USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
News Archive - stories from March 2018.
Cheryl Hapke will meet with Florida State Representative Ben Diamond on Friday, March 30, in his District office in St. Petersburg to brief him on the Florida Coastal Mapping Program. Representative Diamond learned of the Florida Coastal Mapping Program through the Innovation District in St Petersburg. As a follow-up and to find out more details on the FCMaP, the State Representative for District 68 requested a meeting with Hapke, a co-chair of the program, to provide a briefing about the program and its objectives. The Florida Coastal Mapping Program is a committed effort of 4 federal and 4 State agencies working together to coordinate coastal seafloor mapping and to develop a strategy to map all of Florida's coastal seafloor from the shore to the shelf break in the next decade.posted: 2018-03-29
Cheryl Hapke (SPCMSC Research Geologist and Florida Coastal Mapping Program Coordinator) and Xan Fredericks (Coastal and Marine Geology Program Lidar Coordinator) will participate in the Gulf of Mexico Habitat Monitoring and Mapping User Workshop and Mapping Summit at the NOAA Disaster Response Center in Mobile, Alabama, April 3–5, 2018. Hosted by the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council Monitoring and Assessment Program (CMAP) and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) Data and Monitoring Priority Issues Team, the Workshop and Summit aims to coordinate with regional stakeholders to continue gathering Gulf-wide information on existing baseline assessments, monitoring and mapping efforts, and monitoring and mapping standards, while also identifying gaps, beginning prioritization, and identifying strategies for implementing GOMA's Master Mapping Plan.posted: 2018-03-29
Christina Kellogg (SPCMSC Research Microbiologist) will attend Oceanology International in London, England, March 13–15, in her capacity as a judge for the Shell Ocean Discovery Xprize. Xprize will announce which teams are advancing to the final round of the competition as part of several sessions at the conference featuring deep-sea technology and ocean Xprize competitions. The advancing teams will share a $1-million milestone award. The Shell Ocean Discovery Xprize is an international competition intended to incentivize development of higher resolution and less expensive methods of autonomous deep-sea mapping. Oceanology International offers the world's leading forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with ocean technology and marine science communities.posted: 2018-03-02
Xan Fredericks, Lidar Coordinator for the Coastal and Marine Geology Program and Chair of the USGS Lidar Points of Contact Working Group, was selected by the USGS National Geospatial Program to serve as the USGS Federal Point of Contact for the national 3D Nation Elevation Requirements and Benefits Study, coordinating survey nominations across Mission Areas and Regions and compiling USGS responses.
Kicked off in late 2017, the 3D Nation Study will document and refine the requirements and benefits of the wide range of mission critical needs that depend on 3D elevation data to inform policy, regulation, scientific research, and management decisions. Such mission critical needs include flood risk management, infrastructure management, natural resources conservation, intermodal freight movement, safe maritime shipping and congestion avoidance, and updating nautical charts, among others. The 3D Nation Study builds on the original National Enhanced Elevation Assessment, which was key to informing the design of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to respond to the rapidly growing need for high-quality elevation data to represent the land surface. The new study will provide the ability to assess new acquisition technologies against user requirements and identify the tradeoffs between different approaches while simultaneously helping plan for the next round of 3DEP after nationwide coverage has been completed. Importantly, the study adds our inland rivers, oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes to the equation.posted: 2018-03-02