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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: July 21, 2020

Assessment of Mercury Bioaccumulation in US National Parks Using Citizen Science

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

Date published: July 10, 2020

USGS and Partners Tracking and Removing Burmese Pythons in Southern Florida

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.

Date published: June 26, 2020

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge Summary Results for City / Town Hall Structures in FL

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

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Date published: July 27, 2020
Status: Active

Remote Sensing Coastal Change

We use remote-sensing technologies—such as aerial photography, satellite imagery, 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.

    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
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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 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 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    March 1, 2020

    FBGC Quaternary Wetlands and Permafrost Research

    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

    March 1, 2020

    Paleoecology and Ecosystem Restoration Science at the FBGC

    This video highlights paleoecology and ecosystems restoration science being conducted by the USGS Florence Bascom Geoscience Center (FBGC). The video provides a brief introduction to how scientists research questions of freshwater availability and

    March 1, 2020

    Paleoecology and Ecosystem Restoration Science at the FBGC (AD)

    This video highlights paleoecology and ecosystems restoration science being conducted by the USGS Florence Bascom Geoscience Center (FBGC). The video provides a brief introduction to how scientists research questions of freshwater availability and

    Satellite data derived cyanobacteria biomass estimate
    February 11, 2020

    Aerial image and satellite derived image of Florida Lakes

    This image is a cropped rendition of  two aerial images that demonstrate satellite-derived cyanobacteria concentrations in surface waters from an area in Florida. The top image is true-color photograph, and the bottom image is from the Medium Resolution

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    A brick building with blue trimmed windows and a blue sky
    January 3, 2020

    USGS St. Petersburg Studebaker Building

    This historic brick Studebaker Building, originally built in 1925, was chosen as the location for the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in the late 1980's. Many of the building’s original features are kept in tact to this day, including the Studebaker logos along the top of the building, and the Studebaker Distributor sign on the back of the building

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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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    December 8, 2019

    How Our Reefs Protect Us: Valuing the Benefits of U.S. Reefs (AD)

    The degradation of coastal habitats, particularly coral reefs, raises risks by increasing the exposure of coastal communities to flooding hazards during storms. 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. Here we

    December 8, 2019

    How Our Reefs Protect Us: Valuing the Benefits of U.S. Reefs

    The degradation of coastal habitats, particularly coral reefs, raises risks by increasing the exposure of coastal communities to flooding hazards during storms. 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. Here we

    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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    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!

    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).

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