USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Recent News - stories from the last 14 days.
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: http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/florida-matters-sea-level-rise-sunshine-state.
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.
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.