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Florida

World class scientists working in Southeast Region Science Centers help our partners understand and manage complex issues including competition for limited water resources, coastal hazards, mineral and energy resource extraction, degraded ecosystems, vector-borne diseases, rapidly changing land use, and response to climate change.

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Date published: February 7, 2019
Status: Active

Hurricanes

Preventing flood hazards, such as hurricane-induced tidal surge, from becoming human disasters requires an understanding of the relative risks floods pose to specific communities and knowledge of the processes by which flood waters rise, converge, and abate. Historically, hurricane-induced tidal surge has been documented through measurement of high-water marks left on structures or vegetation...

Contacts: Wesley W Stone
Date published: February 7, 2019
Status: Completed

Effects of hydrologic system alterations on salinity in the Biscayne aquifer in Broward Co.

To address concerns about the effects of water-resource management practices and rising sea level on saltwater intrusion, the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, initiated a study to examine causes of saltwater intrusion and predict the effects of future alterations to the hydrologic system on salinity...

Date published: February 7, 2019
Status: Completed

Mapping water levels in the Biscayne aquifer

To help inform decisions necessary for urban planning and development, Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources partnered with USGS to produce statistical analyses and maps representing mean, high, and low water-level conditions in the surface water and groundwater of Miami-Dade County.

Date published: February 5, 2019
Status: Active

Evapotranspiration and Carbon-Flux Network

The U.S. Geological Survey Florida Evapotranspiration Network is a network of 15 data collection sites representing various land cover types, which provide long-term, accurate, and unbiased information that meets the needs of many diverse users. The USGS collects the evapotranspiration data needed by Federal, State, and local agencies for planning and operating water-resources projects and...

Date published: February 4, 2019
Status: Completed

CFWSC Science Highlights

The purpose of this section is to draw your attention to important information that the CFWSC are conducting in your city.   

Date published: January 28, 2019
Status: Active

Hurricane Michael - Forecast and Documentation of Coastal Change

Hurricane Michael coastal change forecast and pre- and post-storm photos documenting coastal change.

Contacts: Kara Doran
Date published: December 21, 2018
Status: Active

CFWSC Strategic Science Plan - Communication, Information Management, and Science Support

The USGS Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center Strategic Science Plan 2017-2027: A blueprint for USGS contributions to water resource science in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands

Stamm, J.F., Rodríguez, J.M., Sifuentes, D.F., Sumner, D.M., and Grimsley, K.J. with contributions from Bogeajis, N., Torres-González, S., McBride, W.S., Parks, J., and Decker, J...

Date published: December 20, 2018
Status: Active

CFWSC Strategic Plan - Priority Issues

The USGS Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center Strategic Science Plan 2017-2027: A blueprint for USGS contributions to water resource science in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands

Stamm, J.F., Rodríguez, J.M., Sifuentes, D.F., Sumner, D.M., and Grimsley, K.J. with contributions from Bogeajis, N., Torres-González, S., McBride, W.S., Parks, J., and Decker, J...

Date published: December 19, 2018
Status: Active

CFWSC Strategic Science Plan

The USGS Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center Strategic Science Plan 2017-2027: A blueprint for USGS contributions to water resource science in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands

Stamm, J.F., Rodríguez, J.M., Sifuentes, D.F., Sumner, D.M., and Grimsley, K.J. with contributions from Bogeajis, N., Torres-González, S., McBride, W.S., Parks, J., and Decker, J...

Date published: December 19, 2018
Status: Active

Eastern Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has conducted several assessments of undiscovered oil and gas in formations in the Blue Ridge Thrust Belt (5068), Piedmont Province (5069), Atlantic Coastal Plain Province (5070), and the New England Province (5072).  These basins are generally east of the Appalachian Basin Province (5067).

Date published: December 14, 2018
Status: Active

Carbonate Aquifer Characterization Laboratory

The Carbonate Aquifer Characterization Laboratory (CACL) was initiated to promote collaborative research on carbonate aquifer characterization between the USGS and other governmental scientific agencies and academia. And, also to provide applied research for local, state, and federal agencies, and private industry, when research needs are within the scope of the USGS mission.

As the...

Date published: December 13, 2018
Status: Active

Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center Watercams for Florida

Webcams have been installed at several real-time stream-gaging sites. The webcams provide valuable information to the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and area residents to evaluate real-time conditions in river environments during storms. The visual record of flooding and other river events also provides valuable research data for the USGS. Many of these webcam installations are...

Contacts: Wesley W Stone
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Year Published: 1994

Estimated discharge of treated wastewater in Florida, 1990

According to the Florida Department of Environ- mental Protection, 5,100 wastewater treatment systems were in operation during 1990. Of this total, 72 percent were domestic wastewater facilities and 28 percent were industrial waste- water facilities. The number of wastewater systems inventoried for 1990 was 1,062 (systems that treated and...

Marella, R.L.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimated discharge of treated wastewater in Florida, 1990; 1994; OFR; 93-364; Marella, R. L.

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Year Published: 1993

Estimated use of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin during 1990, with state summaries from 1970 to 1990

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin covers approximately 19,800 square miles in parts of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Most of the basin lies within Georgia as does most of the population. Most of the water withdrawn in the basin in 1990 was withdrawn in Georgia (82 percent). Withdrawals in Florida and Alabama each accounted for 9...

Marella, R.L.; Fanning, J.L.; Mooty, W.S.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimated use of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin during 1990, with state summaries from 1970 to 1990; 1993; WRI; 93-4084; Marella, R. L.; Fanning, J. L.; Mooty, W. S.

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Year Published: 1993

Public-supply water use in Florida, 1990

In 1990, public supply withdrawals represented nearly 26 percent of the total freshwater withdrawn in Florida. Total water withdrawn for public supply in Florida during 1990 averaged 1,925 million gal/day. Public suppliers served 11.23 million residents, in 1990. Groundwater was the source for more than 88 percent (1,699 million gal/day) of public...

Marella, R.L.
Attribution: Water Resources
Public-supply water use in Florida, 1990; 1993; OFR; 93-134; Marella, R. L.

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Year Published: 1992

Factors that affect public-supply water use in Florida, with a section on projected water use to the year 2020

Public-supply water use in Florida increased 242 percent between 1960 and 1987 from 530 Mgal/d (million gallons per day) to 1,811 Mgal/d. This change is primarily a result of increases in population and tourism since 1960. Public-supply utilities provide water to a variety of users. In 1985, 71 percent of the water used for public supply was...

Marella, R.L.
Attribution: Water Resources
Factors that affect public-supply water use in Florida, with a section on projected water use to the year 2020; 1992; WRI; 91-4123; Marella, R. L.

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Year Published: 1992

Water withdrawals in Florida during 1990, with trends from 1950 to 1990

Marella, Richard L.
Attribution: Water Resources
Water withdrawals in Florida during 1990, with trends from 1950 to 1990; 1992; OFR; 92-80; Marella, Richard L.

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Year Published: 1992

Water withdrawals, use, and trends in Florida, 1990

Marella, R.L.
Attribution: Water Resources
Water withdrawals, use, and trends in Florida, 1990; 1992; WRI; 92-4140; Marella, R. L.

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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.
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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Year Published: 1990

Public-supply water use in Florida, 1987

Marella, R.L.
Attribution: Water Resources
Public-supply water use in Florida, 1987; 1990; OFR; 90-596; Marella, R. L.

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Year Published: 1988

Water withdrawals, use, and trends in Florida, 1985

Total water withdrawn for use in Florida for 1985, in million gal/day, was 17,057 of which 6,259, or nearly 37%, was freshwater and 10,798 was saline. The majority of freshwater withdrawn was groundwater (64%) and the majority of saline water withdrawn was surface water (99%). Thermoelectric power generation accounted for more than 99% of saline...

Marella, R.L.
Attribution: Water Resources
Water withdrawals, use, and trends in Florida, 1985; 1988; WRI; 88-4103; Marella, R. L.

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Year Published: 1984

Public supply water use, Palm Beach County, Florida, 1978-82

Public supply water-use data are listed for 32 utilities in Palm Beach County, Florida, for 1978 through 1982. The data are tabulated as monthly and yearly untreated water withdrawals from each public supply utility. Utilities using ground water as a source are listed separately from those using surface-water sources. In 1978, the total public...

Miller, W.L.; Alvarez, J.A.
Attribution: Water Resources
Public supply water use, Palm Beach County, Florida, 1978-82; 1984; OFR; 84-240; Miller, W. L.; Alvarez, J. A.

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Two scientists in a lab hold a clear tube filled with mud.
October 16, 2020

Scientists process sediment cores from the deep sea

To help study the biodiversity present in the deep sea, scientists collect sediment cores. These cores are about a foot long and provide a vertical profile of deep-sea sediment, or mud. USGS scientists at the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center identify and quantify the tiny animals found

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Cartoon animation of wind blowing by, shown by squiggly lines, pushing cartoon waves to move up a beach and break on shore.
October 16, 2020

Wave animation

Waves are the motion of the water's surface, usually caused by the transfer of energy from wind. Wave energy causes the water to move in a circular motion. The height and length of these waves combined with the slope of the beach influence how high the water can reach up on the coast. Waves are an important component of the total water level, which is how high the water

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A man walking on a beach with a backpack and a tablet, with the ocean behind him. Label says ‘Justin Birchler, geologist.’
October 16, 2020

Collecting beach profile data in Science Festival video

This screenshot was taken from a video created for the virtual 2020 St. Petersburg Science Festival that discussed Coastal Change Hazards research at the USGS. Justin Birchler is seen walking up the beach with GPS equipment to measure the elevation of the beach. These data are used to create a beach profile, that shows the shape of the

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October 1, 2020

Bathymetry: Mapping the depth of Tampa Bay with USGS (Teaser)

Join the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center on an adventure in the field! Our team of scientists will take you on board a personal watercraft near downtown St. Pete to show you how they collect bathymetry data – which is the depth of the ocean floor (in this case, Tampa Bay). This video was created as part of the 2020 St. Petersburg Science Festival (

September 21, 2020

Studying How the Beach Changes at Madeira Beach, Florida

The importance of our Nation’s coasts is indisputable. They provide homes for people and animals alike, and support the Nation’s economy. The USGS Coastal Change Hazards team studies how our shorelines change over time, especially following extreme events such as storms and hurricanes. In this video, created for the 2020 virtual St.

September 21, 2020

Studying How the Beach Changes at Madeira Beach, Florida - AD

The importance of our Nation’s coasts is indisputable. They provide homes for people and animals alike, and support the Nation’s economy. The USGS Coastal Change Hazards team studies how our shorelines change over time, especially following extreme events such as storms and hurricanes. In this video, created for the 2020 virtual St.

A man walks on a beach with a tablet in hand and a backpack on with scientific equipment extending from it.
September 21, 2020

Beach Profile Survey

Justin Birchler, Physical Scientist with the USGS Coastal Change Hazards team conducts a beach profile survey at our field site on Madeira Beach. During these surveys, Justin wears a backpack with GPS equipment to collect elevation data that will be used to create a topographic map of the beach. These data help our team monitor coastal change – including how storms and

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An aerial view of a beach with the ocean in the background, with repeated images of people scattered around the beach
September 21, 2020

Madeira Beach Camera Time Series

This photo is the results of processing a time series of images, which are a combination of all image frames collected during a 10 to 17-minute video. These images are incredibly useful for studying coastal change remotely, but the usefulness of the image depends on how they are processed. This image represents an image with only the darkest pixels displayed from each

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hurricanes and tropical storms in 9.15.2020 NOAA satellite image
September 15, 2020

USGS Scientists Work on Four Tropical Cyclones at Once

In this NOAA satellite image from Sept. 15, 2020, Hurricane Sally approaches the U.S. Gulf Coast, Hurricane Paulettte creates storm waves far out in the Atlantic, and Tropical Storms Teddy and Vicky lie near the coast of Africa. Two tropical depressions are also developing; one of them is not visible in this image.

July 9, 2020

Image of the Week - Virtual Road Trip with Landsat

Summer vacation plans changed for many in 2020. Whatever your plans, Landsat can take you on a virtual road trip. Landsat 8, in its sun-synchronous polar orbit, views every national park in the U.S. every 16 days and gathers more photographic data than the most ambitious of tourists.
 

March 1, 2020

FBGC Quaternary Wetlands and Permafrost Research (AD)

This video explains how scientists from the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center research paleo-environmental wetland conditions and explain how studying these environments is valuable to better understand past changes and responses to disturbance, such as fire, sea-level rise, and permafrost

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A healthy coral reef at Buck Island, U.S. Virgin Island
December 19, 2018

Research Marine Biologist Ilsa Kuffner, Research Oceanographer Lauren Toth, and Oceanographer Anastasios Stathakopoulos will travel to Key Largo, FL, December 10 to 14 to attend "Reef Futures 2018: A Coral Restoration and Intervention-Science Symposium."

Series of four photos that show the same reef in 1971, 1988, 1998, and 2004.
November 1, 2018

A new study published in the journal Global Change Biology by scientists at the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center suggests that unlike most other reefs, the geological decline of Florida’s reefs preceded modern coral-reef degradation by at least 3,000 years.

Photo of a scientist explaining how bathymetric data is collected using PWCs to a group of children
October 26, 2018

Scientists from SPCMSC and WARC led children, families, and the public in hands-on activities to learn about USGS science at this year's St. Petersburg Science Festival and School Day, October 19–20.

USGS intern Stephanie Pena fills sample bottle with Lake Okeechobee water
October 18, 2018

USGS study of Lake Okeechobee algae gives new insight on South Florida coastal blooms

Map showing new Gulf of Mexico storm tide bracket network
October 10, 2018

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Michael, visit the USGS Hurricane Michael page at https://usgs.gov/hurricane-michael.

Eastern FL Panhandle map of predicted beach erosion, overwash, inundation
October 9, 2018

One-fourth of Florida Panhandle beachfront could be inundated by large storm waves, experts predict

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Michael, visit the USGS Hurricane Michael page at https://usgs.gov/hurricane-michael

 

Image: Aerial View of Subsiding Marshes in the Mississippi River Delta
October 4, 2018

Workshop brings together USGS scientists from a variety of disciplines to identify current strengths and weakness in subsidence-related research.

Photo of sample site showing equipment in a field covered by a colorful umbrella.
September 13, 2018

Dr. John Lisle (Research Microbial Ecologist, SPCMSC) was an invited panel member, participating in an open discussion on the occurrence and persistence of harmful algal blooms in south Florida with Florida State Senator Glavano.

Labeled satellite image map showing Lake Okeechobee, Florida, in the center, surrounded by the sample sites.
September 13, 2018

A recent study is providing novel data on the ability of microorganisms to remove nutrients during storage at aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) facilities near Lake Okeechobee.

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