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USGS scientist briefs Congressional Coastal Communities Caucus on USGS coastal change hazards science

On June 1, Hilary Stockdon (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will be in Washington, DC, to brief the Congressional Coastal Communities Caucus on USGS science and tools related to coastal change hazards. The briefing will cover current USGS research efforts for use by policy makers, emergency managers, and citizens to understand coastal hazards, and to take action to improve coastal resilience.

For more information, contact Hilary Stockdon,, 727-502-8074.

posted: 2016-05-26

map of cape cod bayWave buoy placed in Cape Cod Bay

Marine research agencies have placed a wave buoy in Cape Cod Bay about 8 miles east of the east entrance to the Cape Cod Canal, according to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The buoy, which was deployed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the Northeast Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing Systems, will measure the height, direction and period of the waves as well as the sea surface temperature, the release states. The data will be transmitted via satellite and displayed on several websites. Currently, the data, which is updated every 30 seconds, can be viewed at , and and will be available on other weather and boating websites in the future, according to the release.

The buoy has a yellow light that will flash at night, and mariners are asked to not moor or tie their vessels to the buoy, according to the release. Tying a vessel to the buoy could ruin the data transmission or damage the buoy or its mooring.

posted: 2016-05-25

Photograph by Andy ONeill, looking across the San Lorenzo River eastward at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park in Santa Cruz, Calif., on January 7, 2016.USGS Scientist Quoted in Monterey Herald Story about Regional Economic Summit

USGS oceanographer and meteorologist Andy O’Neill was quoted in a Monterey Herald article about the 2016 Monterey Bay Economic Partnership Regional Economic Summit held April 26. O’Neill represented the USGS in an exhibit area where she spoke with attendees about how shifting beaches and rising sea level can affect certain sectors of the local economy. She explained that USGS data can be used to help plan for future contingencies.

Contact: Andy O’Neill,, 831-460-7586. See a larger version of this photograph by Andy O’Neill: View across the San Lorenzo River eastward of the winter beach of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park in Santa Cruz, California, January 7, 2016.

posted: 2016-05-23

Photograph of the authors holding Acropora cervicornis dating to several centuries ago from Crocker Reef, Florida, and a typical specimen from today’s reefs in the western AtlanticMarine Biologist and Geologist publish review article on the degradation and conservation of western Atlantic coral reefs

Ilsa Kuffner (Research Marine Biologist) and Lauren Toth (Mendenhall Fellow) of the St. Petersburg Coastal & Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) published a review article entitled "A geological perspective on the degradation and conservation of western Atlantic coral reefs" in the resource-management focused journal, Conservation Biology. The article highlights the importance of geologic processes and geomorphologic structure of reefs in providing ecosystem services such as coastline protection and habitat for fisheries. The authors provide justification for adding direct measurement of biophysical processes to ecologically focused monitoring programs to achieve a more effective and balanced approach to managing coral reefs. The publication is available open-access through the journal's website:

posted: 2016-05-17

USGS Scientist involved in rollout of National Microbiome Initiative

Dr. Christina Kellogg (Research Microbiologist, SPCMSC) represented the USGS at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's debut of the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) in Washington, DC on May 13, 2016. The event brought together key Federal and non-Federal representatives to highlight new efforts and actions to advance microbiome applications for areas such as health care, food safety and security, environmental protection, and bioenergy production. The event was livestreamed at and a fact sheet describing past and future commitments was released. The goals of the NMI include supporting interdisciplinary research, developing platform technologies, and expanding the microbiome workforce.

posted: 2016-05-17

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