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USGS scientist explains how personal watercraft are used to collect data at Science Fest 2017USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center and Wetland and Aquatic Research Center Continue Involvement in Annual St. Petersburg Science Festival

Scientists from SPCMSC and WARC will lead children, families, and the public in hands-on activities to learn about USGS science at this year's St. Petersburg Science Festival and School Day, October 19–20 ( The expo is a free, public celebration of science featuring a wide range of engaging, interactive science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) activities. USGS has been a key contributor to this event, now in its eighth year. The two-day event includes a School Day Sneak Peek, which provides elementary school students from around the county the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a variety of STEAM activities, and the Festival, which is open to the public. This event is held in conjunction with MarineQuest, the annual open house of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
For more information, contact Kaitlin Kovacs.

posted: 2018-10-17

forecast of coastal change for Hurricane MichaelHurricane surge likely to erode 75% of Florida Panhandle beaches

Hurricane Michael, which is forecast to make landfall Wednesday as a Category 3 hurricane, is very likely to cause erosion at the base of sand dunes along about three-fourths of the Florida Panhandle beaches, and to inundate more than one-fourth of that coast's dunes, causing flooding behind the protective dune line, according to coastal change experts at the U.S. Geological Survey. Read the news release and visit the USGS Hurricane Michael page at

posted: 2018-10-09

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