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Date published: March 31, 2017

Severe Erosion on U.S. West Coast during 2015–16 El Niño

The 2015–16 El Niño was one of the most powerful of the last 145 years, according to a new coastal-erosion study by USGS scientists and colleagues from universities and state agencies.

Date published: March 31, 2017

News Briefs - March 2017

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This article is part of the March 2017 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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Date published: March 31, 2017

Sound Waves Newsletter - March 2017

New USGS coastal erosion study shows the 2015–16 El Niño was extremely powerful, USGS research ecologist co-leads an expedition aboard the NOAA vessel Okeanos Explorer, staff from the USGS CWPPRA participate in the 8th annual World Wetlands Day, Rob Thieler is the new director of the USGS WHCMSC, Mendenhall Research Fellows bring new talent, and more in this March 2017 issue of Sound Waves....

March 31, 2017

Sound Waves Newsletter - March 2017

New USGS coastal erosion study shows the 2015–16 El Niño was extremely powerful, USGS research ecologist co-leads an expedition aboard the NOAA vessel Okeanos Explorer, staff from the USGS CWPPRA participate in the 8th annual World Wetlands Day, Rob Thieler is the new director of the USGS WHCMSC, Mendenhall Research Fellows bring new talent, and more in this March 2017 issue of Sound Waves.

Date published: March 31, 2017

USGS Science Enriched by Mendenhall Research Fellows

Mendenhall Research Fellows, who come to USGS through the Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program, are bringing new talents and skills to the Coastal and Marine Geology Program. 

Date published: March 31, 2017

New Director of Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Rob Thieler is the new director of the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Massachusetts.

Date published: March 31, 2017

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Outreach Program Educates Public about Wetlands of Louisiana

Staff from the USGS CWPPRA participate in the 8th annual World Wetlands Day to educate school children and the public about the importance of wetlands.

Date published: March 31, 2017

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - March 2017

USGS scientists visited five states and the British Virgin Islands in the past month, studying tsunami deposits, eelgrass habitat, storm damage, and much more. Here’s a quick overview of some coastal and offshore fieldwork by our researchers.

Date published: March 31, 2017

Discovering the Deep: Exploring Remote Pacific Marine Protected Areas

In March USGS research ecologist Amanda Demopoulos co-led an expedition aboard the NOAA vessel Okeanos Explorer to investigate unknown and poorly known deep-water areas in two marine protected areas in the Pacific Ocean.

Date published: March 27, 2017

Disappearing Beaches: Modeling Shoreline Change in Southern California

Using a newly-developed computer model called “CoSMoS-COAST” (Coastal Storm Modeling System – Coastal One-line Assimilated Simulation Tool) scientists predict that with limited human intervention, 31 to 67 percent of Southern California beaches may become completely eroded (up to existing coastal infrastructure or sea-cliffs) by the year 2100 under scenarios of sea-level rise of one to two meters.

Date published: March 20, 2017

Preparing for Tsunami Hazards on Washington’s Pacific Coast

Hours before Japan was struck by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and the ensuing catastrophic tsunami, John Schelling spoke at a public meeting in the coastal community of Oceans Shores, Washington, about preparing for tsunami hazards. The few dozen people attending the meeting went home that evening and watched in horror as the events in Japan unfolded.