USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
News Archive - stories from January 2018.
Xan Fredericks, Lidar Coordinator for the Coastal and Marine Geology Program, will moderate and participate in the National Elevation Assessments and Coordination session at the 2018 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, February 5–8, 2018. The session includes updates on the 3D Elevation Program, the 3D Nation Requirements and Benefits Study, the Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping, as well as a panel discussion about lessons learned and goals of future national assessments.posted: 2018-01-25
Over 400 people representing academia, wildlife managers, non-profit conservation organizations, and state and federal agencies are currently registered to attend the 21st Annual Florida Marine Turtle Permit Holder Meeting in St. Augustine FL February 2–4, 2018. The meeting will be host to a wide range of presentations and discussions about current research, trends, and emerging issues in sea turtle conservation throughout the state of Florida. Research Oceanographer Joseph Long was invited to the meeting to present work performed with collaborators Kara Dora, Justin Birchler, and Hilary Stockdon related to the impact of recent hurricanes to the Florida coast, including observed changes in shoreline and dune positions and beach volumes that could impact successful sea turtle nesting.posted: 2018-01-25
SPCMSC Research Geologist Jennifer Miselis will travel to National Park Service (NPS) Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) office in Patchogue, New York, to assist the NPS Northeast Region and the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island with a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for FIIS. As a member of the Natural Resources Workgroup, Dr. Miselis has helped to evaluate existing data and models to provide expert judgements about the exposure and vulnerability of natural assets in the park to climate changes, such as increased inundation and changes in precipitation and air temperature. At the upcoming workshop, assessments from natural, cultural, and facilities resources will be integrated to systematically determine resource vulnerability and adaptive capacity. The effort is supported by the NPS Climate Change Response Program and will result in a report in 2018.
For more information, contact Jennifer Miselis, firstname.lastname@example.org: 2018-01-25
USGS researchers Lisa L. Robbins (retired) and John T. Lisle (Research Microbiologist, SPCMSC) published an article, 'Regional Acidification Trends in Florida Shellfish Estuaries: a 20+ Year Look at pH, Oxygen, Temperature, and Salinity,' in Estuaries and Coasts. In the article pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and salinity data from 10 Florida shellfish estuaries and shellfish bed stations are compared. Over 80,000 measurements, spanning from 1980 to 2008, taken on Atlantic Ocean and West Florida coast sites showed significant regional trends of consistent pH decreases in 8 of 10 estuaries. Other significant trends include decreasing dissolved oxygen in 9 of 10 estuaries, increasing salinity in 6 of 10, and temperature increases in 3 of 10 estuaries. The data provide a synoptic view of Florida estuary trends, which reflect the complexity of changing climate and coastal ocean acidification. These data provide context for understanding, and interpreting the past and predicting future of regional water quality health of shellfish and other organisms of commercial and ecological significance along Florida's coasts.
Read the article here: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-017-0353-8posted: 2018-01-18
Research scientists from multiple agencies and universities will participate in developing a strategy for mapping all of Florida's coastal waters during a 3-day workshop in St Petersburg. The USGS and the Florida Institute of Oceanography spearheaded an effort to bring multiple federal and state agencies and stakeholders together to develop a strategy to map all of Florida's coastal waters, from the shoreline to 200 m water depth, over the coming decade. A year-long effort to assess existing data and undertake a gap analysis will culminate in a 3-day workshop Jan 9–11, 2018, to be held at the Florida Wildlife Research Institute in St Petersburg, Florida. A staffer from Representative Crist's office will be providing opening remarks and plans to attend the entirety of the workshop. Cheryl Hapke, Xan Fredericks, Jim Flocks, Jen Miselis, and Stan Locker from the SPCMSC will be participating, along with invited speaker Sam Johnson (PCMSC), and Jeff Danielson from the EROS Data Center. The technical team engaged in the effort include NOAA, BOEM, USACE, FIO, FWRI, FL DEP, USF College of Marine Science, NOVA Southeastern University, U. Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, and Florida Atlantic University.posted: 2018-01-03