USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Recent News - stories from the last 14 days.
USGS scientists from the St. Petersburg Coastal & Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) Ilsa Kuffner (Research Marine Biologist) and Dale Griffin (Environmental and Public Health Microbiologist) will be judges at the 2016 Pinellas Regional Science & Engineering Fair held at the Seminole Middle School on Saturday, February 6th 2016, from 8am to 3pm. Over 200 projects in 13 categories and research areas are anticipated from public and private middle and high school students again this year. Twenty-four students will be chosen to represent the Pinellas Region at the 61st Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland. The students' interactions with professional scientists will provide valuable experiences for their individual growth in academic studies, as well as assisting them in future career decisions.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is holding its annual Ocean Sciences meeting in New Orleans, Lousiana, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 21–26 February 2016. Cosponsored by AGU, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and The Oceanography Society, the Ocean Sciences Meeting will consist of a diverse program covering topics in all areas of the ocean sciences discipline. The USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) will be represented at this meeting by 9 researchers. Research spans a range of topics including coastal sedimentary systems, remote sensing, and numerical modeling.
|Bernier, J.||MG44B: Response of Coastal Sedimentary Systems to Anthropogenic Alterations and Climate Change II Posters||Morphological controls on barrier-island response and recovery following natural and anthropogenic perturbations, northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana|
|Brown, J.||EC14C: Nearshore Processes IV Posters||Extracting Maximum Total Water Levels from Video "Brightest" Images|
|Dalyander, P.||MG14A: Sediment Dynamics in Coastal Settings: Observations and Modeling of Sediment Transport, Morphology, and Change on Event to Decadal Timescale||Parameterization of Beach and Dune Recovery to Inform Decadal Scale Prediction of Barrier Island Evolution|
|Long, J.||MG21A-03: Sediment Dynamics in Coastal Settings: Observations and Modeling of Sediment Transport, Morphology, and Change on Event to Decadal Timescales III||Combining remotely sensed data and numerical modeling to investigate the impacts of vegetation on barrier island erosion|
|Miselis, J.||MG41A: Response of Coastal Sedimentary Systems to Anthropogenic Alterations and Climate Change I||Toward Quantifying Shoreface Contributions to Littoral Sediment Budgets|
|Nelson, T.||MG21A: Sediment Dynamics in Coastal Settings: Observations and Modeling of Sediment Transport, Morphology, and Change on Event to Decadal Timescales III||Barrier Island Breaching in Response to Extreme Storms: Morphodynamic Evolution of the Fire Island Wilderness Breach|
|Torres-Garcia, L.||EC24C: Observations and Modeling of Physical Processes along Coral Reef-Lined Coasts II Posters||Evaluation and Application of Wave and Ocean Circulation Models to Understand Coral Reef Processes|
|Wilson, K.||MG14A: Sediment Dynamics in Coastal Settings: Observations and Modeling of Sediment Transport, Morphology, and Change on Event to Decadal Timescales II||Development of a Probabilistic Decision-Support Model to Forecast Coastal Resilience|
|Zawada, D.||EC23A-03: Observations and Modeling of Physical Processes along Coral Reef-Lined Coasts I||An Integrated Study of the Degadation of a Reefscape in the Florida Keys|
Joe Long (SPCMSC oceanographer) has a newly published research article in the Journal of Geophysical Research—Oceans which investigates the spatial and temporal scales of nearshore hydrodynamics in a region strongly influenced by offshore submarine canyons. The new study modeled hydrodynamics along a particular section of the coast for 4 consecutive weeks, and highlights the role that wave direction and nonlinear processes play in dictating nearshore rip currents in this complex coastal environment. The full publication can be accessed here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015JC010990/full (DOI: 10.1002/2015JC010990).
On February 3, 2016, USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) researchers will meet with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) in Thibodaux, Louisiana. SPCMSC scientists Jack Kindinger (Geologist), Jim Flocks (Research Geologist), and Stan Locker (Research Geologist) will join CPRA Project Managers and Senior Administrative Officials to discuss Louisiana's Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring Program. Since 2005, the USGS has provided scientific guidance, as well as assistance in developing and implementing the BICM Program. This discussion will address continuing projects that were implemented in 2015; and will plan the multi-year program (2015–2019), which is under the leadership of the USGS. For more information visit http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/geo-evo/research/bicm.html.
Read the entire News Release from February 1, 2016.
From January 20–27, Owen Brenner and Kat Wilson, research staff from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, are conducting GPS monitoring surveys on Fire Island, New York, as part of the continuing efforts to assess post-Sandy beach recovery. In an extended field effort, the team has been able to collect surveys both immediately prior to and following the January 2016 Nor'easter, capturing storm impacts in the largest storm to make landfall at Fire Island since Hurricane Sandy. The work is part of Hurricane Sandy Supplemental project GS2-2B. Surveys of shorelines and beach profiles were first collected just before Hurricane Sandy, and have been collected frequently in the three years since. The data produced from the surveys will also provide important baseline monitoring for the planned beach nourishment projects at Fire Island.
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