USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Recent News - stories from the last 14 days.
On Monday, March 2, P. Soupy Dalyander (Research Oceanographer—St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC)) will host operational staff (Ops) from the other two Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) centers to speak at SPCMSC. Marinna Martini is an engineer in the Woods Hole CMG office, and Joanne Ferreira is with the marine facilities group at the Pacific CMG center. The visitors will give an informal presentation with an overview of the capabilities of their centers; and will discuss how these two centers have collaborated in the past on field projects, equipment sharing, etc. It will also be a chance for SPCMSC staff to discuss some of their in-house capabilities, and to consider opportunities for collaboration in the future.
On February 19, Bill Schwab, oceanographer and former Center Director of Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) spoke to the research and operational staff in St. Pete about his twenty years of experience relating framework geology to the coastal geomorphology and dynamics of the southern barrier island beaches of Long Island. Bill has been working closely with SPCMSC Research Geologist Cheryl Hapke on these research efforts, as well as on the breach that was formed by Hurricane Sandy on Fire Island. Bill has focused on acquiring a time series of offshore bathymetric and backscatter sonar data to understand both the geologic context of the beach deposits in Fire Island and how they change over time.
For more information about USGS research on the new breach in Fire Island, see http://soundwaves.usgs.gov/2014/10/spotlight.html.
Visit the Fire Island Coastal Change website: http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/fire-island/.
The Coastal and Land Use planning program of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection invited scientists from both the St. Petersburg and Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Centers (SPCMSC and WHCMSC) to their 2015 Living Shorelines and Coastal Restoration Summit, to be held on 27 February at the Rutgers Eco-Complex in Bordentown, NJ. Jennifer Miselis will be presenting geomorphologic and sedimentologic change analysis resulting from Hurricane Sandy. The data were collected as part of a multi-year project that sought to characterize the physical estuarine environment of Barnegat Bay, NJ and its influence on water quality. Bathymetry, sediment distribution, and lidar resources that may inform coastal land use and restoration decisions will also be shown. Brian Andrews and Zafer Defne will present topo-bathymetric products and numerical modeling results from Barnegat Bay, NJ. Finally, Kara Doran will demonstrate the Coastal Change Hazards Portal, focusing on pre- and post-Sandy erosion hazards along the NJ coast. Discussions at the meeting will help define ways in which the breadth of USGS products and expertise can be utilized by coastal managers.
For more information about Barnegat Bay, read "Mapping, Measuring, and Modeling to Understand Water-Quality Dynamics in Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary, New Jersey" and "Hurricane Sandy Disrupts USGS Study of the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary in New Jersey, Provides Additional Research Opportunities."
On Feb. 5th, USGS Research Marine Biologist Ilsa Kuffner spoke on Florida's coral reefs at the Florida Sea Grant Extension "Salty Topics" marine speaker series at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center in St. Petersburg, FL. Despite much attention from the press, misconceptions regarding the causes of reef decline abound. Ilsa summarized the debate about reef decline and gave her thoughts on the prospects for reef recovery in the Florida Keys.
On Feb. 7th, Kara Doran and Christian Haller represented the USGS as volunteers for the National Ocean Science Bowl's Annual Spoonbill competition. The Spoonbill Bowl is a regional competition that allows high-school students to boost their knowledge of marine science and compete as a team against other schools for the opportunity to participate in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The competition is organized by the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science and takes place on the campus of USF St. Petersburg. USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center scientists and staff have supported this event since 2005, when St. Petersburg first began hosting the regional competition.
Sound Waves - USGS bi-monthly newsletter of coastal and marine research
Newswave Newsletter - U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) newsletter