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USGS researcher participates in National Weather Service Wave Run-up Workshop

Joe Long (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will travel to College Park, MD, July 12–13 to participate in a Wave Run-up Workshop being organized by the National Weather Service. The meeting will bring together weather forecasters and coastal researchers to discuss and evaluate on-going interagency efforts to build a national, operational model for wave runup.

posted: 2016-06-23

Image showing predictions for the future 15-year evolution of the restored Breton Island National Wildlife RefugeUSGS researchers present Breton Island modeling study results to FWS

On June 20, 2016, Joe Long and Soupy Dalyander (Research Oceanographers, SPCMSC), in collaboration with Coastal Engineering Consultants, Inc. (CEC), will present the Fish and Wildlife Service with results of a modeling study designed to predict the future 15-year evolution of the restored Breton Island National Wildlife Refuge. The study takes into account shoreline change rates, relative sea-level rise, and the impacts of tropical storms, and was developed to help resource managers responsible for making decisions about the restoration project.

posted: 2016-06-23

USGS researcher presents new dune erosion model at 35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering in Istanbul, Turkey

Joe Long (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will be traveling to Istanbul, Turkey July 16–22, 2016 to present on-going USGS efforts to develop and test a new model for dune erosion. He will address researchers at the 35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering which is a biennial conference that aims to promote academic and technical exchange on coastal related studies covering a wide range of topics (

posted: 2016-06-23

USGS Lidar Analyst attends American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) LiDAR workshop in Apopka, Florida

Xan Fredericks (GIS / Lidar Analyst, SPCMSC) will be attending the Joint UF / FL-ASPRS / SJRWMD ASPRS Regions-sponsored LiDAR Workshop on June 29, 2016, in Apopka, Florida, as the Center's Lidar Coordinator and as a 3DEP Working Group committee member. The purpose of this workshop is to bring members of government, academic and private sectors together to discuss updates related to all aspects of LiDAR, with special interest in the USGS 3DEP program. Meeting topics include a USGS 3DEP briefing, Methods for LiDAR QC, and Water Management District Project updates.

posted: 2016-06-23

USGS researchers meet with National Park Service management to launch collaborative project for beach-recovery forecasting at Fire Island National Seashore

St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center scientists, Jennifer Miselis and Kathleen Wilson, and computer programmer, Richard Snell, and Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center scientist, Erika Lentz, will travel to Patchogue, New York next week. The group will meet with National Park Service (NPS) personnel and management team from Fire Island National Seashore on June 30. The meeting will launch a three-year collaborative project funded through the National Resource Preservation Program, aiming to forecast beach recovery using probabilistic networks. The work also aims to aid NPS decision-making at the National Seashore.

posted: 2016-06-23

image of methane gas bubbles rising from the seafloorAtlantic Methane Seeps Surprise Scientists

Recent scientific work has confirmed the source, composition and origin of methane seeps on the Atlantic Ocean seafloor, discovered in 2012, where scientists never expected them to be.

Hundreds of methane seeps along the Atlantic seafloor were remotely imaged through camera and mapping work, but uncertainty remained as to the origin and history of the seepage. In a new study published this week, U.S. Geological Survey scientists and their collaborators, including the British Geological Survey, describe the chemistry of the methane seeps by analyzing seafloor carbonate rocks, and deep-sea mussels that were collected aboard a ship by remotely operated vehicles.

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posted: 2016-06-22

USGS Scientist gives talk at Coastal Zone Canada Conference 2016 in Toronto, Canada

Hilary Stockdon (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will be in Toronto, Canada, from June 13–15 to participate in the Coastal Zone Canada (CZC) Conference and to share the USGS National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards. The CZC Conference brings together individuals from around the world interested in all aspects of integrated ocean, coastal, lake and watershed management. Hilary will give a talk, 'A national assessment of coastal change hazards for the United States,' detailing the US approach to identifying, quantifying and modeling hazards associated with storms, sea level rise and coastal erosion.

posted: 2016-06-16

New USGS coastal change forecast model featured in Associated Press Big Story for June 11, 3016

SPCMSC Research Oceanographers Hilary Stockdon and Joe Long are interviewed in a June 11 Associated Press feature story 'High waves during storm? New forecast model tries to predict,' which discusses new operational forecasts of total water levels and potential coastal change. The article describes how the model has been used to forecast the impacts of high wave events in four pilot locations, such as Tropical Storm Colin that recently hit Florida. This is the first news story that has talked about, and talked to, potential users of these forecasts.

posted: 2016-06-16

Photograph of USGS base camp tent pitched on top of 8-month-old tsunami deposit in Icy Bay, Alaska.Studying Recent Tsunami Deposits in Icy Bay, Alaska

Southeast Alaska’s 18,000-foot Mount Saint Elias rises behind a USGS tent pitched on sandy gravel left by a tsunami 8 months ago. On October 17, 2015, a rain-soaked mountainside slid into Taan Fiord on Icy Bay, sending a giant wave more than 500 feet up the opposite slope. Large tracts of barren landscape along the fiord margins used to be forest. USGS scientists study recent tsunami deposits to better understand how tsunamis work, recognize ancient tsunami deposits, and improve natural-hazard assessments.

See a larger version of the base camp photograph. For more information, contact Bruce Richmond,, 831-460-7407.

posted: 2016-06-14

Photograph of science staff and ship crew aboard the research vessel Thompson on the stern to haul in the seismic streamer, the long, green coil on the deck.USGS Gives Congressional Briefing on Geologic Hazards in Southern California

Offshore earthquakes, undersea landslides, and tsunamis were among the hazards discussed during a USGS briefing for Congressman Adam Schiff’s staff in Southern California on June 9. Other topics included storms, landslides, wildfires, groundwater, volcanoes, onshore earthquakes, and early warning for debris flows. Geologist Jamie Conrad (Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center) described USGS studies of the offshore hazards, highlighting recent seafloor mapping off Los Angeles, autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveys done with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and findings offshore the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Congressman Schiff represents California’s 28th district in the Los Angeles area. The day-long briefing was held at the USGS Pasadena Office.

Shown here: as part of the USGS studies of Los Angeles’ offshore hazards, students from the University of Washington, USGS scientists, and ship’s crew gather on the stern of the research vessel Thompson to haul in the seismic “streamer.” This green cable is full of hydrophones that record the sound generated from a minisparker. These are used together by scientists to help them map layers of sediment and rock beneath the seafloor between Catalina Island and San Clemente Island off Southern California, an area with two active faults. See a larger version. For more information, contact Jamie Conrad,, 831-460-7407.

posted: 2016-06-14

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