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Date published: August 27, 2015

New Sea-Level Rise Handbook Highlights Science and Models for Non-Scientists

Coastal managers and planners now have access to a new U.S. Geological Survey handbook that, for the first time, comprehensively describes the various models used to study and predict sea-level rise and its potential impacts on coasts.

Date published: July 22, 2015

Climate Change Reduces Coral Reefs’ Ability to Protect Coasts

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Coral reefs, under pressure from climate change and direct human activity, may have a reduced ability to protect tropical islands against wave attack, erosion and salinization of drinking water resources, which help to sustain life on those islands.

Date published: July 21, 2015

Detailed Flood Information Key to More Reliable Coastal Storm Impact Estimates

CORAM, N.Y. -- A new study that looked in part at how damage estimates evolve following a storm puts the total amount of building damage caused by Hurricane Sandy for all evaluated counties in New York at $23 billion. Estimates of damage by county ranged from $380 million to $5.9 billion.

Date published: July 1, 2015

Sound Waves, March - June 2015

The stories in the March - June 2015 issue of Sound Waves:

Date published: June 30, 2015

USGS Names New Director of St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Cheryl J. Hapke begins work this week as the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center.

Date published: March 18, 2015

Dive In – Explore Thousands of Coastal and Seafloor Images

Thousands of photos and videos of the seafloor and coastline—most areas never seen before—are now available and easily accessible online. This is critical for coastal managers to make important decisions, ranging from protecting habitats to understanding hazards and managing land use.

Date published: March 16, 2015

Frozen Heat Features USGS Science

The Gas Hydrates Project at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contributed to a four-year international effort by multiple partners, including the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), to formulate a just-released report entitled, “Frozen Heat: A Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates.”

Date published: March 12, 2015

North Carolina Storm-Tide Sensor Network Strengthened

Vital coastal storm-tide information needed to help guide storm response efforts following major storms affecting North Carolina will be more accessible than ever due to a new monitoring network the U.S. Geological Survey is currently building.

Date published: March 1, 2015

Sound Waves, January - February 2015

The stories in the January - February 2015 issue of Sound Waves:

Date published: September 15, 2014

Media Advisory: USGS to Host Congressional Briefing: #StrongAfterSandy--The Science Supporting the Department of the Interior’s Response

Department of the Interior scientists are generating and sharing critical information to aid the recovery of the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, helping to protect our valuable coastal resources and to make communities more resilient against future extreme storms.

Date published: September 9, 2014

Ocean Warming Affecting Florida Reefs

Late-summer water temperatures near the Florida Keys were warmer by nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit in the last several decades compared to a century earlier, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: August 25, 2014

Natural Methane Seepage on U.S. Atlantic Ocean Margin Widespread

Natural methane leakage from the seafloor is far more widespread on the U.S. Atlantic margin than previously thought, according to a study by researchers from Mississippi State University, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other institutions.