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Researchers view a flooded building In Barnagat Bay after Hurricane SandyArticle by USGS Researcher Featured in Newsletter for Coastal Managers

An article published in Estuaries and Coasts (Miselis et al., 2015; was selected by the Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) to be featured in the current issue of Coastal and Estuarine Science News (CESN), an electronic newsletter for coastal managers. The article addresses the coupled barrier island and estuarine response of Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, to Hurricane Sandy and demonstrates differences in morphologic response between developed and undeveloped shoreline regions. The article was chosen for its "strong implication for management of coastal areas." The newsletter was published on 18 April 2016 and is entitled "Sand and Sandy" (

For more information, contact Jennifer Miselis (SPCMSC Research Geologist),, 727-502-8088.

posted: 2016-04-21

USGS scientific diver deploying an oceanographic instrument package in a patch of rubble on the coral reef off Roi-Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall IslandsUSGS cited for most credible ocean research

In a recent report, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) took first place for science research credibility among ocean resource managers and interest group leaders. The study authors asked several hundred people to rank the research reputations of 12 government agencies and organization types on “marine resource management and environmental policy issues.” USGS also took second place overall (behind public research universities) for scientific research credibility. The article, published in Ocean & Coastal Management, analyzed 570 surveys returned by scientists, managers, and interest group leaders. The study also found that the top three indicators of credible scientists were “quality of the methodology used in their scientific research,” “scientific data and information they generate in their research,” and “experience and knowledge of the management of marine resources.” USGS has a long history of high-quality research methods and data sharing, combined with experienced and knowledgeable ocean research staff.

Contact: Rex Sanders,, 831-460-7555.

posted: 2016-04-20

USGS scientist deploying an oceanographic instrument package on the reef flat off Roi-Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.USGS scientist to brief Department of Defense and Department of the Interior on coral reefs and climate change

On the morning of May 3, 2016, USGS oceanographer Curt Storlazzi (Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center) will brief the Department of Defense on coral reefs and climate change in the Pacific Ocean. That afternoon, he will brief the Department of the Interior and its Office of Insular Affairs. Storlazzi leads the USGS Pacific Coral Reefs project. Recent results show that climate change may reduce the ability of coral reefs to protect tropical islands against wave attack, erosion, and salinization of drinking-water resources (read the article). Storlazzi's briefings will describe these and other findings, including the likely impacts of sea-level rise and climate change on Pacific atolls that house DoD installations.

Contact:Curt Storlazzi.

posted: 2016-04-19

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