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A selection of recent USGS coastal and marine social media posts

This article is part of the April-May 2019 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter

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USGS Storm Tide Sensors: Measuring Coastal Storm Tide and Flooding

USGS Storm Tide Sensors are specialized scientific instruments used to measure the depth and duration of storm surge during coastal storms. The data these sensors collect before, during and after a storm will help public officials assess storm damage, and improve computer models used to forecast storm surge and coastal change. FEMA and other federal, state and local agencies also use this data to steer relief efforts by pinpointing the areas hardest hit by storm tide flooding.


Recreational Water Quality

People love to play in water. The USGS works to ensure that water in our nation’s streams, lakes, and oceans are suitable for the moments when you just need to jump in.


Sea Turtle Diseases

Today on World Turtle Day learn about research on sea turtle diseases.


M 9.5 - 1960 Great Chilean Earthquake (Valdivia Earthquake)

The largest earthquake ever recorded, the M 9.5 - Bio-Bio, Chile earthquake happened May 22, 1960. The tsunami created by the earthquake caused severe damage and deaths in Hawaii.


May is American Wetlands Month

Wetlands are transitional areas, sandwiched between permanently flooded deepwater environments and well-drained uplands. They include mangroves, marshes, swamps, forested wetlands, bogs, wet prairies, prairie potholes, and vernal pools. They often contain more plants and animals and produce more organic material than either the adjacent water or land areas.


South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is one of the largest restoration efforts in the United States. The Project is intended to restore and enhance wetlands in South San Francisco Bay.


Prehistoric Tsunamis in the Hawaiian Islands

Scientists found inland ocean sand deposits from a previously unknown tsunami striking many Hawaii islands about 670 years ago. Local emergency managers could use this research for risk reduction.


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