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Date published: November 30, 2020

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - October-November 2020

Learn more about the recent field activities completed by scientists in the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program at the USGS, and explore the Science Projects that guide this fieldwork.

Date published: September 28, 2020

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Florida

A total of $100,000 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Sunshine State

Date published: September 15, 2020

USGS Scientists Work on Four Tropical Cyclones at Once

Laura and Sally affecting Gulf Coast, waves from Paulette and Teddy to strike Atlantic beaches

To learn more about USGS’s role in providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Sally, visit usgs.gov/sally.

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Date published: October 29, 2020
Status: Active

Enhancing Cross-Jurisdictional Adaptive Management in the Gulf of Mexico

Using an iterative qualitative coding process, WARC researchers are identifying objectives, stressors, and management priorities to support the implementation of adaptive management in restoration programs across the Gulf of Mexico.

Date published: August 19, 2020
Status: Active

Remote Sensing Coastal Change

We use remote-sensing technologies—such as aerial photography, satellite imagery, structure-from-motion (SfM) photogrammetry, and lidar (laser-based surveying)—to measure coastal change along U.S. shorelines.

Date published: July 20, 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, PhD, Michael Beck
    Date published: April 29, 2020
    Status: Active

    LCMAP Change Stories: It's a Sprawl World After All

    The man-made Florida playland of Walt Disney World has grown outward on all sides since the amusement park’s construction commenced in the 1960s. Much of that growth has overtaken the wetlands, tree cover and grassland/shrublands near Orlando.

    Date published: April 17, 2020
    Status: Active

    The Response of Coastal Wetlands to Sea-level Rise: Understanding how Macroscale Drivers Influence Local Processes and Feedbacks

    The purpose of this work is to advance our understanding of how coastal wetland responses to sea-level rise (SLR) within the conterminous United States are likely to vary as a function of local, regional, and macroscale drivers, including climate. Based on our interactions with managers and decision makers, as well as our knowledge of the current state of the science, we propose to: (a)...

    Date published: February 11, 2020
    Status: Completed

    Fish Chat and Slam November 2019

    Fifty fish biologists from 15 organizations participated in a three-day Fish Chat and Slam event in South Florida on November 5-7, 2019.

    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.

    Date published: December 3, 2019
    Status: Completed

    Potentiometric Surface of the Upper Floridan Aquifer in the St. Johns River Water Management District and Vicinity, Florida

    Due to reduced funding, the May 2009 map will be the last publication of the Potentiometric Surface of the Upper Floridan Aquifer in the St. Johns River Water Management District and Vicinity, Florida unless additional funding sources are identified. Water-level elevations will still be measured semi-annually and published in the Annual Data Report as long as funding is available. The...

    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

    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.

    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. 

    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.

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    Date published: May 4, 2020

    SQUID-5 structure-from-motion point clouds, bathymetric maps, orthomosaics, and underwater photos of coral reefs in Florida, 2019

    The new structure-from-motion (SfM) quantitative underwater imaging device with five cameras (SQUID-5) was tested in July 2019 at Crocker Reef in the Florida Keys. The SQUID-5 was developed to meet the unique challenges of collecting SfM underwater imagery, including multiple cameras with different perspectives, accurate geographic locations of images, accurate and precise scaling of derived...

    Date published: April 23, 2020

    Domestic Wells in the United States

    Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

    Date published: January 1, 2020

    Structure-from-Motion bathymetric maps from the Florida Keys, 2019

    Structure-from-Motion (SfM) bathymetric maps were created using seafloor images collected using the new 5-camera system SfM Quantitative Underwater Imaging Device with Five Cameras (SQUID-5). Images were collected during July 2019 by towing the SQUID-5 in 3 to 4 meters of water off of Islamorada in the Florida Keys during 3 days. The five cameras were synchronized together and with a surv

    Date published: January 1, 2020

    Structure-from-Motion underwater photos from the Florida Keys, 2019

    Underwater photos were collected using a new 5-camera system, the Structure-from-Motion (SfM) Quantitative Underwater Imaging Device with Five Cameras (SQUID-5). Images were collected in July 2019 by towing the SQUID-5 in 3 to 4 meters of water off of Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The five cameras were synchronized together and with a survey-grade Global Positioning System (GPS).

    Date published: January 1, 2020

    Structure-from-Motion orthophotos from the Florida Keys, 2019

    Georeferenced orthophotos were created from structure-from-motion (SfM) data using seafloor images collected using the new 5-camera system SfM Quantitative Underwater Imaging Device with Five Cameras (SQUID-5). Images were collected in July 2019 by towing the SQUID-5 in 3 to 4 meters of water off of Islamorada in the Florida Keys during 3 days. The five cameras were synchronized together

    Date published: January 1, 2020

    Structure-from-Motion point clouds from the Florida Keys, 2019

    Structure-from-Motion (SfM) point clouds were created from seafloor images collected using the new 5-camera system SfM Quantitative Underwater Imaging Device with Five Cameras (SQUID-5). Images were collected in July 2019 by towing the SQUID-5 in 3 to 4 meters of water off of Islamorada in the Florida Keys during 3 days. The five cameras were synchronized together and with a survey-grade

    Date published: February 5, 2019

    Water Level and Salinity Analysis Mapper

    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.

    Date published: January 1, 2019

    Projected flood extent polygons and flood depth points based on 10-, 50-, 100-, and 500-year wave-energy return periods, with and without coral reefs, for the State of Hawaii (the islands of Hawaii, Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, and Oahu

    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

    Date published: January 1, 2019

    Projected flood extent polygons and flood depth points based on 10-, 50-, 100-, and 500-year wave-energy return periods, with and without coral reefs, for the Territory of Puerto Rico (the islands of Culebra, Puerto Rico, and Vieques)

    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

    Date published: January 1, 2019

    Projected flood extent polygons and flood depth points based on 10-, 50-, 100-, and 500-year wave-energy return periods, with and without coral reefs, for the State Florida (the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys)

    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

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    GIS shapefile: Sarasota County, Florida irrigated agricultural land-use for the 2018 growing season
    July 17, 2020

    This data set consists of a detailed digital map of individual irrigated fields and a summary of the irrigated acreage for the 2018 growing season developed for Sarasota County, Florida. Selected attribute data that include crop type, irrigation system, and primary water source were collected for each irrigated field.

    Reported and inventoried crop and irrigated acreage in Pasco County, Florida, 1982-2019
    July 16, 2020

    This data set consists of a detailed digital map of the extent of fields and a summary of the irrigated acreage for the period between January and December 2019 compiled for Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, and Sumter Counties, Florida. Attributes for each field include a general or specific crop type, irrigation system, and primary water source.

    Black and grey map of the contiguous 48 states shaded by the number of people using domestic wells per square kilometer (2010)
    April 23, 2020

    Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

    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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    Development of a modeling framework for predicting decadal barrier island evolution

    Predicting the decadal evolution of barrier island systems is important for coastal managers who propose restoration or preservation alternatives aimed at increasing the resiliency of the island and its associated habitats or communities. Existing numerical models for simulating morphologic changes typically include either long-term (for example,...

    Mickey, Rangley C.; Long, Joseph W.; Dalyander, P. Soupy ; Jenkins, Robert L.; Thompson, David M.; Passeri, Davina L.; Plant, Nathaniel G.
    Mickey, R.C., Long, J.W., Dalyander, P.S., Jenkins, R.L., III, Thompson, D.M., Passeri, D.L., and Plant, N.G., 2019, Development of a modeling framework for predicting decadal barrier island evolution: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1139, 46 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191139.

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    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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    2018 hurricane and wildfire supplemental funding: USGS recovery activities

    The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-123), was signed by the President on February 9, 2018. This funding provided $42.2 million to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for equipment repair and replacement, high-resolution elevation data collection in both hurricane- and wildfire-impacted...

    Hinck, Jo Ellen; Stachyra, Joseph
    Hinck, J.E., and Stachyra, J., 2018, 2018 hurricane and wildfire supplemental funding—USGS recovery activities: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3063, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183063.

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    Groundwater-flow budget for the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in southwestern Georgia and parts of Florida and Alabama, 2008–12

    As part of the National Water Census program in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin, the U.S. Geological Survey evaluated the groundwater budget of the lower ACF, with particular emphasis on recharge, characterizing the spatial and temporal relation between surface water and groundwater, and groundwater pumping. To evaluate the...

    Jones, L. Elliott; Painter, Jaime A.; LaFontaine, Jacob H.; Sepúlveda, Nicasio; Sifuentes, Dorothy F.
    Jones, L.E., Painter, Jaime, LaFontaine, Jacob, Sepulveda, Nicasio, and Sifuentes, D.F., 2017, Groundwater-flow budget for the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in southwestern Georgia and parts of Florida and Alabama, 2008–12: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5141, 76 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175141.

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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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    Photograph of a scuba diver in Double Keyhole Cave, Tampa Bay, FL
    December 31, 2020

    Double Keyhole Cave Diving

    Bobby Scharping, a post-doctoral scholar working with scientists from the USGS (John Pohlman) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Stefan Sievert and Matt Charette), documents the environmental conditions where he as emplaced an acoustic current meter and multi-sensor package 90 feet underwater AND underground in Double Keyhole Cave near the coastline of Tampa Bay

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    a dune that has been eroded several feet
    November 16, 2020

    Erosion of dunes following Tropical Storm Eta

    Tropical Storm Eta affected beaches along Florida's Gulf Coast in November 2020. Some dunes were eroded up to several feet due to the high water levels associated with the storm. Madeira Beach is home to many people and animals, and erosion events such as this can affect both habitat and infrastructure. The USGS Coastal Change Hazards

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    Aerial view of a beach under a stormy sky, the ocean with waves reaching all the way across the beach, pushing sand onto a patio
    November 11, 2020

    Tropical Storm Eta effects on Madeira Beach, Florida

    Tropical Storm Eta had effects on Florida's Gulf Coast beaches, including dune erosion and overwash. This image from the coast cam at Madeira Beach, Florida captured high water levels and resulting overwash of sand onto the patio of the Shoreline Resort. The USGS Coastal Change Hazards team works to predict these types of events to

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    five scientists on and standing near a small vessel at a dock with scuba gear on board.
    October 29, 2020

    SPCMSC and OSU researchers preparing for fieldwork in the Florida Keys

    Dr. Ilsa Kuffner of the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center and her collaborator Dr. Andrea Grottoli in the School of Earth Sciences at Ohio State University prepare for field work to study endangered elkhorn corals in the Florida Keys along with their team of researchers. They are researching where and why

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    Elkhorn coral on a cinderblock with a label on a coral reef
    October 28, 2020

    Elkhorn coral at calcification assessment station in Dry Tortugas

    Established in 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Coral Assessment Network (USGS-CAN) provides data on coral-growth (calcification) rates throughout the Florida Keys. Pictured here is one of 30 stations located in in Dry Tortugas National Park. The data document seasonal and spatial patterns in coral growth that correlate with ocean conditions and are used to guide the

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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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    Dots on map of United States show general locations where scientists recently conducted fieldwork.
    November 30, 2020

    Learn more about the recent field activities completed by scientists in the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program at the USGS, and explore the Science Projects that guide this fieldwork.

    A map of Florida showing a highlighted section in northeastern part of the state where a Critical Minerals Project will happen.
    September 28, 2020

    A total of $100,000 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Sunshine State

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

    Laura and Sally affecting Gulf Coast, waves from Paulette and Teddy to strike Atlantic beaches

    To learn more about USGS’s role in providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Sally, visit usgs.gov/sally.

    Dragonfly larvae being held in an open hand
    July 21, 2020

    A team of federal, academic, and NGO researchers conducted a national-scale assessment of mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic ecosystems using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels.

    Invasive Burmese Python
    July 10, 2020

    Washington – Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Conservancy of Southwest Florida announced they have teamed up to radio-track Burmese pythons in Big Cypress National Preserve, Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge and other areas of Southwest Florida.

    THUMBNAIL: Timelapse of City/Town Halls in FL
    June 26, 2020

    Summary statistics are now available. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

    TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in FL FINISHED
    June 18, 2020

    This challenge is now complete!  Thank you to everyone who contributed!

    TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in FL
    June 11, 2020

    This challenge is SO CLOSE to being finished!  See our spatial analysis for tips on remaining communities. 

    TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in FL
    June 4, 2020

    Volunteers contributed another 100 edits towards this challenge!  This includes ~50 new points. 

    TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in FL
    May 28, 2020

    Volunteers continue to make progress on this challenge!  There are now several green points that need to be reviewed.  

    TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in FL
    May 21, 2020

    Almost 300 points came in since we launched this challenge last week - IMPRESSIVE!

    TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in FL
    May 14, 2020

    Time to visit the beach!  Here is a new challenge for city/town halls in Florida!

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