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Date published: December 31, 2019

Tropical Storm Threatened to Stop Science Festival…But Didn’t Stop Us from Celebrating Science!

USGS participated in the the St. Petersburg Science Festival, an annual event held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, that invites local schools and the science-interested public to come explore topics in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

Date published: September 5, 2019

USGS Scientists Document Hurricane Dorian’s Impacts

Editor’s Note: This story was revised Sept. 10, 2019 to include the later phases of USGS’ response to Hurricane Dorian.

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Dorian, visit the USGS Hurricane Dorian page at www.usgs.gov/dorian.

Date published: September 2, 2019

USGS deploying about 150 storm-tide sensors in the Carolinas

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Dorian, visit the USGS Hurricane Dorian page at www.usgs.gov/dorian.

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3DR Solo Unmanned Aerial Systems
Date Published: January 22, 2020
Status: Active

Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Capabilities to Help Identify Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta) and the effects of Salvinia weevil (Cyrtogagous salviniae)

USGS is collecting remotely sensed data to classify Salvinia molesta, a non-native aquatic species that reduces light and oxygen levels in water, making it unsuitable for fish and other aquatic plant life.

Value of US Coral Reefs for Risk Reduction
Date Published: January 21, 2020
Status: Active

The Value of U.S. Coral Reefs for Risk Reduction

Summary of the report, “Rigorously valuing the role of U.S. coral reefs in coastal hazard risk reduction”

    Contacts: Curt Storlazzi, Michael Beck
    Invasive Burmese Python
    Date Published: November 6, 2019
    Status: Active

    Applications of Advanced Tracking and Modeling Tools with Burmese Pythons across South Florida's Landscape

    Researchers will determine movement rates and habitat-use patterns of pythons across the South Florida landscape by conducting a telemetry study tracking pythons simultaneously in several locations

    Invasive Burmese Python
    Date Published: November 6, 2019
    Status: Active

    Habitat Selection of the Burmese Python in the Florida Everglades

    Researchers plotted locations of radio-tagged pythons to create a habitat suitability model.

    Sea turtle
    Date Published: November 6, 2019
    Status: Active

    Hotspot and Risk Analysis for Sea Turtles in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

    Researchers will collect location data that will be used to identify areas of high-use for resident sea turtles in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 

    The evaluation of aerosol DNA/RNA extraction methods for aerobiology research projects
    Date Published: November 4, 2019
    Status: Active

    The evaluation of aerosol DNA/RNA extraction methods for aerobiology research projects

    This study will contrast the extraction of DNA/RNA from aerosols collected with electrostatic precipitation (a relatively new collection method) with a common membrane filtration protocol to identify the most appropriate method for future regional and global scale aerobiology research projects.

    Predicted probabilities of dune erosion
    Date Published: September 13, 2019
    Status: Active

    Hurricane Dorian - Forecast and Documentation of Coastal Change

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

    Contacts: Kara Doran
    Screenshot: Coastal Change Hazards Portal - Hurricane Dorian - Sept. 5
    Date Published: September 4, 2019
    Status: Active

    Real-Time Storm Response

    Coastal change forecasts and pre- and post-storm photos documenting coastal change for landfalling storms. Currently responding to Hurricane Dorian.

    Contacts: Kara Doran
    Hurricane Dorian Projected Path
    Date Published: August 31, 2019
    Status: Active

    Hurricane Dorian 2019

    The South Atlantic Water Science Center prepares for Hurricane Dorian. 

    Mayan cichlid
    Date Published: August 6, 2019
    Status: Completed

    Treasure Coast and Central Florida Fish Slams- 2019

    In March and June 2019, USGS researchers joined partners in Treasure Coast and Central Florida where they sampled freshwater bodies for non-native fishes. The bi-annual Fish Slam event helps monitor new introductions and document range expansion of known non-native fishes. 

    Potamogeton illinoensis
    Date Published: July 24, 2019
    Status: Active

    Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Preferences of Fishes in Lake Apopka, Florida

    To achieve the adaptive restoration objective of maximizing fish habitat, researchers will sample fish communities in Florida's Lake Apopka to compare between natural submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), restored SAV, and bare bottom habitat. To undertand SAV preference of juvenile largemouth bass, researchers will conduct controlled experiments. These experiments will help managers select...

    Contacts: Stephen Walsh, Ph.D., Audrey Looby, Charles W. Martin, Ph.D., Laura K. Reynolds, Carrie Reinhardt Adams, Ph.D.
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    Water Level and Salinity Analysis Mapper
    February 5, 2019

    The Water Level and Salinity Analysis Mapper is designed to conduct automated statistical and graphical analyses on water-level and salinity data collected from sites monitored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in South Florida.

    USGS
    January 1, 2019

    This part of the data release presents projected flooding extent polygon (flood masks) and flooding depth points (flood points) shapefiles based on wave-driven total water levels for the State of Hawaii (the islands of Hawaii, Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, and Oahu). For each island there are 8 associated flood mask and flood depth shapefiles: one for

    USGS
    January 1, 2019

    This part of the data release presents projected flooding extent polygon (flood masks) and flooding depth points (flood points) shapefiles based on wave-driven total water levels for the Territory of Puerto Rico (the islands of Culebra, Puerto Rico, and Vieques). For each island there are 8 associated flood mask and flood depth shapefiles: one for each four nearshore wave energy

    USGS
    January 1, 2019

    This part of the data release presents projected flooding extent polygon (flood masks) and flooding depth points (flood points) shapefiles based on wave-driven total water levels for the State Florida (the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys). For each island there are 8 associated flood mask and flood depth shapefiles: one for each of four nearshore wave energy return periods %2

    Map of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding continents with boxes drawn around areas to show study locations.
    January 1, 2019

    This data release provides flooding extent polygons (flood masks) and depth values (flood points) based on wave-driven total water levels for 22 locations within the States of Hawaii and Florida, the Territories of Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. For each of the 22 locations there are eight ass

    microbial presence/absence data for the soil samples
    October 23, 2018

    This web application allows users to make comparisons between national scale environmental datasets and Bacillus species and Bacillus anthracis detection results. The datasets include soil physical, chemical, and mineralogical data, current and historical climate data, landcover, and biological surveys.

    Interactive map and chart highlighting USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present
    August 28, 2018

    Interactively explore assessment summary information for continuous (unconventional) assessments conducted at the USGS from 2000-2018. The assessment results data used to generate this visualization can be downloaded here in Excel Format.  These data represent all assessment results for Continuous Assessments only from 2000-2018.

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    Okeechobee County, Florida irrigated agricultural land-use GIS shapefile
    February 28, 2019

    This data set consists of a detailed digital map of individual irrigated fields and a summary of the irrigated acreage for the 2017 growing season developed for Okeechobee County, Florida. Selected attribute data that include crop type, irrigation system, and primary water source were collected for each irrigated field.

    Screenshot of Irma water footprint on a map
    September 14, 2017

    Hurricane Irma, the most intense hurricane observed in the Atlantic in the last decade, approached the west coast of Florida on September 10th, 2017. This animation shows the precipitation and river conditions through time as Irma moved over the southeastern United States.

    North Platte, Nebraska US Topo quadrangle: 2014
    September 26, 2016

    Network wells depicted on the Climate Response Network location map
    Note: Color shading in the table below indicates multiple wells that plot as a single point on the state location map above.
    Note: BLS = Water Level in Feet Below Land Surface, RVD = Water Level referenced to a vertical datum

    Hurricane Louisiana Coast
    September 14, 2016

    June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season. Should storms arrive on the Louisiana coast, the people in coastal communities across the State, along with many Federal, State, and local agencies will need to know how the storms are affecting the coastal and low-lying areas.The USGS maintains an extensive network of coastal gages that provides critical time-sensitive water level.

    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.

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    Year Published: 2019

    Rigorously valuing the role of U.S. coral reefs in coastal hazard risk reduction

    The degradation of coastal habitats, particularly coral reefs, raises risks by increasing the exposure of coastal communities to flooding hazards. The protective services of these natural defenses are not assessed in the same rigorous economic terms as artificial defenses, such as seawalls, and therefore often are not considered in decision making...

    Storlazzi, Curt D.; Reguero, Borja G.; Cole, Aaron D.; Lowe, Erik; Shope, James B.; Gibbs, Ann E.; Nickel, Barry A.; McCall, Robert T.; van Dongeren, Ap R.; Beck, Michael W.
    Storlazzi, C.D., Reguero, B.G., Cole, A.D., Lowe, E., Shope, J.B., Gibbs, A.E., Nickel, B.A., McCall, R.T., van Dongeren, A.R., and Beck, M.W., 2019, Rigorously valuing the role of U.S. coral reefs in coastal hazard risk reduction: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1027, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191027.

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    Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the South Florida basin, 2016

    Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated mean undiscovered, technically recoverable resources of 49 million barrels of oil and 18 billion cubic feet of gas in the onshore and State waters part of the South Florida basin.

    Roberts-Ashby, Tina L.; Hackley, Paul C.; Lohr, Celeste D.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Whidden, Katherine J.; Le, Phuong A.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Gaswirth, Stephanie B.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Marra, Kristen R.; Finn, Thomas M.
    Roberts-Ashby, T.L., Hackley, P.C., Lohr, C.D., Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Whidden, K.J., Le, P.A., Tennyson, M.E., Gaswirth, S.B., Woodall, C.A., Brownfield, M.E., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Marra, K.R., and Finn, T.M., 2019, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the South Florida basin, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3074, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183074.

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    Human interactions with sirenians (manatees and dugongs)

    There are three extant sirenian species of the Trichechidae family and one living Dugongidae family member. Given their close ties to coastal and often urbanized habitats, sirenians are exposed to many types of anthropogenic activities that result in challenges to their well-being, poor health, and even death. In the wild, they are exposed to...

    Bonde, Robert K.; Flint, Mark
    Bonde, R.K., and Flint, M., 2017, Human interactions with sirenians (manatees and dugongs) in Butterworth, A., ed., Marine Mammal Welfare: Human Induced Change in the Marine Environment and its Impacts on Marine Mammal Welfare, Animal Welfare 17, p. 299-314, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46994-2_17.

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    Status and threats analysis for the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), 2016

    Trichechus manatus (West Indian manatee), especially T. m. latirostris, the Florida subspecies, has been the focus of conservation efforts and extensive research since its listing under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. To determine the status of, and severity of threats to, the Florida manatee, a comprehensive revision and update of the manatee...

    Runge, Michael C.; Sanders-Reed, Carol A.; Langtimm, Catherine A.; Hostetler, Jeffrey A.; Martin, Julien; Deutsch, Charles J.; Ward-Geiger, Leslie I.; Mahon, Gary L.
    Runge, M.C., Sanders-Reed, C.A., Langtimm, C.A., Hostetler, J.A., Martin, Julien, Deutsch, C.J., Ward-Geiger, L.I., and Mahon, G.L., 2017, Status and threats analysis for the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigation Report 2017–5030, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175030.

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    Manatee grazing impacts on a mixed species seagrass bed

    The endangered manatee Trichechus manatus is one of few large grazers in seagrass systems. To assess the long-term impacts of repeated grazing on seagrasses, we selected a study site within Kennedy Space Center in the northern Banana River, Brevard County, Florida, that was typically grazed by large numbers of manatees in spring. Two 13x13 m...

    Lefebvre, Lynn W.; Provancha, Jane A.; Slone, Daniel H.; Kenworthy, W. Judson
    Lefebvre, L.W., Provancha, J.A., Slone, D.H., and Kenworthy, W.J., 2017, Manatee grazing impacts on a mixed species seagrass bed: Marine Ecology Progress Series, v. 564, p. 29-45, https://doi.org/10.3354/meps11986.

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    Baseline aquatic contamination and endocrine status in a resident fish of Biscayne National Park

    Surface water, sediment, and fish from Biscayne Bay, coastal wetlands adjacent to the Bay, and canals discharging into the Bay were sampled for determination of baseline contamination in Biscayne National Park. While the number of contaminants detected in canal waters was greater during the wet season than the dry season, no seasonal difference...

    Bargar, Timothy A.; Whelan, Kevin R.T.; Alvarez, David; Echols, Kathy R.; Peterman, Paul H.
    Bargar, T.A., Whelan, K.R.T., Alvarez, D., Echols, K., and Peterman, P.H., 2017, Baseline aquatic contamination and endocrine status in a resident fish of Biscayne National Park: Marine Pollution Bulletin, v. 115, no. 1-2, p. 525-533, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.11.044.

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    Expert opinions of demographic rates of Argentine black and white tegus in South Florida

    We illustrate the utility of expert elicitation, explicit recognition of uncertainty, and the value of information for directing management and research efforts for invasive species, using tegu lizards (Salvator merianae) in southern Florida as a case study.  We posited a post-birth pulse, matrix model, which was parameterized using a 3-point...

    Johnson, Fred A.
    Johnson, F.A., 2017, Expert opinions of demographic rates of Argentine black and white tegus in South Florida: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7ZC810J.

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    Hydrologic modeling in a marsh-mangrove ecotone: Predicting wetland surface water and salinity response to restoration in the Ten Thousand Islands region of Florida, USA

    At the fringe of Everglades National Park in southwest Florida, United States, the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge (TTINWR) habitat has been heavily affected by the disruption of natural freshwater flow across the Tamiami Trail (U.S. Highway 41). As the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) proposes to restore the natural...

    Michot, B.D.; Meselhe, E.A.; Krauss, Ken W.; Shrestha, Surendra; From, Andrew S.; Patino, Eduardo

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    Baseline reference range for trace metal concentrations in whole blood of wild and managed West Indian Manatees (Trichechus manatus) in Florida and Belize

    The West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) is exposed to a number of anthropogenic influences, including metals, as they inhabit shallow waters with close proximity to shore. While maintaining homeostasis of many metals is crucial for health, there is currently no baseline reference range that can be used to make clinical and environmental...

    Takeuchi, Noel Y.; Walsh, Michael T.; Bonde, Robert K.; Powell, James A.; Bass, Dean A.; Gaspard, Joseph C.; Barber, David S.
    Takeuchi, N.Y., Walsh, M.T., Bonde, R.K., Powell, J.A., Bass, D.A., Gaspard III, J.C., and Barber, D.S., 2016, Baseline reference range for trace metal concentrations in whole blood of wild and managed West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus) in Florida and Belize: Aquatic Mammals, v. 42, no. 4, p. 440-453, http://dx.doi.org/10.1578/AM.42.4.2016.440. 453. doi:10.1578/AM.42.4.2016.440

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    Baseline aquatic contamination and endocrine status in a resident fish of Biscayne National Park

    This is a collection of data on the contamination of water, fish, and sediments in Biscayne National Park and in canals that discharge into the national park. The water data are estimations of their concentrations in water based on sampling with passive water samplers (semi-permeable membrane devices and polar organic chemical integrative samplers...

    Bargar, Timothy A.; Whelan, Kevin; Alvarez, David A.; Echols, Kathy R.; Peterman, Paul H.
    Bargar, T.A., Whelan, K.R.T., Alvarez, D., Echols, K., and Petermand, P.H., 2016, Baseline aquatic contamination and endocrine status in a resident fish of Biscayne National Park: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://doi.org/10.5066/F7N014PH.

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    Response of imperiled Okaloosa darters to stream restoration

    The Okaloosa Darter Etheostoma okaloosae is a small percid endemic to six stream drainages in northwestern Florida. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed Okaloosa Darters as endangered in 1973 and downlisted them to threatened in 2011 because of habitat improvements and increasing abundance across much of their geographic range. Delisting is...

    Reeves, David B.; Tate, William B.; Jelks, Howard L.; Jordan, Frank
    Reeves, D.B., Tate, W.B., Jelks, H.L., and Jordan, F., 2016, Response of imperiled Okaloosa darters to stream restoration: North American Journal of Fisheries Management, v. 36, no. 6, p. 1375-1385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02755947.2016.1227402.

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    Large reptiles and cold temperatures: Do extreme cold spells set distributional limits for tropical reptiles in Florida?

    Distributional limits of many tropical species in Florida are ultimately determined by tolerance to low temperature. An unprecedented cold spell during 2–11 January 2010, in South Florida provided an opportunity to compare the responses of tropical American crocodiles with warm-temperate American alligators and to compare the responses of...

    Mazzotti, Frank J.; Cherkiss, Michael S.; Parry, Mark; Beauchamp, Jeff; Rochford, Mike; Smith, Brian J.; Hart, Kristen M.; Brandt, Laura A.
    Mazzotti, F.J., Cherkiss, M.S., Parry, M., Beauchamp, J., Rochford, M., Smith, B., Hart, K., and Brandt, L.A., 2016, Large reptiles and cold temperatures: Do extreme cold spells set distributional limits for tropical reptiles in Florida?: Ecosphere, v. 7, no. 8, art. e01439, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1439.

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    Aerial imagery of a peninsula are marked to show different data about each island's coast.
    January 1, 2020

    Florida Coral Reefs and Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction

    Rigorously Valuing the Role of Florida’s Coral Reefs in Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction

    Estimated Annual Benefits

    Maps of Florida showing the distribution of the value of averted direct building damages, indirect economic activity losses, and population annually protected from flooding by coral reefs. Results at 10 m2 resolution are aggregated into

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    Satellite imagery of eastern berm of Jim Foot Key in Florida Bay before Hurricane Irma and after
    November 30, 2019

    Impacts to island in Florida Bay following Hurricane Irma

    Scientists from the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center first sampled four islands in Florida Bay, Everglades National Park, in April 2014 to collect cores to study sea level rise and storm history in the region.  In September 2017, Hurricane Irma (a category 4 storm at landfall in the Florida Keys) passed just to the west of our field sites.  The western-most of the four

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    November 21, 2019

    Using Decision Tools to Design the Everglades Headwaters NWR

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge (EHNWR) is strategically located in Florida to protect upland and wetland habitats. The location of the new refuge was targeted to: address pressures from urbanization and climate change, provide improved quality of water flowing southward to the Greater Everglades, and protect

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    October 11, 2019

    Earth as Art 6

    The Earth As Art project began in the early 2000s, and its original intent remains the same: to produce images that do not look like satellite images at first glance. Earth As Art shows not only what satellites capture in the visible wavelengths of light you and I can see, but also what’s hiding in the invisible wavelengths that Landsat sensors can detect in the infrared

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    Florida waterfront with storm-tide sensor attached to piling
    August 30, 2019

    Scientists track Hurricane Dorian effects on Low Country Coast

    A storm-tide sensor deployed on Florida's Indian River Lagoon, at Indian River Drive in St. Lucie County, on Aug. 30, 2019 in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. NOTE: Though the story is about the Carolinas, the photo is from Florida. No photos of the Carolinas deployment were available at the time this story was published.

    An invasive Cuban treefrog in New Orleans, LA.
    August 23, 2019

    Outstanding in the Field (Ep 4): Amphibian Surveys – Call of the Frog

    The USGS Ecosystems Mission Area brings you Outstanding in the Field, a series of stories about our science, our adventures, and our efforts to better understand our fish and wildlife and the ecosystems that support them. In this episode we describe the USGS’s efforts to track frog populations in the southeast United States. 
     

    Forecasted Gulf Coast beach erosion due to Hurricane Barry
    July 12, 2019

    Barry's wave, surge likely to affect beaches in four states

    This Coastal Change Storm Hazard Team map was created Friday, July 12, 2019 and shows forecast beach erosion (the strip of colored bars closest to the coast), overwash (middle strip) and inundation (outer strip) effects of Tropical Storm Barry’s predicted landfall in Louisiana. See https://marine.

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    Baches forecast to be affected by Hurricane Barry
    July 12, 2019

    Barry's wave, surge likely to affect beaches in four states

    This Coastal Change Storm Hazard Team map was created Friday, July 12, 2019 and shows forecast beach erosion (the strip of colored bars closest to the coast), overwash (middle strip) and inundation (outer strip) effects of Tropical Storm Barry’s predicted landfall in Louisiana. See https://marine.

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    Congressman Charlie Crist visits the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
    May 6, 2019

    Congressman Charlie Crist visits the SPCMSC

    On May 6, 2019, Congressman Charlie Crist (13th district, FL) and Operations and Outreach Director Mr. Kendrick Lewis will visit the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC). Congressman Crist requested this visit because he is interested to learn more about the Center and to discuss needs/priorities that we may have. (First row, left to right:

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    Photo of the eastern berm of Jim Foot Key. An arrow points to a growing breach in the berm after Hurricane Irma.
    April 30, 2019

    Breach in Eastern Berm of Jim Foot Key, Florida

    In Photo: Eastern berm of Jim Foot Key, April 2019.  This photo taken from Florida Bay, looking in toward the center of the island (now covered in water).  The arrow points toward a breach in the berm, first noted in 2014, but the cut has deepened significantly after Hurricane Irma, and the island interior appears to be permanently tidal.  Loss of the berm structure is

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    Interior mudflat on Jim Foot Key covered with saline water. Dead mangrove stumps and underwater grasses can be seen.
    April 27, 2019

    Interior Mudflat on Jim Foot Key, Florida

    In Photo: Interior mudflat on Jim Foot Key covered with saline water, April 2019.  Stumps of dead mangroves (reportedly damaged by Hurricane Donna in 1960 (Craighead, 1962)) are visible projecting from the water.  Shadowed areas below the water are underwater grasses typically found in Florida Bay, now growing inside the island, indicating the mudflat is converting to an 

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    Juvenile mangroves on eastern berm of Jim Foot Key. Mangroves are intermingled with saltwort.
    April 27, 2019

    Juvenile Mangroves on Jim Foot Key, Florida

    In Photo: Juvenile mangroves on eastern berm of Jim Foot Key, April 2019.  Mangroves are intermingled with saltwort, the dominant live vegetation on the damaged berms, and standing dead mangroves.  Grid is 25 cm high.  The question is whether these trees will mature fast enough to protect the berm from rising sea level. 

    Scientists from the Florence Bascom

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    jet ski exhibit at St. Petersburg Science Festival
    December 31, 2019

    USGS participated in the the St. Petersburg Science Festival, an annual event held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, that invites local schools and the science-interested public to come explore topics in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

    Image shows a satellite image of Hurricane Dorian as it approaches Florida
    September 2, 2019

    To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Dorian, visit the USGS Hurricane Dorian page at www.usgs.gov/dorian.

    Hurricane Dorian
    August 29, 2019

    Editor’s Note: This story was originally published Aug. 29 and was updated Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 to reflect changes in the number and locations of sensor deployments as Hurricane Dorian's forecast track changed.

    To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Dorian, visit the USGS Hurricane Dorian page at www.usgs.gov/dorian.

    Image: Petit Bois Island high waves weather scenario
    August 21, 2019

    USGS geologist Jim Flocks presented recent research into the influence of the geologic framework on the evolution of nearshore shore-oblique sand ridges in the northern Gulf of Mexico at the NOAA Southeast Regional Office speaker series. 

    Xan Fredericks
    July 3, 2019

    Xan Fredericks, Lidar Coordinator for the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program and the USGS Co-Chair for the Florida Coastal Mapping Program (FCMaP), will co-host and help moderate the 2019 Northeast Florida Seafloor Mapping Prioritization Workshop on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Jacksonville, Florida.

    USGS
    July 2, 2019

    Research Microbiologist John Lisle gave a presentation titled “Nutrient Removal During ASR Storage Phase by Suspended & Biofilm Bacterial Communities in the Floridan Aquifer” at the American Water Works Association/Florida Section Summer Seminar Series on June 20, 2019.

    A healthy coral reef at Buck Island, U.S. Virgin Island
    June 6, 2019

    Lauren Toth (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC), Ilsa Kuffner (Research Marine Biologist, SPCMSC), and Anastasios Stathakopoulos (Oceanographer) led a study published this week showing that the coral species that dominated Florida’s coral reef for the last 8000 years have been replaced by novel species assemblages in recent decades.

    100-year flood areas Maui, Hawaii
    May 31, 2019

    Coral reefs provide flood protection, new Aleutian tsunami evidence, sea turtle scientists head back to the field after Hurricane Michael, and more in this April-May 2019 issue of Sound Waves.

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