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Panelists discuss impacts of sea level rise in Florida on WUSF Public MediaUSGS researcher interviewed on WUSF Public Media about the impacts of sea level rise in Florida

Davina Passeri (SPCMSC Mendenhall Post-Graduate Fellow) was interviewed on "Florida Matters," a weekly public affairs program on WUSF Public Media, the Tampa Bay area's NPR station. The show focused on the impacts of sea level rise in Florida and what local governments are doing to prepare for it. The interview can be heard here:

posted: 2017-07-27

USGS Coastal Geologist Cheryl Hapke to brief New York Senator Charles Schumer's Long Island staff on the Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Plan

On Monday July 31, Cheryl Hapke (SPCMSC) and Rob Thieler (WHMSC) will provide a science briefing to the staff at Senator Charles Schumer's Long Island, NY staff on the Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Plan (FIMP). A DOI Advisory Team consisting of staff from USGS, NPS, FWS, and DOI provide input to the FIMP process by working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assure the plan meets the requirements of the regulatory agencies and is based on sound science. The goal of the plan is to provide long-term storm damage risk reduction to Long Island. The USGS has been providing science and the interpretations of the science to the team, and to the public, for over a decade. The briefing will provide an overview of the issues and the science behind FIMP to new staff in Senator Schumer's Long Island office.

posted: 2017-07-27

USGS Research Marine Biologist to participate in 38th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

From August 7–11, Ilsa Kuffner (Research Marine Biologist, SPCMSC) will represent the Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) at a meeting of the United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF), which was established in 1998 by Presidential Executive Order to lead U.S. efforts to preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. The USCRTF includes leaders of 12 Federal agencies, seven U.S. States, Territories, Commonwealths, and three Freely Associated States working together to build partnerships and strategies in support of on-the-ground action to conserve coral reefs. The theme for the 38th USCRTF meeting is "healthy reefs for a healthy economy." Kuffner will attend the weeklong meeting to promote USGS science results and lend her scientific expertise as a member of the USCRTF Climate Change Working Group. Kuffner's participation in the meeting will increase visibility of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CREST) project and strengthened coordination and collaboration with partner agencies and jurisdictional governments.

posted: 2017-07-20

Photograph taken from offshore of the Mud Creek landslide, from the USGS vessell Snavely, on July 11, 2017.USGS maps underwater part of Big Sur landslide at Mud Creek

Scientists from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center mapped the offshore extent of the Mud Creek landslide on California’s Big Sur coast on July 11, 2017. They used sonar to measure bathymetry (seafloor depth) along a series of overlapping swaths to produce a map of the underwater slide debris and surrounding seafloor. The mapping is part of an effort to understand what happens to landslide material after it enters the ocean. The team has been collecting and analyzing air photos of the Mud Creek area before and after the May 20 landslide to monitor changes in ground elevation. See provisional imagery at the Remote Sensing Coastal Change website. Contact: Jon Warrick,, 831-460-7569

posted: 2017-07-14

Photo taken of the stern of a boat showing scientists and equipment collecting cores of bayfloor sediment.Connection between two earthquake faults in the San Francisco Bay area highlighted in radio and TV interviews

USGS research geophysicist Janet Watt spoke with reporters Jenna Lane (KCBS Radio, San Francisco) on July 5 and Tom Vacar (KTVU Channel 2, San Francisco) on July 6 about her research on a connection between the Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults beneath San Pablo Bay, an arm of California’s San Francisco Bay. Watt is currently analyzing samples of bay sediment to better understand how these faults have interacted in the past—information that will improve forecasts and help communities prepare for future earthquakes. The interviews were prompted by a July 2 article in the San Jose Mercury News. The KCBS interview aired the morning of July 6, and the KTVU interview was broadcast that evening. Contact: Janet Watt,, 831-460-7565

posted: 2017-07-14

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