Many Atolls May be Uninhabitable Within Decades Due to Climate Change
A new study shows that the combined effect of storm-induced wave-driven flooding and sea level rise on island atolls may be more severe and happen sooner than previous estimates of inundation predicted by passive “bathtub” modeling for low-lying atoll islands.
El Niño and La Niña Will Exacerbate Coastal Hazards across Entire Pacific
The projected upsurge of severe El Niño and La Niña events will cause an increase in storms leading to extreme coastal flooding and erosion in populated regions across the Pacific Ocean.
Northern Alaska Coastal Erosion Threatens Habitat and Infrastructure
In a new study published July 2015, USGS scientists found that the remote northern Alaska coast has some of the highest shoreline-erosion rates in the nation.
Climate Change Reduces Coral Reefs’ Ability to Protect Coasts
A new paper gives guidance to coastal managers to assess how climate change will affect a coral reef’s ability to mitigate coastal hazards.
USGS Underwater Coral Photo Selected as “Photo of the Day”
An underwater coral photograph taken by Curt Storlazzi in Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, was chosen by Popular Photography magazine as its Photo of the Day.
New Marine Facility Chief for the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Jenny White is the new Marine Operations Superintendent for the Marine Facility at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.
George Tate Retires from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
His plans for the future include “chasing waves and trout, sailing fast, and exploring the backcountry and backwaters of places revisited and those not yet traveled.”
Congressional Staffers Learn about Climate-Change Threats to Coastal Communities
Li Erikson explained how the USGS can help managers assess potential flooding threats to coastal communities and ecosystems caused by sea-level rise and climate-change-driven storms.