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Visiting scientist from Japan assisting shoreline-change studies in California

Masayuki Banno is spending a year-long sabbatical with the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, collaborating with Patrick Barnard’s coastal-change group. Masayuki is a Visiting Scientist from Japan’s Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI), a government agency similar to USGS. Masayuki has been a research scientist with PARI since 2009. As a member of PARI’s Coastal and Estuarine Sediment Dynamics Group, he studies short-term beach response to waves, as well as processes that drive long-term coastal change. Masayuki received his Ph.D. from Kyushu University. In 2015, he received the Best Paper Award from the Coastal Engineering Committee of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers. Masayuki is working with Barnard’s team and their data sets to further develop and test his shoreline-change model. He and his family will be in Santa Cruz until September. Contact: Patrick Barnard,, 831-460-7556posted: 2018-03-15

Four scientists stand around a table in a lab with gray sediment core samples on the table, and they are examining the sediment.Laboratory collaboration to study earthquake hazards off southeast Alaska and western Canada

USGS scientists and colleagues from the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), University of Calgary, Sitka Sound Science Center, and U.S. Forest Service spent a week in February at GSC laboratories in British Columbia investigating earthquake hazards posed by the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault. They examined dozens of sediment cores collected during a September 2017 research cruise along the fault, which ruptured in at least six major earthquakes during the past century. GSC personnel have spent months analyzing the sediment cores’ physical properties; the group that met in February extracted nearly 500 sediment samples to be dated using radiocarbon analysis and other methods. Knowing ages of sediment layers will help the scientists analyze recurrence intervals of earthquakes and submarine landslides to better estimate quake and tsunami hazards associated with the fault. Contacts: Amy East,, 831-460-7533; Danny Brothers,, 831-460-7460posted: 2018-03-12

Photo of Andrew PomeroyFulbright Scholar Joins Coral Reef Project at Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

The Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC) in Santa Cruz, California, recently welcomed Andrew Pomeroy, a Fulbright scholar from Australia who will spend approximately 6 months here conducting research on sediment movement in coral reef systems. Andrew is a coastal oceanographer and engineer from the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre in Perth, where he has a joint appointment with the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. His research interests include the interaction of waves, currents, and sediment with benthic communities, such as sea-grass meadows, aquaculture farms, and reef ecosystems. Andrew’s USGS host is research oceanographer Curt Storlazzi, who leads PCMSC’s Coral Reef Project and worked with Andrew in 2013 on an extensive field campaign by USGS and UWA scientists at Australia’s Ningaloo Reef. Contact: Curt Storlazzi,, 831-460-4748posted: 2018-03-08

Image of Erika Lentz and Jim CantoreMassachusetts Coastal Storms Impacts

Coastal and shoreline change related to storms and sea-level rise! Dr. Erika Lentz, USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center research geologist, talks nor'easter impacts with Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel on Peggotty Beach in Scituate, Massachusetts following Winter Storm Riley, March 2018. Learn more about coastal landscape response to sea-level rise assessment for the northeastern United Statesposted: 2018-03-06

USGS Scientist Attends Oceanology International as part of Xprize Delegation

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

CMGP Lidar Coordinator selected to serve as USGS Federal Point of Contact/Coordinator for 3D Nation Elevation Requirements and Benefits Study

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

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