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Rounded to subrounded boulders and rugose rock (water depth, 30 m). Abiotic complexity is high, biotic complexity is absent, and biocover is high. Biocover includes bat star; sea anemone; strawberry anemone, cup corals; and frilly sea cucumbers.Coastal Video and Photograph Portal on Front Page of California Newspaper Santa Cruz Sentinel

USGS geographer Nadine Golden was interviewed on March 23, 2015, by Santa Cruz Sentinel reporter Samantha Clark about the newly released USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Video and Photograph Portal (http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=4156). Clark’s article was published online on March 23 (http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/science/20150323/dive-into-2000-miles-of-coastline-imagery-with-us-geological-survey) and on the front page of the print edition on March 24. The portal contains thousands of photographs and videos of seabed and coastline along the nation’s Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific shores. It allows anyone to explore never-before-seen areas; it helps coastal managers and scientists study seafloor composition and habitats and better understand coastal hazards. Puget Sound, Hawaii, and the Arctic will eventually be represented. Additional video and photographs, including archived imagery, will be added as they become available. For more information, visit the portal (http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7JH3J7N) or contact Nadine Golden, ngolden@usgs.gov, 831-460-7530.

posted: 2015-03-28



Screen shots from the new video and photo portal.Newly Released Database of Coastal and Seafloor Imagery Draws Media Attention

LA Times science writer Sean Greene interviewed USGS geographer Nadine Golden on March 18, 2015, about the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Video and Photograph Portal released that day (http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7JH3J7N). The portal makes thousands of photos and videos of the seafloor and coastline (most areas never seen before) available and easily accessible online. This database is the largest of its kind, providing detailed and fine-scale representations of the coast. New video and photographs will be added as they are collected, and archived imagery will also be incorporated over time. The database will help coastal managers to make important decisions, ranging from protecting habitats to understanding hazards and managing land use. Greene’s piece on the portal appeared in the LA Times online Science section (http://touch.latimes.com/#section/621/article/p2p-83101019/) on March 20. For more information, contact Nadine Golden, ngolden@usgs.gov, 831-460-7530.

posted: 2015-03-23



Deltares partners: U Miami, TUDelft, UNESCO-IHEDeltares researchers visiting USGS scientists to develop coastal evolution and coastal vulnerability models

Researchers from the Dutch coastal research institute Deltares are visiting the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) March 16–19, 2015. Ap van Dongeren and Arnold van Rooijen are meeting with USGS researchers Nathaniel Plant, Joe Long, Hilary Stockdon, and Cheryl Hapke to discuss collaborative projects to predict coastal evolution and to assess coastal vulnerability. Topics include evolution of barrier-island breaches formed by Hurricane Sandy, runup during extreme storms, and coupling of detailed modeling, observed coastal change, and coastal damage assessments. The meeting will result in plans for testing improved model formulations and for applying models to new coastal-process problems.

For more information about Deltares Coastal Research Institute, visit http://www.deltares.nl/en/about-deltares.

posted: 2015-03-19



Sea-level graphic showing different resolutionsSouth Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Chief Modeler Obeysekera speaks at both USGS SPCMSC and USF St. Petersburg Campus

On Friday, March 20th, Jayantha Obeysekera, Chief Modeler of Hydrologic and Environmental Systems for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), will speak to the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) regarding opportunities to construct storm surge models to aid storm-response resource planning for the Florida east coast counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. Dr. Obeysekera will discuss the roles and responsibilities of SFWMD for addressing the storm preparedness needs of the participating counties. At a recent conference on Saltwater Intrusion Modeling in July, county managers explained that one of the principal weaknesses they saw in their current storm preparedness was the lack of communication between the models computed by SFWMD to predict fresh water and saltwater flows and levels, and the models predicting storm surge computed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the USGS. NWS models are primarily created by modelers at SPCMSC. After his noon talk at SPCMSC, Dr. Obeysekera will speak at the University of South Florida lecture series at 3:30 pm on the concept of Non-Stationarity for estimating future floods and extreme sea levels.

For more information about the concepts of Non-Stationarity, see a video of Dr. Obeysekera's NH52A-03 talk posted at the 2014 American Geophysical Union Meeting: https://virtualoptions.agu.org/media/NH52A-03.+Extreme+Sea+Levels+and+Coastal+Flood+Risk+in+a+Changing+Climate+I,+Presented+By+Jayantha+Obeysekera/0_z7wnonz8. (Free login required to view video.)

posted: 2015-03-19



Photo showing coastal change after Hurricane SandyUSGS Researchers continue Post-Sandy Recovery Assessment

From March 17–21, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science (SPCMSC) Research Geologist, Cheryl Hapke, will travel to New York to represent the USGS as the Department of Interior's (DOI) science advisor for a Conditional Breach Protocol Plan. The meeting will be held at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters in New York City. Following the meeting, Cheryl will join Owen Brenner on Long Island, New York. They will conduct GPS monitoring surveys on Fire Island, New York, as part of the continuing efforts to assess post-Sandy beach recovery. These surveys support the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Fire Island project.

For more information on the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Fire Island project, visit: http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/fire-island/.

posted: 2015-03-19



14 semifinalist teams selected for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZEUSGS scientist participates in XPRIZE Phase 3 trial evaluations

From March 6–10, Christina Kellogg (Research Microbiologist) from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) will travel to Seattle, Washington, to act as a judge in the Phase 3 trials of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE (see SPCMSC Highlights from 2014-09-11 and 2014-12-11). This $2 million competition has teams ranging from high school students to instrument manufacturers, vying to develop accurate and affordable ocean pH sensors to actually measure the predicted acidification of the oceans. Fourteen teams have advanced to the Phase 3 coastal trials in Puget Sound, Washington, having successfully put their pH sensors through a three-month test under laboratory conditions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Monterey, California, this past fall. The top submissions will advance to deep-sea trials off Hawaii in May 2015.

For more information, visit: http://oceanhealth.xprize.org/press-release/14-teams-advance-seattle-aquarium-pursuit-of-2-million-wendy-schmidt-ocean.

posted: 2015-03-17



Best Data Management Practices Flowchart from presentationBriefing to Florida Water Centers Highlights Best Data Management Practices

The USGS Tampa Water Science office has invited Heather Henkel (Information Technology Specialist—St. Petersburg, Fla.) to give a presentation to Caribbean-Florida Water Science Centers on the newly-released U.S. Geological Survey Instructional Manual on Data Management and to learn what resources are available. The purpose of this presentation is to boil down the wealth of information resources and highlight some of the more important aspects of data management in the USGS. The presentation will cover data management topics, such as:

Survey working groups,
Where to find help (including the USGS Data Management website),
Free training, handouts, guidance on creating digital object identifiers (doi's) for data release,
How to create metadata and data management plans, and Links to resources.

posted: 2015-03-17



Potential influence of sea-level rise on storm flooding in Del Mar, California, as calculated by the Coastal Storm Modeling SystemGeologist Addresses Government Group on Assessing Coastal Climate-Change Impacts in San Diego Region

On March 5, 2015, USGS coastal geologist Patrick Barnard gave an invited presentation to San Diego area government officials and coastal managers from the Shoreline Preservation Working Group of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) on climate-change impacts that could affect their planning for the region. Barnard introduced the group to the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS), a numerical modeling system developed by the USGS and Netherlands-based research institute Deltares to predict coastal flooding caused by both sea-level rise and storms driven by climate change. CoSMoS was developed to provide coastal planners and emergency responders with critical storm-hazard information that they can use to increase public safety, mitigate physical damage, and more effectively manage and allocate resources within complex coastal settings. For more information, contact Patrick Barnard, pbarnard@usgs.gov, 831-460-7556.

posted: 2015-03-16



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