USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Recent News - stories from the last 14 days.
The SPCMSC hosted talks for fifth and sixth graders participating in the Duke TIP Crisis (Creative Resolutions of Impending Situations with Intelligent Solutions) summer program at Eckerd College. On 6/29 and 7/6 Hilary Stockdon and Nathaniel Plant (Research Oceanographers, SPCMSC) explained how their research focuses on nearshore processes, coastal geomorphology, and large-scale coastal behavior, and how it helps to anticipate impacts of storms on coastal environments and to predict the response of coastlines to future events. After the presentations Kira Barrera, (Physical Scientist and Outreach Coordinator, SPCMSC) gave a tour of the center and demonstrated the coastal erosion model. On 7/13 Ginger Tiling-Range (Geologist/GIS Specialist, SPCMSC) gave a presentation about the effects of hurricanes on mangrove ecosystems, comparing the effects of Hurricanes Andrew and Wilma on the Everglades National Park. Specifically, it addressed wind effects from the storms and resulting defoliation, storm surge, erosion, and sediment deposition.
Kara Doran (Physical Scientist, SPCMSC) and David Nagle (Computer Scientist, SPCMSC) will travel to Silver Spring, Maryland, July 19–21 to participate in a lidar technology workshop being organized by the US Army Corps of Engineers Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise. The meeting will bring together federal and private sector lidar engineers, operators, and coastal researchers to discuss new lidar technologies, applications, and collaborations.
The USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis working group investigating 'Local-scale ecosystem resilience amid global-scale ocean change: the coral reef example,' which includes Principal Investigators Ilsa Kuffner (SPCMSC), Peter Edmunds (California State University Northridge), and Ruth Gates (University of Hawaii); along with Lauren Toth (SPCMSC), Caroline Rogers (USGS Caribbean Field Station), and twelve experts from around the globe will meet July 18–22 in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The working group's goal is to uncover the geographic, biological, ecological, and physical features that characterize coral reef "oases" which seem to be doing better than others at the moment, and to evaluate the potential of these oases to catalyze broader-scale ecosystem recovery. This will be the first of two meetings, with projected products to be two high-impact journal articles.