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News stories posted in the last 60 days. For information about a story, contact Betsy Boynton.

USGS Scientists travel to Pacific Panama to study the impacts of climate on coral reefs

SCMSC Research Oceanographer Lauren Toth will leave this week for the first part of a bi-annual research expedition to study the coral reefs of Pacific Panama. On this trip, Toth will visit the Gulf of Chiriqui, a region that experienced severe coral bleaching and mortality in response to the 2015–16 El Niňo event. With the help of graduate students and academic collaborators Toth will re-survey a network of oceanographic and ecological monitoring stations designed to measure the long-term response of the reefs to this climatic disturbance.

posted: 2017-02-15

USGS Lidar Coordinator to attend International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2017

Xan Fredericks, Lidar Coordinator for the Coastal and Marine Geology Program, will attend the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2017 conference in Denver, CO, February 13th–15th. ILMF ( is a technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest airborne, terrestrial, and underwater lidar, as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies. With special emphasis on data acquisition, fusion, integration, processing, and visualization, ILMF is especially useful for Asset Management, Civil Infrastructure, Coastal Zone Mapping, Emergency Services & Disaster Response, Land and Natural Resource Management, and Urban Modeling applications.

posted: 2017-02-01

USGS Lidar Coordinator to attend Coastal GeoTools 2017

Xan Fredericks, Lidar Coordinator for the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program, will attend the Coastal GeoTools 2017 conference in North Charleston, South Carolina, February 6th–9th. Coastal GeoTools ( is a conference dedicated to technology and the coastal environment, with an aim to find innovative, proven approaches to address coastal management issues, learn about the latest technologies, and build professional networks. Held since 1999, the biennial event is attended by planners, engineers, natural resource managers, geospatial analysts, and scientists from all sectors.

For more information, please contact Xan Fredericks,, 727-502-8086.

posted: 2017-01-27

New AGU journal article analyzes dune impacts during Hurricane Sandy

Researchers at the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center recently published a new paper (see “Testing model parameters for wave-induced dune erosion using observations from Hurricane Sandy”) that uses lidar data from before and after Hurricane Sandy to determine the impact to dunes along the coast of New Jersey, New York, and Maryland at over 800 beach profile locations. Based on these observations, the paper suggests potential improvements to numerical models currently used to predict dune evolution during storms.

posted: 2017-01-27

USGS Scientist invited to speak at 1st RISE Symposium in Puerto Rico

Christina A. Kellogg (Research Microbiologist, SPCMSC) has been invited to give a seminar at the University of Puerto Rico–Cayey's First Annual RISE Program Research Symposium on Saturday, January 28, 2017. The NIH-funded Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program seeks to increase the capacity of underrepresented students to complete Ph.D. degrees in biomedical sciences. Dr. Kellogg's talk is titled "Deep-Sea Coral Microbiomes and Environmental Metagenomics."

posted: 2017-01-18

USGS Oceanographer attends the Annual American Meteorological Society Meeting to Overview New USGS–National Weather Service Collaboration

SPCMSC Research Oceanographer Joseph Long will present at the upcoming American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, Washington, January 22–26, 2017. The presentation will focus on a collaboration between the USGS and NOAA/NWS to develop and validate an operational model for coastal water levels.

posted: 2017-01-12

Using corals as archives of past sea-surface temperatures

Corals provide a useful archive of ocean conditions because they live for centuries and record environmental variability in their calcium carbonate skeletons. On Monday, Jan. 1, USGS Research Marine Biologist Ilsa Kuffner and Research Geologist Julie Richey published a research article in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems entitled “Fidelity of the Sr/Ca proxy in recording ocean temperature in the western Atlantic coral Siderastrea siderea”. This work advances the application of the skeletal strontium-to-calcium ratio as a temperature proxy by providing new quality control protocols, thereby strengthening inferences about past climate variability reconstructed using coral records. This research was funded by and represents synergy between two USGS mission areas (Hazards, and Climate and Land Use Change).

posted: 2017-01-04

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