USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Recent News - stories from the last 14 days.
On April 8, USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) scientist Jen Flannery led a tour of five students from Louisiana State University (LSU) on a tour of the SPCMSC campus. The students were attending the American Association of Geographers (AAG) conference being held nearby in Tampa, Fla. The students are under the advisement of Dr. Kristine DeLong, a former post-doctoral researcher at the USGS SPCMSC. Kristine is currently working with the Paleoclimate and Atlantic Studies (PAST) laboratory at LSU. The tour specifically focused on the coral-core archive collection and the chemistry lab where the Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) is located.
On April 10, Wayne Wright (USGS-Salisbury, MD) flew into Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg, Fla. to conduct Lidar surveys around South Florida for approximately two weeks for the Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP). The primary objective of these flights is to coordinate with USGS field staff to conduct bathymetric calibration experiments with the new EAARL-B Lidar. Two USGS Principal Investigators are involved. Dave Zawada is leading field excursions for ground truthing of Lidar at Egmont Key (Tampa Bay) and N. Miami Beach, Fla. Both beach profiles and sonar-based bathymetry data within the areas covered by the Lidar flights will be collected. The CREST (Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies) study site at Crocker Reef near Islamorada, Fla. is also a potential field target. If conditions permit, Nathaniel Plant will divert the Lidar to survey a region from the shoreline to offshore including nearshore shoals at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The objective for this Air Force funded project is to describe how bathymetry has changed and how these changes affect sediment budgets. A large number of USGS staff are involved with the field operations. They include: Owen Brenner, Jerry Butcher, Jake Fredericks, Kyle Kelso, Christine Kranenburg, Karen Morgan, Tim Nelson, BJ Reynolds, Dave Thompson, Lance Thornton, Rudy Troche, Dana Wiese, and Phil Thompson (retired). For more detailed information on Wayne’s schedule, please contact Emily Klipp.
On April 22–23, Joe Long will be attending a workshop held by the USGS Coastal National Elevation Database Applications (CoNED) Project team and the College of Staten Island, intending to bring together storm surge modelers with the coastal elevation mapping community. The workshop is intended to foster information exchange and collaboration between lidar experts, hydrographers, geographers, and the storm-surge monitoring and modeling community.
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