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Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the eastern United States. Several large bays distinctly shape its coast. Boston is the largest city at the innermost point of Massachusetts Bay and the mouth of the Charles River. There are 50 cities and 301 towns in Massachusetts, grouped into 14 counties.

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

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New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

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New England WSC - MA

News

Nor'easter
March 1, 2018

USGS field crews are deploying storm-tide and wave sensors today from Maine to Delaware to track and study a Nor’easter forecasted to begin tomorrow.

Measuring high water mark - blizzard of January 2018 in New England
January 15, 2018

Significant flooding along the coast of Massachusetts occurred Thursday, January 4, 2018, caused by a powerful blizzard.  Peak storm surge of approximately 3.00 feet occurred at the astro high tide; and, according to the National Weather Service, is the highest since records began at the Boston tide station in 1921. 

Erika Lentz interview on Trunk River Beach, Falmouth. MA
January 11, 2018

Interview on future impacts of sea-level rise on Cape Cod with meteorologist Danielle Niles on Trunk River Beach, Falmouth, MA

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Date Published: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

Updating a Method to Estimate Probable High Groundwater Levels in Selected Areas of Massachusetts

Periodic high groundwater levels are a major cause of septic system-failures, wet basements, and other problems for suburban and rural residents in Massachusetts. High groundwater-level estimates for installation of on-site septic systems are mandated by State regulations.

Date Published: June 19, 2018

List of projects

Our projects listed by topics or themes.

Walls and carts of cores
Date Published: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository-Collections Management

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Samples Repository (Buczkowski, 2018) is to

1. serve as the USGS repository for geological, biological, and geochemical samples collected through field research sponsored by the WHCMSC,

2. provide long-term storage of these samples collected by WHCMSC scientists and affiliated researchers under controlled conditions to ensure...

K.O Emery Geotechnical Wing
Date Published: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository- Facilities

The USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center's Samples Repository is co-located on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Quissett Campus at 384 Woods Hole Road in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

The K.O. Emery Geotechnical Wing serves as the primary storage location for all geological, biological, and geochemical samples collected through USGS research, or in the permanent...

Image showing bathymetry of the southern Gulf of Maine with MA coastal zone boundary
Date Published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

Geologic Mapping of the Massachusetts Seafloor

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is conducting geologic mapping of the sea floor to characterize the surface and shallow subsurface geologic framework within the Massachusetts coastal zone. The long-term goal of this mapping effort is to produce high-resolution geologic maps and a Geographic Information System (GIS) that...

Seminar presentation
Date Published: May 25, 2018

New England WSC Seminar series

Introduction

The New England WSC has initiated a series of seminars to highlight diverse hydrographic assignments.

These seminars feature applications and speakers from different disciplines and are intended to share success stories from users who have solved real world problems.

Contacts: Matt Ely
Screenshot of the Flood Insurance Map
Date Published: May 18, 2018
Status: Active

Development of Flood Insurance Maps in New England

FEMA has requested USGS expertise in hydraulics, hydrology, and mapping to general Flood Insurance Maps for New England.

USGS
Date Published: May 18, 2018
Status: Active

Flow modeling at dam removal sites associated with Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Efforts

The purpose of this work is to better understand the effects of dam removal on local hydraulics, fish passage, and flooding. This study is part of a larger effort to monitor ecological resilience changes at nine Hurricane Sandy coastal resiliency aquatic connectivity restoration projects. It will contribute crucial knowledge that will be used to improve aquatic connectivity system cost-...

Seminar presentation
Date Published: May 2, 2018

New England WSC seminar series Elskus 20180502

Known in Turners Falls as ‘The Fish Lab’, the USGS Conte lab’s mission is the conservation of migratory fish.

Contacts: Matt Ely
Photo of Bird Bands in a Variety of Sizes and Types
Date Published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Bird Banding Laboratory

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

Fish Passage Conte
Date Published: February 15, 2018
Status: Active

Fish Passage

A major focus of USGS-LSC is the design and evaluation of state-of the-art upstream and downstream fish passage structures for hydropower facilities of different sizes and locations and for different fish species, including endangered sturgeons and Atlantic salmon. Performance, physiology, behavior and energetics of each fish species are tested in-house for each design.

Contacts: Alexander Haro
Seminar presentation
Date Published: February 13, 2018

New England WSC seminar series Lamontagne 20180213

Author provided a technical summary of work in flood frequency analysis in the context of the new Bulletin 17C procedure.

Contacts: Matt Ely
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Science Datasets
/data-tools/sea-floor-sediment-samples-seabed-imagery-and-ctd-instrument-data-collected-stellwagen

Sea-Floor Sediment Samples, Seabed Imagery, and CTD Instrument Data Collected on Stellwagen Bank in August 2017, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2017-043-FA

Seafloor photographs of clam shells, sand dollars, rock crab, cobbles
June 14, 2018

The data collected in this study will aid research on the ecology of fish and invertebrate species that inhabit the region. On August 22 and 23, 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, conducted a research cruise aboard the Sanctuary’s Research Vessel Auk, visiting 39 locations within the sanctuary. 

Web Application
/data-tools/streamstats-new-england-states-and-nation

StreamStats for New England states and the Nation

A StreamStats map image of the eastern United States
May 2, 2018

Interactively identify a watershed boundary and obtain detailed streamflow statistics.

For an introduction to StreamStats click HERE

Water
/data-tools/surface-water-data-massachusetts

Surface-water data for Massachusetts

Example NWIS graph of real-time streamflow monitoring
April 23, 2018

Real-time, daily, peak-flow, field measurements, and statistics of current and historical data that describe stream levels, streamflow (discharge), reservoir and lake levels, surface-water quality, and rainfall in Massachusetts. Surface-water data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

Water
/data-tools/groundwater-data-massachusetts

Groundwater data for Massachusetts

Example NWIS graph of real-time groundwater-level monitoring
April 18, 2018

Data from wells, springs, test holes, tunnels, drains, and excavations in Massachusetts; well location data includes information such as latitude and longitude, well depth, and aquifer. Groundwater level data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

Water
/data-tools/water-quality-data-massachusetts

Water-quality data for Massachusetts

Example NWIS graph of real-time water-quality monitoring
April 13, 2018

Chemical, physical, and biological properties of water, sediment, and tissue samples from Massachusetts. Water-quality data are collected as either discrete field measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders that continuously record physical and chemical characteristics including pH, specific conductance, temperature, and dissolved oxygen.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/sampling-data-collected-cape-cod-bay-buzzards-bay-and-vineyard-sound-south-marthas

Sampling data collected in Cape Cod Bay, Buzzards Bay, and Vineyard Sound; south of Martha's Vineyard; and south and east of Nantucket, Massachusetts, in 2011, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2011-015-FA

SeaBOSS on the fantail of the R/V Connecticut on Long Island Sound
April 4, 2018

These survey data are used to explore the nature of the sea floor and, in conjunction with high-resolution geophysical data, to make interpretive maps of sedimentary environments and validate acoustic remote sensing data.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/continuous-bathymetry-and-elevation-models-massachusetts-coastal-zone-and-continental-0

Continuous Bathymetry and Elevation Models of the Massachusetts Coastal Zone and Continental Shelf

Overview of 4 terrain models
April 4, 2018

Integrated terrain models covering 16,357 square kilometers of the Massachusetts coastal zone and offshore waters were built to provide a continuous elevation and bathymetry terrain model for ocean planning purposes.  A Triangulated Irregular Network was created from public-domain bathymetric and LiDAR data using the ArcGIS terrain-model framework.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/point-cloud-low-altitude-aerial-imagery-unmanned-aerial-system-uas-flights-over-coast

Point cloud from low-altitude aerial imagery from unmanned aerial system (UAS) flights over Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Spit, Nauset Inlet, and Nauset Marsh, Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, Massachusetts on 1 March 2016 (LAZ file)

Browse graphic of point cloud data
March 27, 2018

This point cloud was derived from low-altitude aerial images collected from an unmanned aerial system (UAS) flown in the Cape Cod National Seashore on 1 March, 2016. The objective of the project was to evaluate the quality and cost of mapping from UAS images. The point cloud contains 434,096,824 unclassifed and unedited geolocated points.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/topographic-imagery-and-raw-data-associated-unmanned-aerial-systems-uas-flights-over

Topographic, imagery, and raw data associated with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flights over Black Beach, Falmouth, Massachusetts on 18 March 2016

Aerial images of Black Beach, Falmouth, MA
February 15, 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey worked in collaboration with members of the Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Analytics at Black Beach, in Falmouth, Massachusetts to explore scientific research demands on UAS technology for topographic and habitat mapping applications. 

Science Datasets
/data-tools/key-findings-scenario-based-assessment-noreasters

Key Findings for Scenario-Based Assessment for Nor'easters

summary of key findings for scenario-based assessment for Nor'easters
February 14, 2018

Percentage of sandy beaches very likely (probability > 0.9) to experience erosion associated with collision, overwash, and inundation during class 1-3 nor’easter impact.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/key-findings-scenario-based-assessment-hurricanes

Key Findings for Scenario-Based Assessment for Hurricanes

summary of key findings for scenario-based assessment for hurricanes
February 14, 2018

Percentage of sandy beaches very likely (probability > 0.9) to experience erosion associated with collision, overwash, and inundation during category 1-5 hurricane landfall.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/shoreline-change-rates-salt-marsh-units-edwin-b-forsythe-national-wildlife-refuge-new

Shoreline change rates in salt marsh units in Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey

Map of marsh shoreline change rates for Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
February 12, 2018

This dataset displays shoreline change rates at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (EBFNWR), which spans over Great Bay, Little Egg Harbor, and Barnegat Bay in New Jersey, USA

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New England Water Conditions Map
April 4, 2018

New England Current Water Conditions (Groundwater, Surface Water and Water-Quality) Maps

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

USGS Storm-Tide Mapper and Data Services
March 8, 2016

The USGS Storm Tide Mapper is a tool for viewing, analyzing, and accessing storm tide data collected during and after hurricanes and Nor’easters. The USGS Storm Tide Mapper will continue to provide a unified and consistent source of real-time and archived storm-tide data.

Map shows color-coded seafloor character offshore of Monterey, California
March 7, 2016

This portal is a “go to” source for maps related to ocean and coastal mapping. Information is organized by geography or region, by theme, and by the year data was published.

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Year Published: 2016

Low-altitude aerial imagery and related field observations associated with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flights over Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Spit, Nauset Inlet, and Nauset Marsh, Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, Massachusetts on 1 March 2016

Low-altitude (approximately 120 meters above ground level) digital images were obtained from cameras mounted in a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flown from the lawn adjacent to the Coast Guard Beach parking lot on 1 March, 2016. The UAV was a Skywalker X8 operated by Raptor Maps, Inc., contractors to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)....

Sherwood, Christopher R.
Sherwood, C., 2016, Low-altitude aerial imagery and related field observations associated with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flights over Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Spit, Nauset Inlet, and Nauset Marsh, Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, Massachusetts on 1 March 2016: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7CN721H.

Year Published: 2016

Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974

The Defense Minerals Administration (DMA), Defense Minerals Exploration Administration (DMEA), and Office of Minerals Exploration (OME) mineral exploration programs were active over the period 1950–1974. Under these programs, the Federal Government contributed financial assistance in the exploration for certain strategic and critical minerals. The...

Frank, David G.
Frank, D.G., 2016, Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1004, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds1004.

Year Published: 2012

Spatial and temporal diet patterns of subadult and small adult striped bass in Massachusetts estuaries: Data, a synthesis, and trends across scales

Subadult and small adult (375–475 mm total length) striped bass Morone saxatilis are abundant and represent an important component of the recovered U.S. Atlantic coast stocks. However, little is known about these large aggregations of striped bass during their annual foraging migrations to New England. A quantitative understanding of trends...

Ferry, K.H.; Mather, Martha E.

Year Published: 2011

Seasonal use of a New England estuary by foraging contingents of migratory striped bass

Using acoustic telemetry on migratory striped bass Morone saxatilis in Plum Island Estuary (PIE), Massachusetts, we found that striped bass (335–634 mm total length) tagged in the spring and summer of 2005 (n = 14) and 2006 (n = 46) stayed in the estuary for an average of 66.0 d in 2005 and 72.2 d in 2006. Striped bass...

Mather, Martha E.; Pautzke, Sarah M.; Finn, John T.; Deegan, Linda A.; Muth, Robert M.

Year Published: 2011

Role of origin and release location in pre-spawning distribution and movements of anadromous alewife

Capturing adult anadromous fish that are ready to spawn from a self sustaining population and transferring them into a depleted system is a common fisheries enhancement tool. The behaviour of these transplanted fish, however, has not been fully evaluated. The movements of stocked and native anadromous alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus (...

Frank, Holly J.; Mather, M. E.; Smith, Joseph M.; Muth, Robert M.; Finn, John T.
Role of origin and release location in pre-spawning distribution and movements of anadromous alewife; 2011; Article; Journal; Fisheries Management and Ecology; Frank, H. J.; Mather, M. E.; Smith, J. M.; Muth, R. M.; Finn, J. T.

Year Published: 2010

Seasonal meso- and microhabitat selection by the northern snakehead (Channa argus) in the Potomac river system

 The northern snakehead (Channa argus) is a large piscivorous fish that is invasive in eastern Europe and has recently been introduced in North America. We examined the seasonal habitat selection at meso- and microhabitat scales using radio-telemetry to increase understanding of the ecology of this species, which will help to inform...

Lapointe, N.W.R.; Thorson, J.T.; Angermeier, P.L.

Year Published: 2010

Individual growth and reproductive behavior in a newly established population of northern snakehead (Channa argus), Potomac River, USA

Northern snakehead (Channa argus) were first found in the Potomac River in 2004. In 2007, we documented feeding and reproductive behavior to better understand how this species is performing in this novel environment. From April to October, we used electrofishing surveys to collect data on growth, condition, and gonad weight of adult fish. Growth...

Landis, Andrew M. Gascho; Lapointe, Nicolas W. R.; Angermeier, Paul L.

Year Published: 2010

Bald eagle predation on common loon egg

The Common Loon (Gavia immer) must defend against many potential egg predators during incubation, including corvids, Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus), raccoons (Procyon lotor), striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis), fisher (Martes pennanti), and mink (Neovison vison) (McIntyre 1988, Evers 2004, McCann et al. 2005). Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus...

DeStefano, Stephen; McCarthy, Kyle P.; Laskowski, Tom

Year Published: 2009

Water Withdrawals, Use, and Wastewater Return Flows in the Concord River Basin, Eastern Massachusetts, 1996-2000

Water withdrawals, use, and wastewater return flows for the Concord River Basin were estimated for the period 1996-2000. The study area in eastern Massachusetts is 400 square miles in area and includes the basins of two major tributaries, the Assabet and Sudbury Rivers, along with the Concord River, which starts at the confluence of the two...

Barlow, Lora K.; Hutchins, Linda M.; Desimone, Leslie A.
Water Withdrawals, Use, and Wastewater Return Flows in the Concord River Basin, Eastern Massachusetts, 1996-2000; 2009; SIR; 2008-5158; Barlow, Lora K.; Hutchins, Linda M.; DeSimone, Leslie A.

Year Published: 1990

National water summary 1987: Hydrologic events and water supply and use

Water use in the United States, as measured by freshwater withdrawals in 1985, averaged 338,000 Mgal/d (million gallons per day), which is enough water to cover the 48 conterminous States to a depth of about 2.4 inches. Only 92,300 Mgal/d, or 27.3 percent of the water withdrawn, was consumptive use and thus lost to immediate further use; the...

Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.
Attribution: Water, Central Midwest Water Science Center, Dakota Water Science Center, Illinois-Iowa Water Science Center, Iowa Water Science Center, Kansas Water Science Center, Minnesota Water Science Center, Pennsylvania Water Science Center, Texas Water Science Center, Utah Water Science Center, Wisconsin Water Science Center, Water Resources, Water Availability and Use Science Program, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, United States of America
National water summary 1987: hydrologic events and water supply and use; 1990; WSP; 2350; Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.

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SIR 2016-5123 front cover icon
October 5, 2016

Overview

The Massachusetts Reservoir Simulation Tool is a screening-level model developed to examine the effects of reservoirs on the natural streamflow of streams in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Reservoir Simulation Tool simulates the daily water balance equation of a water supply reservoir and estimates the magnitude, frequency and duration of spillage below the dam over the period of record.

USGS
January 16, 2012

Overview

The Connecticut River UnImpacted Streamflow Estimation (CRUISE) tool combines the utility of catchment delineation at any location along a stream with the estimation and serving of daily streamflow information. The CRUISE tool is freely-available and requires only an internet connection and Microsoft Excel version 2000 or higher. 

SIR2011-5125 front cover icon
October 19, 2011

Overview

The firm yield of a reservoir is defined as the maximum yield that can be delivered from a system without failure, even during a severe drought. The Firm Yield Estimator model (FYE) uses the daily water-balance equation to estimate reservoir storage from October 1, 1960 to September 30, 2004, which includes the most extreme drought of record.

SIR 2009-5227 front cover
June 15, 2011

Overview

The Massachusetts Sustainable-Yield Estimator is a decision-support tool that provides screening-level estimates of the sustainable yield of a basin, defined as the difference between the unregulated streamflow and a user-specified quantity of water that must remain in the stream to support such functions as recreational activities or aquatic habitat.

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Core splitter mounted on the layout table
June 28, 2018

Core Splitter

The Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center’s Samples Repository provides space and services for processing and sampling of materials and collections.

Cores can be split in-house using a custom-made sediment core splitter, which utilizes two Bosch1 oscillating tools with flush cut blade attachments mounted to a sliding carriage that moves over a

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Aerial image of Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center's Quissett Campus
May 1, 2018

Bird's eye view of Woods Hole's Quissett Campus, MA

View from a drone!  Aerial view of Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center's Quissett Campus.

Deploying ground control targets
April 24, 2018

Ground control targets

Rob Thieler, Sandy Brosnahan and Alex Nichols deploying ground control targets for a UAS study on Coast Guard National Seashore in Eastham, MA.  

 

Drone operations conducted at Sandy Neck Beach, Barnstable, MA
April 24, 2018

Drone Ops, Sandy Neck Beach, Barnstable, MA

Drone operations conducted at Sandy Neck Barnstable, MA.  Pilots Elizabeth Pendleton and Seth Ackerman are flying a 3DR Solo quadcopter collecting images to be used in the photogrammetry software package, photoscan, to ultimately create 3d surface models.

April 13, 2018

Image of the Week - Landsat's View of the Boston Marathon

This is a view of the route the Boston Marathon will take, as seen from Landsat 8.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.

USGS EROS Center (https://eros.usgs.gov/)

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3DR Solo quadcopter in flight
April 11, 2018

Quadcopter in flight

The 3DR Solo quadcopter in flight, with a Ricoh GRII camera mounted, taking pictures to be used in photogrammetric techniques to produce 3D surface models.

Drone image of Nauset Spit, Massachusetts
March 27, 2018

Drone image of Nauset Inlet, Massachusetts

Drone image of Nauset Inlet, Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

drone content collage
March 8, 2018

Drone collage

Top left- Rob Thieler, Sandy Brosnahan and Alex Nichols deploying ground control targets for a UAS study on Coast Guard National Seashore in Eastham, MA.  

Top right- Seth Ackerman (pilot) and Alex Nichols (data recorder) conducting a mapping survey at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newbury Ma.  Photogrammetric techniques are used to stich together the

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Waves break between houses in Sandwich, MA
March 2, 2018

March 2018 Nor'Easter, Sandwich, MA

Waves break between houses on White Cap Path in Sandwich, MA near high tide on Friday, March 2, 2018

floodwaters more than two feet deep on Water Street, Sandwich, MA, March 2018
March 2, 2018

Floodwaters in Sandwich, MA

 photo taken at noon on Friday, March 2, 2018, shows floodwaters more than two feet deep on Water Street, Sandwich, MA, approaching the beach cam house (visible above the mailbox) and Town Neck Beach parking lot.

BeachCam's perspective on the storm! This is the last image taken before the camera stopped working on Friday, March 2 at 11:23
March 2, 2018

BeachCam's perspective on the March 2018 Nor'Easter

BeachCam's perspective on the storm! This is the last image taken before the camera stopped working on Friday, March 2 at 11:23 a.m.

 

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Nor'easter
March 1, 2018

USGS field crews are deploying storm-tide and wave sensors today from Maine to Delaware to track and study a Nor’easter forecasted to begin tomorrow.

Measuring high water mark - blizzard of January 2018 in New England
January 15, 2018

Significant flooding along the coast of Massachusetts occurred Thursday, January 4, 2018, caused by a powerful blizzard.  Peak storm surge of approximately 3.00 feet occurred at the astro high tide; and, according to the National Weather Service, is the highest since records began at the Boston tide station in 1921. 

Erika Lentz interview on Trunk River Beach, Falmouth. MA
January 11, 2018

Interview on future impacts of sea-level rise on Cape Cod with meteorologist Danielle Niles on Trunk River Beach, Falmouth, MA

Long Island Sound Survey team
December 12, 2017

Geological Sampling (videos, photos and sediment samples) in Long Island Sound on the newly stretched R/V Connecticut with scientist from USGS, UConn and Univ of New Haven

Lake Powell
December 12, 2017

Develop a new bathymetry map of Lake Powell, UT-AZ, and characterize shallow sediment deposition near the mouths of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers. Bathymetric data, acoustic backscatter imagery, and limited CHIRP sub-bottom data were collected by the USGS Utah Water Science Center (UTWSC) and Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) within Lake Powell, October - November, 2017.

Image shows a geologic map of the Lower 48
August 21, 2017

A carbonatite here, a glacial moraine there, a zig-zagging fault or two, even a behemoth of a batholith. The geology of the 50 States is an enormous patchwork of varied forms, beautiful in their variance but challenging to present as a single map.

USGS scientists use a boat and geophysical equipment to record geological and hydrological conditions in a coastal embayment.
July 12, 2016

New USGS study highlights Cape Cod's risk to rising sea levels

Scientists deploy high-tech buoy in Lake Winnipesaukee
June 27, 2016

A high-tech buoy that monitors water quality in real time was just installed in one of New England’s most popular lakes, where in the future it will help with determining when swimmers should and shouldn’t be in the water. 

Image: Methane Seeps along Offshore Virginia
June 16, 2016

Recent scientific work has confirmed the source, composition and origin of methane seeps on the Atlantic Ocean seafloor, discovered in 2012, where scientists never expected them to be.

As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
June 1, 2016

New USGS models help predict storm effects on beaches

As the 2016 hurricane season opens, weather forecasters, emergency managers and coastal residents have access to tools developed by the U.S. Geological Survey that predict, more precisely than ever, where beach erosion and beachfront flooding will take place during hurricanes and other storms.

 

Map of the 48 contiguous states showing Microcystin concentrations
May 31, 2016

First-of-its-kind survey shows that algal toxins are found nationwide