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Chinese visitors and USGS hosts during a field trip stop at Cove Beach in Año Nuevo State Park. Photo by Stephen Hartwell, USGS.Chinese Coastal Scientists Exchange Ideas, Discuss Future Cooperation with USGS Hosts

Eight scientists from the China Geological Survey (CGS) and affiliated organizations visited the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, on September 14 and 15, 2016. The Chinese visitors and their USGS hosts discussed their respective coastal research programs and possibilities for future cooperation. During a one-day workshop on September 14, scientists from both groups described research to address various coastal issues, including flooding, erosion, seafloor habitats, sediment movement, offshore earthquakes, and wetland loss. On September 15, the visitors learned more about USGS studies during a field trip to coastal areas north and south of Santa Cruz. Ms. Ping Yin, professor at Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology and coordinator of a new CGS coastal geology program, initiated the visit to further cooperation between CGS and USGS scientists. Contact: Bob Rosenbauer,, 831-460-7401.

posted: 2016-09-26

Graphic showing synchronized fieldwork research activitiesUSGS Multidisciplinary Field Effort at Dry Tortugas National Park

From September 26 to October 7, SPCMSC researchers Christina Kellogg and Kim Yates, assisted by Nathan Smiley, Sara Snader, and volunteer Mitch Lemon, will be engaged in integrated data and sample collection at Dry Tortugas National Park, approximately 70 miles west of Key West, as part of the Coastal and Marine Geology Program's Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CREST) project. Reefs are complex ecosystems where environmental and biological factors are constantly affecting each other, creating a heterogeneous and ever-changing landscape on both spatial and temporal scales. This effort will combine water sampling for carbonate chemistry and reef metagenome analyses. Understanding the processes that underlie whether the reef is accreting (growing) or dissolving are fundamental to questions of reef health and resiliency.

posted: 2016-09-21

Photograph of USGS scientists Jonathan Warrick and Jeff Duda receiving Riverprize recognition, see plaque, inset, in New Delhi, India. Image courtesy of International Riverfoundation.International Recognition for Historic Elwha River Restoration

Collaborative work by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to restore the Elwha River of Washington, USA, was honored during the awarding of the 2016 Thiess International Riverprize. The International RiverFoundation awards the Riverprize annually to support premier examples of river-restoration management. Research geologist Jonathan Warrick (USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center) and research ecologist Jeff Duda (USGS Western Fisheries Research Center) represented DOI at the 2016 awards ceremony, held September 14 at the 19th International River Symposium in New Delhi, India. The Elwha River Restoration Project was recognized for its unprecedented approach to restoring salmon populations and other ecosystem elements through the largest dam removal project in history. The three finalists were the Segura River of Spain, and the Niagara and Elwha Rivers of the USA. The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper project won the Riverprize. For more information, read the USGS News Release, or contact Jonathan Warrick,, 831-460-7569. View a larger version of the photo shown here.

Visit the USGS Science to Support the Elwha River Restoration Project web site.

posted: 2016-09-15

USGS scientists to give congressional briefings on the Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Plan (FIMP)

Cheryl Hapke (Center Director, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center) and Bill Schwab (Research Geophysicist, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center) will participate in briefings for NY Congressman Zeldin and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand at their NY District Offices as part of a DOI Advisory Team on September 27th. The focus of the briefings is the USACE's FIMP Environmental Impact Statement, which is currently available for public review.

posted: 2016-09-14

Research Article Published on Barrier Island Restoration Support

The article "Use of structured decision-making to explicitly incorporate environmental process understanding in management of coastal restoration projects: Case study on barrier islands of the northern Gulf of Mexico" has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Environmental Management. This project developed a framework for directly incorporating process-knowledge into barrier island restoration support that will be expanded in future efforts; will be used in guiding decisions made by USACE if the Ship Island restoration project is damaged during construction; and identified several key uncertainties limiting robust management of barrier island restoration projects. It was co-authored by Soupy Dalyander, Michelle Meyers, and Greg Steyer (USGS); Brady Mattsson (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna); Elizabeth Godsey and Justin McDonald (USACE); Mark Byrnes (Applied Coastal Research and Engineering); and Mark Ford (NPS).

posted: 2016-09-14

USGS Lidar Coordinator and Data Management Specialist attend the Location Powers: Big Data Workshop in Orlando, Florida

Xan Fredericks (Cartographer/Lidar Coordinator, SPCMSC) and Heather Schreppel (IT/Data Management Specialist, SPCMSC) will be attending the Location Powers: Big Data Workshop on September 20, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. The purpose of this workshop is to bring leading developers of big geospatial data systems together and hear the latest developments, as well as discuss the advancement of big data computing techniques applied to geospatial data and its many applications.

posted: 2016-09-14

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