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Image from the video "Exploring Causes of Coral Disease."USGS Researchers explore drivers of coral-disease outbreak in Kaua‘i

Healthy coral reefs protect the shore from wave damage, provide shelter for important fish species, and are vital to tourism. Scientists from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (Santa Cruz, California) and the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (St. Petersburg, Florida) will be working in Kaua‘i from July 29 to August 5, 2016, combining water and sediment sample collection, physical oceanography and metagenomics to look at watershed inputs, submarine ground water discharge, water residence times, and water quality in an effort to uncover environmental drivers influencing coral disease dynamics.

View the 3:46-minute video at

For more information, contact Curt Storlazzi,, 831-460-7521; or Chris Kellogg,, 727-502-8128.

posted: 2016-07-28

USGS Lidar Science Innovation WorkshopUSGS scientists present at 2016 USGS Lidar Science Innovation Workshop in Fort Collins, Colorado

Kara Doran (Physical Scientist, SPCMSC), Kathryn Smith (Ecologist, SPCMSC), Xan Fredericks (Cartographer/Lidar Coordinator, SPCMSC), and Dave Zawada (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will each give a presentation at the USGS Lidar Science Innovation Workshop August 2–4, 2016, being held at the Colorado State University Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. The workshop will be attended by an estimated 225 USGS representatives from across the bureau and will provide an unprecedented opportunity to collaborate on current and new lidar technologies for addressing science research, share applications and techniques, identify lidar data needs for cross-cutting science priorities, and educate USGS scientists on the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). Participants will also discuss and refine acquisition strategies and processes, and identify opportunities and processes for all types of lidar data collection and sharing.

posted: 2016-07-28

Nathaniel Plant gives a presentation to Duke TIP CRISIS students at SPCMSCUSGS hosts hurricane talks for middle school participants from Duke TIP Crisis summer program at Eckerd College

The SPCMSC hosted talks for fifth and sixth graders participating in the Duke TIP Crisis (Creative Resolutions of Impending Situations with Intelligent Solutions) summer program at Eckerd College. On 6/29 and 7/6 Hilary Stockdon and Nathaniel Plant (Research Oceanographers, SPCMSC) explained how their research focuses on nearshore processes, coastal geomorphology, and large-scale coastal behavior, and how it helps to anticipate impacts of storms on coastal environments and to predict the response of coastlines to future events. After the presentations Kira Barrera, (Physical Scientist and Outreach Coordinator, SPCMSC) gave a tour of the center and demonstrated the coastal erosion model. On 7/13 Ginger Tiling-Range (Geologist/GIS Specialist, SPCMSC) gave a presentation about the effects of hurricanes on mangrove ecosystems, comparing the effects of Hurricanes Andrew and Wilma on the Everglades National Park. Specifically, it addressed wind effects from the storms and resulting defoliation, storm surge, erosion, and sediment deposition.

posted: 2016-07-21

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