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Video cameras help forecast coastal change, USGS Monitors Huge Landslides on California's Big Sur Coast, Coastal change caused by Hurricane Irma, and more in this August-October 2017 issue of Sound Waves.

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The stories in the August-October 2017 issue of Sound Waves:

Cover Story

Eyes on the Coast—Video Cameras Help Forecast Coastal Change
Coastal communities count on beaches for recreation and for protection from large waves, but beaches are vulnerable to threats such as erosion by storms and flooding. Whether beaches grow, shrink, or even disappear depends in part on what happens just offshore. How do features like shifting sandbars affect waves, currents, and the movement of sand from the beach to offshore and back?

News Briefs

Highlighted Coastal and Marine Research News from Across the USGS


USGS Monitors Huge Landslides on California's Big Sur Coast, Shares Information with California Department of Transportation
On May 20, 2017, more than 2 million cubic meters of rock and dirt—enough to fill a line of dump trucks nearly a thousand miles long—collapsed down the steep slopes at Mud Creek on California’s Big Sur coast, about 140 miles south of San Francisco. A pile of rubble almost a third of a mile wide buried California State Highway 1 over 65 feet deep and added about 13 acres of new land to the coast.

Recent Fieldwork
USGS scientists visited more than 40 coastal and offshore locations in recent months, studying hurricane damage, coastal landslides, methane seeps, and much more.


Before and After: Coastal Change Caused by Hurricane Irma
New high-angle oblique photos of portions of Florida’s beaches taken before and after Hurricane Irma made landfall and swept up the state show the impact of the hurricane’s storm surge and waves. These NOAA images document changes to the coast after the storm, helping the USGS fine-tune its coastal-change forecasting model.


USGS Oceanographer Invited as Keynote Speaker for International Conference
Research Oceanographer Joseph Long of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center will travel to Delft, Netherlands, to be a keynote speaker at the upcoming XBeachX conference, which takes place November 1–3.


USGS Researcher awarded 2018 Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship by Australian Academy of Science
Research microbiologist Christina Kellogg (USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center) was recognized as a prominent international scientist by the Australian Academy of Science and awarded the 2018 Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship.

Staff and Center News

Switching Hemispheres-Pete Dal Ferro and Melissa Foley Take Jobs in New Zealand
It’s a bittersweet feeling losing good employees to other jobs, especially employees so valuable to the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC) in Santa Cruz, California. 


New Report Synthesizes U.S. Dam-Removal Studies
The rate of dam removal in the U.S. has increased over past decades, motivating a working group at the USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis to review available dam-removal studies. The synthesis of their findings, “Dam removal: Listening in,” appeared July 31 in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) journal Water Resources Research. The abstract is given here.

Recent Publications
List of USGS publications on coastal and marine research


Archive of past issues of Sound Waves (1999-2018)