Unified Interior Regions

Massachusetts

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

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Phone: 508-548-8700
Fax: 508-457-2310

Woods Hole Center

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

10 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532

Phone: (508) 490-5000
Fax: (508) 490-5068

New England Water

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Date published: February 9, 2018
Status: Active

The West Brook Story

Natural systems, like rivers and streams, are remarkably complex, with many interacting parts. Data visualization tools make understanding and communicating complex ecological processes easier. Effective visualizations help users learn about patterns in data and how models work. Interactive visualizations are particularly useful, as they let users explore data and develop a personal...

Date published: February 9, 2018
Status: Active

Conservation Engineering

Engineering has an important role to play in the conservation of migratory fish species.  As a result of anthropogenic development on river systems, full and partial barriers to fish movement commonly exist in watersheds worldwide.  There is an estimated 2.5 million barriers to fish migration in the United States alone.  These barriers typically consist of small to large size dams, culverts,...

Date published: February 5, 2018
Status: Active

Fish Passage Hydraulic Flume

Many existing upstream and downstream fish passage structure designs (fishways, culverts, screens, downstream bypasses, etc.) function poorly or only for a narrow range of species or environmental conditions. Agencies currently seek improved or new designs that pass a broader range of species with increased efficiency and reliability, under a wider range of hydraulic operating conditions, and...

Date published: February 5, 2018
Status: Active

Fish Biomechanics

Biomechanics is the study of mechanical laws relating to the movement of living organisms. In regards to fish, biomechanics pertains to the body shape of different species and the various structures of fish muscles, fins, etc. The biomechanics of a fish impact its swimming performance which in turn affects its ability to surpass barriers to movement. Understanding the biomechanical drivers of...

Date published: January 23, 2018
Status: Active

Scenario-Based Assessments for Coastal Change Hazard Forecasts

A decade of USGS research on storm-driven coastal change hazards has provided the data and modeling capabilities needed to identify areas of our coastline that are likely to experience extreme and potentially hazardous erosion during an extreme storm.

Contacts: Kara Doran
Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

National Assessment of Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards

This project focuses on understanding the magnitude and variability of extreme storm impacts on sandy beaches. The overall objective is to improve real-time and scenario-based predictions of coastal change to support management of coastal infrastructure, resources, and safety. 

Contacts: Kara Doran
Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise

The original national coastal vulnerability index (CVI) assessment was motivated by expected accelerated sea-level rise (SLR) and the uncertainty in the response of the coastline to SLR. This research was conducted between 1999 and 2001, and is currently being updated using new data sources and methodology. This original study was part of the ...

Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

Long-Term Coastal Change

Goals of this task include developing and improving coastal-change assessments and supporting long-term planning and decision making to ensure sustainable coastal economies, infrastructure, and ecosystems.

Date published: December 12, 2017
Status: Active

Silvio O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory

S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory (CAFRL), Turners Falls, Massachusetts, showing Fish Passage Flume Complex in foreground

Date published: October 12, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Pagsuyoin 20171012

This presentation discusses the visual and dynamic Adaptive Drought Vulnerability Index for Strategic Emergency Response (ADVISER) model, a decision support tool that enables the adaptive mapping of regional vulnerabilities to increasing drought severity.

Date published: May 15, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Cosgrove 20170515

NOAA's National Water Model (NWM) represents the next generation of river forecasting by NOAA. The NWM is based on the National Hydrography Dataset at a scale of 1:100,000 and is being developed to provide continuous modeled river flows for all 2 million plus river reaches in the model.

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Date published: January 1, 2017

Streambed temperature data for the manuscript: Heat as a hydrologic tracer in shallow and deep heterogeneous media: analytical solution, spreadsheet tool, and field applications: U.S. Geological Survey data release

This Data Release includes temperature measurements collected using a wrapped fiber-optic tool in a Cape Cod, MA streambed on 06/06/2016 to demonstrate the application of the manuscript: Kurylyk, B.L., Irvine, D.J, Carey, S., Briggs, M.A., Werkema, D., and Bonham, M., 2017, Heat as a hydrologic tracer in shallow and deep heterogeneous media: analytical solution

Date published: July 20, 2016

Oceanographic and Water-Quality Measurements collected south of Martha’s Vineyard, MA, 2014–2015

The objective was to measure bottom stress at several locations with varying bottom depths, sediment types, and bedforms. Instruments to measure water temperature, conductivity, pressure, optical turbidity, and velocity were deployed between July 2014 and January 2015. Bottom platforms with upward-looking acoustic Doppler current profilers, pressure sensors, and water-quality sensors were...

Date published: April 20, 2016

Structures Data

USGS data portray selected structures data, including the location and characteristics of manmade facilities. Characteristics consist of a structure's physical form (footprint), function, name, location, and detailed information about the structure. The types of structures collected are largely determined by the needs of the disaster planning and response and homeland security organizations....

Date published: April 19, 2016

The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI)

The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and...

Date published: April 19, 2016

Elevation Data

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of lidar point clouds (LPC), 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.

Date published: April 18, 2016

Coastal and Marine Geology Video and Photography Portal

This portal contains U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) video and photography of the seafloor off of coastal California and Massachusetts, and aerial imagery of the coastline along segments of the Gulf of Mexico and mid-Atlantic coasts. These data were collected as part of several USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program Seafloor Mapping projects and Hurricane and Extreme Storm research.

Date published: April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery Data

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

Date published: April 12, 2016

The National Map Small-Scale Collection

The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets, most of which are at 1:1,000,000. The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

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Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

People watching data on multiple computers while eating dinner
August 5, 2019

Acquisition van on-board the Warren Jr.

Cape Cod Bay Survey 2019. Acquisition van life. Jake Fredericks (St. Pete) and Wayne Baldwin (Woods Hole) inside the Aquisition Van watching all the data come in and eating dinner.

People watching data on multiple computers while eating dinner
August 5, 2019

Acquisition van on-board the Warren Jr.

Cape Cod Bay Survey 2019. Acquisition van life. Laura Brothers (Woods Hole) inside the Aquisition Van watching all the data come in and eating dinner.

People on boat deploying equipment
August 5, 2019

Deploying the s-boom

USGS deploying the s-boom into Cape Cod Bay during the Cape Cod Bay 2019 Survey.

People on boat deploying equipment
August 5, 2019

Deploying the s-boom

USGS deploying the s-boom into Cape Cod Bay during the Cape Cod Bay 2019 Survey.

Men on back of a boat securing equipment
August 1, 2019

Securing the streamer

The start of the Cape Cod Bay 2019 Survey. Eric, Wayne, and Dave are made sure the streamer was ready for when they reach the study area.

Showing science poster to group of kids
July 30, 2019

Children's School of Science

USGS scientist Seth Ackerman shows students at the Children's School of Science how we map the seafloor. This was part of the pre-cruise for the Cape Cod Bay 2019 Survey.

The photo is taken over the shoulder of a USGS employee as he uses the Collector App to locate the survey site.
July 16, 2019

Locating survey site using Collector app

Surface Water Modeling for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

USGS employee uses Collector App to locate the survey site.​

USGS employees are setting up a total station near an old factory in preparation of taking a channel measurement.
July 16, 2019

Setting up a total station near an old factory

Surface Water Modeling for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

​USGS employees are setting up a total station near an old factory in preparation of taking a channel measurement.

July 9, 2019

Introduction to DSAS v5.0: System Requirements and Installation

This video reviews the requirements and instructions for installing the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) v5.0. For more information please visit the DSAS project page: https://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/project-pages/DSAS/ 

The Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) is a freely

July 9, 2019

Introduction to DSAS v5.0: Sample Data Workflow

This video demonstrates use of the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) v5.0 to produce rates of shoreline change. For more information please visit the DSAS project page: https://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/project-pages/DSAS/ 

The Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) is a freely

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USGS
July 30, 2014

Vital coastal storm-tide information needed to help guide storm response efforts following major storms affecting Massachusetts will be more accessible than ever due to a new monitoring network the U.S. Geological Survey is currently building.

USGS
June 25, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a new report showing that forests, wetlands and farms in the eastern United States naturally store 300 million tons of carbon a year (1,100 million tons of CO2 equivalent).

USGS
December 4, 2012

Reston, Va. – Offshore wind energy development and migratory birds is the topic of a free public lecture Wednesday, December 5, at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center in Reston, Va. 

 

USGS
May 21, 2012

The low streamflows seen throughout much of New England this April do not foreshadow a summer drought, as researchers have determined summer rainfall plays a bigger role than snowmelt runoff in determining streamflows in the summer. 

USGS science for a changing world logo
July 7, 2011

New traditional and interactive maps of the seafloor off the Massachusetts coast are being displayed for the first time at an event at the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford Monday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event is free and includes access to the facility's aquariums and exhibits.

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May 2, 2011

The work of settlers clearing the land two centuries ago may have had a far greater impact on wetland growth than previously known, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

USGS science for a changing world logo
March 21, 2011

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) today released a study which indicates that levels of naturally occurring arsenic and uranium exceed drinking water standards in some private drinking water wells in central and northeastern Massachusetts.

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March 14, 2011

Cape Cod, Massachusetts -- A three-year study into the cause of local area red tides is set to begin March 21.  A team of researchers from the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will be examining the cause of red tides in the Nauset Marsh Estuary and its embayments in Cape Cod, Mass.

USGS
March 30, 2010

In response to flooding from the current and recent rainstorms, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has flood crews making high-flow measurements throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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September 24, 2009

USGS will Grant Universities $5 Million to Beef Up Public Safety Grants totaling $5 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are being awarded to 13 universities nationwide to upgrade critical earthquake monitoring networks and increase public safety.

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Phone: 508-548-8700
Fax: 508-457-2310

Woods Hole Center

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

10 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532

Phone: (508) 490-5000
Fax: (508) 490-5068

New England Water