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Jump-starting coastal wetland restoration: A comparison of marsh and mangrove foundation species

During coastal wetland restoration, foundation plant species play a critical role in creating habitat, modulating ecosystem functions, and supporting ecological communities. Following initial hydrologic restoration, foundation plant species can help stabilize sediments and jump-start ecosystem development. Different foundation species, however,...

Yando, Erik S.; Osland, Michael; Jones, Scott; Hester, Mark W.

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The use of national datasets to produce an average annual water budget for the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, 2000–13

OverviewWater is a critically important resource for the Mississippi Alluvial Plain (MAP) region, supporting a multibillion-dollar agricultural industry. There are concerns that continued withdrawals of groundwater for irrigation may decrease future water supplies. The U.S. Geological Survey has a history of conducting research in the MAP region...

Reitz, Meredith; Kress, Wade
Reitz, M., and Kress, W.H., The use of national datasets to produce an average annual water budget for the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, 2000–13: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3001, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193001.

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Success of lake restoration depends on spatial aspects of nutrient loading and hydrology

Many aquatic ecosystems have deteriorated due to human activities and their restoration is often troublesome. It is proposed here that the restoration success of deteriorated lakes critically depends on hitherto largely neglected spatial heterogeneity in nutrient loading and hydrology. A modelling approach is used to study this hypothesis by...

Janssen, Annette B.G.; van Wijk, Dianneke; van Gerven, Luuk P.A.; Bakker, Elisabeth S.; Brederveld, Robert J.; DeAngelis, Donald L.; Janse, Jan H.; Mooij, Wolf M.

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A federal-state partnership for mapping Florida's coast and seafloor

The Florida Coastal Mapping Program, a partnership of state and federal agencies, has a goal of having modern, consistent, high- resolution sea-floor data for all of Florida’s coastal zone in the next decade to support a myriad of coastal zone science and management applications. One of the early steps in the implementation process is to...

Hapke, Cheryl J.; Druyor, Ryan; Baumstark, Rene D.; Kramer, Philip; Fitos, Ekaterina; Fredericks, Xan; Fetherston-Resch, Elizabeth H.

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Improving estimates of coral reef construction and erosion with in-situ measurements

The decline in living coral since the 1970s has conspicuously slowed reef construction on a global scale, but the related process of reef erosion is less visible and not often quantified. Here we present new data on the constructional and deconstructional side of the carbonate-budget equation in the Florida Keys, U.S.A. We documented Orbicella spp...

Kuffner, Ilsa B.; Toth, Lauren T.; Hudson, J. Harold; Goodwin, William B.; Stathakopoulos, Anastasios; Bartlett, Lucy; Whitcher, Elizabeth M.

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Factors affecting prey availability and habitat usage of nonbreeding piping plovers (Charadrius melodus) in coastal Louisiana

The Gulf of Mexico is home to a large proportion of the wintering population of the threatened piping plover (Charadrius melodus), but little is known about the bird's ecology in this region. In Louisiana, the majority of nonbreeding piping plovers are found on the state's rapidly eroding barrier islands. Between August 2013 and May 2014, surveys...

Schulz, Jessica L.; Leberg, Paul

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Modeling barrier island habitats using landscape position information

Barrier islands are dynamic environments because of their position along the marine–estuarine interface. Geomorphology influences habitat distribution on barrier islands by regulating exposure to harsh abiotic conditions. Researchers have identified linkages between habitat and landscape position, such as elevation and distance from shore, yet...

Enwright, Nicholas; Lei Wang; Wang, Hongqing; Osland, Michael; Feher, Laura; Borchert, Sinéad M.; Day, Richard

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Drivers and impacts of water level fluctuations in the Mississippi River delta: Implications for delta restoration

This review synthesizes the knowledge regarding the environmental forces affecting water level variability in the coastal waters of the Mississippi River delta and relates these fluctuations to planned river diversions. Water level fluctuations vary significantly across temporal and spatial scales, and are subject to influences from river flow,...

Hiatt, Matthew R.; Snedden, Gregg; Day, John W.; Rohli, Robert V.; Nyman, John A.; Lane, Robert R.; Sharp, Leigh A.

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Efficacy of eDNA as an early detection indicator for Burmese pythons in the ARM Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem

Environmental DNA (eDNA) detection of invasive species can be used to delimited occupied ranges and estimate probabilities to inform management decisions. Environmental DNA is shed into the environment through skin cells and bodily fluids and can be detected in water samples collected from lakes, rivers, and swamps. In south Florida, invasive...

Hunter, Margaret; Meigs-Friend, Gaia; Ferrante, Jason; Smith, Brian; Hart, Kristen

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A review of machine learning applications to coastal sediment transport and morphodynamics

A range of computer science methods under the heading of machine learning (ML) enables the extraction of insight and quantitative relationships from multidimensional datasets. Here, we review some common ML methods and their application to studies of coastal morphodynamics and sediment transport. We examine aspects of ‘what’ and ‘why’ ML methods...

Goldstein, Evan ; Coco, Giovanni ; Plant, Nathaniel G.

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Quantifying risk of whale–vessel collisions across space, time, and management policies

Transportation industries can negatively impact wildlife populations, including through increased risk of mortality. To mitigate this risk successfully, managers and conservationists must estimate risk across space, time, and alternative management policies. Evaluating this risk at fine spatial and temporal scales can be challenging, especially in...

Crum, Nathan J.; Gowan, Timothy A.; Krzystan, Andrea; Martin, Julien

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Examination of Bathymodiolus childressi nutritional sources, isotopic niches, and food-web linkages at two seeps in the US Atlantic margin using stable isotope analysis and mixing models

Chemosynthetic environments support distinct benthic communities capable of utilizing reduced chemical compounds for nutrition. Hundreds of methane seeps have been documented along the U.S. Atlantic margin (USAM), and detailed investigations at a few seeps have revealed distinct environments containing mussels, ...

Demopoulos, Amanda; McClain Counts, Jennifer; Bourque, Jill; Prouty, Nancy; Smith, Brian; Brooke, Sandra; Ross, Steve W.; Ruppel, Carolyn

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Flint River at Albany (02352500)

We have installed a webcam at the Flint River at Albany to allow you to view, in real time, the current river-stage conditions.

During periods of flooding, the South Atlantic Water Science Center - Georgia will take control of the camera.

Camera is sponsored by the USGS National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP

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Groundwater levels affect if Radium Springs, GA flows or is dry.

Radium Spring, Radium Springs Gardens & Historic Site, Dougherty County, Georgia

Radium Springs was once reported to be the largest spring in Georgia flowing 70,000 gallons per minute. As, this "before" picture shows, it still flows when Floridan Aquifer water levels are high enough.

In the summer of 2012 when south Georgia was

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Image: Invasive Burmese Python on Her Nest in South Florida

Invasive Burmese Python on Her Nest in South Florida

A female Burmese python (Python molurus) on her nest with eggs. Photo by Jemeema Carrigan, University of Florida. Courtesy of Skip Snow, National Park Service. Used with permission.

View of river from webcam

Savannah River at Savannah (021989773)

We have installed a webcam at the Savannah River at Savannah to allow you to view, in real time, the current river-stage conditions.

During periods of flooding, the South Atlantic Water Science Center - Georgia will take control of the camera.

Camera is sponsored by the USGS National Streamflow Information Program (

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Image: Yellow Anaconda Captured at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida

Yellow Anaconda Captured at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida

Yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus) specimen captured at Big Cypress National Preserve. Photo courtesy of Skip Snow, National Park Service.

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