 19, 2017

Gelfenbaum Selected as New Director of USGS Pacific Marine Studies

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Guy Gelfenbaum as the new director of their Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California Gelfenbaum succeeds Dr. Robert Rosenbauer who held the position for the past six years. Rosenbauer is retiring to a Scientist Emeritus position.

Date published: January 12, 2017

Media Advisory: Mapping Beach Changes Caused by Recent Storms

On January 13, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will be working on the beach in Santa Cruz at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River. Using a sonar-equipped boat and personal watercraft, they will be surveying the beach and the nearby ocean bottom to compile a three-dimensional map of how the beach changed during storms that struck this week.

Date published: December 30, 2016

International Recognition for Historic Elwha River Restoration

The collaborative work of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to restore the Elwha River of Washington, USA, was recognized as a world-renowned restoration project during the awarding of the 2016 Thiess International Riverprize.

Date published: December 30, 2016

USGS Participates in SACNAS National Conference

This year the annual conference was held in Long Beach, California, from October 13–15, 2016.

Date published: December 30, 2016

A Spotlight on the Enigmatic Atlantic Canyons

Six USGS scientists presented their research at the 6th International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals in September, 2016. This all-female force hailed from USGS centers in West Virginia, California, and Florida.

Date published: December 30, 2016

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - October-November 2016

USGS scientists visited more than 20 locations in October and November 2016, studying Hurricane Matthew effects, coral growth, earthquake history, and much more. Here’s a quick review of some coastal and offshore fieldwork by our researchers.

Date published: December 30, 2016

USGS Scientists Participate in Indian Ocean Gas Hydrates Drilling

During the summer of 2015, USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program personnel participated in the Indian Government’s National Gas Hydrates Program (NGHP-02) drilling expedition offshore from eastern India.

Date published: December 30, 2016

Sound Waves Newsletter - October-December 2016

Before-and-after Hurricane Matthew coastal photos of the southeastern states, working with Indian government’s gas hydrates drilling expedition, using historical photos to measure coastal erosion, identifying stable areas of the seafloor for wind turbines, USGS participates in summertime Science Stroll event on Cape Cod, and more and this issue October-December 2016 issue of Sound Waves...

Date published: December 30, 2016

James Hein Wins Prestigious Moore Medal Award from the International Marine Minerals Society

Research geologist is awarded for his 43-year scientific career dedicated to the study of marine minerals with the USGS.