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News stories posted in the last 60 days. For information about a story, contact Dennis Krohn 727-502-8062.

The mysterious black pipesUSGS St. Pete facility continues to expand chilled water application

On December 8, Chris Reich (Facilities Manager) explained the appearance of the mysterious set of black pipes in the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science (SPCMSC) courtyard. The plan is to expand the chilled water to the Getting Building and replace the direct expansion (compressor style) air conditioners. The chilled water system is more efficient and effective in controlling temperature and humidity. The pipes will be buried in the courtyard between the Studebaker Building and the Getting Building. Once installed, the next phase will be to run pipe inside and convert the existing air conditioning units. This upgrade has been planned to take place during the winter months so that indoor temperatures remain reasonably comfortable during the conversion. For more information about SPCMSCs plans to continue to increase efficiencies and reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), see Highlight of 2014-05-08.

posted: 2014-12-19

USGS St. Pete Outreach–By the Numbers

Responding to a data call by Melinda Garber from Headquarters about Engaging K–12 Young People, the St. Pete Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) compiled its outreach activities for 2014. It was estimated that almost 9800 K–12 students interacted with SPCMSC staff in 21 outreach activities over the year. 44 of the SPCMSC staff or 41% of the total staff participated. Theresa Burress, our former outreach coordinator, participated in the most activities at 11. Thanks to the following USGS staff for participating: Doran, Flannery, Barrera, Haller, Kuffner, Reynolds, C., Bodin, Busch, Buster, Griffin, Kovacs, Krohn, Liu, Long, Raabe, Robbins, Smith, K., Smith, T., Toth, Brennan, Brownell, Bussey, Dalyander, DeWitt, Ellis, Fredericks, X., Gray, Kelso, Kindinger, McLaughlin, Mickey, Miselis, Moore, Morgan, Plant, Reich, Richey, Snell, Sopkin, Sosnowski, Stockdon, Terrano, and Tiling.

posted: 2014-12-19

USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) at American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting

From December 13 to 19, AGU is holding its annual fall meeting in San Francisco, California, at the Moscone Convention Center. To show the strong ties between AGU and the USGS, this year the current director and 5 former directors are speaking at a special session. USGS SPCMSC has 10 scientists as primary presenters and 17 staff listed as co-authors. Below is a list of SPCMSC first authors at the meeting:

Name Session # Title
Brenner, O. EP31B-3551 Development of new morphometrics to assess beach response and recovery
Brownell, A. EP31B-3540 The Development of a National-Scale Geomorphic and Anthropogenic Coastal Classification Framework
Dalyander, S. OS22A-05 Review of Nearshore Morphologic Prediction
Doran, K. EO31B-554 Understanding Variability in Beach Slope to Improve Forecasts of Storm-induced Water Levels
Hapke, C. EP22A-06 Sustained morphologic changes to the shoreface related to Hurricane Sandy: Fire Island, NY
Knorr, P. B41B-0034 Ocean acidification model predicts a 65% reduction in large benthic foraminiferal carbonate sediment production on the west Florida shelf by 2140
Long, J. EP22A-02 Understanding and Predicting Time-Dependent Dune Erosion
Liu, S. ED53A-3469 USGS “iCoast—Did the Coast Change?” Project: Crowd-Tagging Aerial Photographs to Improve Coastal Change Prediction Models
Smith, C. EP11B-06 The threshold between storm overwash and inundation and the implication to paleo-storm records and climate signatures.
Stockdon, H. OS14A-07 Estimating wave runup during storms using numerical and parameterized models

posted: 2014-12-19

Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE-teams announcedUSGS scientist evaluates XPRIZE Phase 2 trials

From December 10–12, Christina Kellogg, (Research Microbiologist) from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) will travel to Monterey, California, to act as a judge in the phase 2 trials of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE (see SPCMSC Highlight from 2014-09-11). Chris will be involved in a team summit followed by a judges meeting.

For more information on the XPRIZE competition, visit: http://oceanhealth.xprize.org/about/schedule.

posted: 2014-12-11

Aquifer Storage and Recovery in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration PlanUSGS scientist on Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Special Review Panel

John Lisle (Research Microbiologist) will be participating as a panel member for the review of the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Regional Study which is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and the ASR Regional Study to be held in Jacksonville, Florida, from 12/10–12/12. This requirement, for review of the ASR Regional Study, is fulfilled by a panel assembled by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences. The ASR Regional Study has three major components: a regional groundwater model, a hydrogeological evaluation (including water quality), and an ecosystem risk assessment. Dr. Lisle contributed to the groundwater quality evaluation with the USGS publication "Survival of Bacterial Indicators and the Functional Diversity of Native Microbial Communities in the Floridan Aquifer System, South Florida" (OFR 2014-1011), which was summarized in a chapter of the ASR Regional Study final report.

posted: 2014-12-11

Islamorada in the Florida KeysIslamorada, Florida fieldwork continues for supporting Coral Reef Project

USGS Dave Zawada and Kim Yates have sent a 4-person team (Nate Smiley, Legna Torres-Garcia, Anesti Stathakopoulos, and Chris Moore) to Islamorada in the Florida Keys from 12/7 to 12/12, as part of their ongoing work on Crocker Reef for the Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CREST) project. The team will be performing regular maintenance and downloading data from the Ocean Carbon System (OCS). They will also be deploying 4 Acoustic-Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs). The ADCP data will be used to model water transport on the reef.

posted: 2014-12-11

Map of study areaUSGS scientist consulted for Fire Island - Montauk Point, NY Federal Plan

Cheryl Hapke (Research Geologist) from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC), will represent the USGS on a Department of Interior (DOI) technical advisory team to provide coastal science expertise to the National Park Service (NPS) and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for planning discussions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) NY District in the development and modification of the Fire Island to Montauk Point preliminary Federal Plan. The meeting will be held at USACE Headquarters in New York City from 12/8–12/9.

posted: 2014-12-11

Ocean acidification: the new threat for marine ecosystemsUSGS Senior Scientist helped lead first Latin American Ocean Acidification (OA) Workshop

USGS St Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center scientist, Dr. Lisa Robbins, participated as an instructor and co-organizer (as lead in the Capacity Building component of the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) for the first Latin–American Ocean Acidification (LAOCA) Workshop November 10-15, 2014 held in Dichato, Chile. The workshop was sponsored by the OA-ICC and the Universidad de Concepción, Institute de Musels, Chile. Attending the workshop were 20 students from around Latin America including Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Columbia. The course was taught by Robbins and Drs. Sam Dupont (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Helen Findley (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK), Andrew Dickson (Scripps, California), Jose Martin Hernandez-Ayon (Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico), Cristian Vargas (Universidad de Concepción) and Nelson Lagos (Chile). One of the goals of this short course was to provide researchers in this new field of ocean acidification information on the "best practices" in the field. Robbins provided information on the CO2-system chemistry of ocean acidification and how to measure it using different techniques and the use of carbon calculators. In a separate mini symposium held at the University of Concepción, Robbins' powerpoint talk focused on setting up scientific networks and the framework associated with the study of OA.

For more information about the LAOCA workshop, visit: http://imo-chile.cl/latin-american-workshop-on-ocean-acidification-laoca-2014/.

posted: 2014-11-20

Graphic of the coccidioidomycosis cycle in humansUSGS scientist helps CDC staff locate source of airborne microbe

From 11/15 to 11/23, USGS microbiologist Dale Griffin will do fieldwork in Tucson, Arizona, with staff from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help locate the source of coccidioidomycosis, or Valley Fever. Even though the fungus is known to be transported airborne, it has never been captured from in-situ air samples. Dale was chosen for his experience in collecting microbe samples from African Dust that travels across the Atlantic Ocean (see Soundwaves article, March 2002). The initial CDC sampling program will be in and around Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson.

posted: 2014-11-20

USGS St. Pete office hosts USF Oceanography Undergraduates

On Oct. 29th, the undergraduate Oceanography class taught by Theresa Greely at the University of South Florida (USF) received a short 40-minute introduction to USGS Marine Science. About 33 students came to the Center with two teaching assistants. Dennis Krohn gave a 20-minute talk about big-picture research at the Coastal and Marine Geology center to half the class, while Kyle Kelso concurrently gave a demonstration of the USGS core laboratory facilities. The groups then switched so each group received a lecture and a lab tour.

posted: 2014-11-05

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