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New Bivalve Species Discovered in Arctic Ocean Sediment
A new species of bivalve mollusk (clams, mussels, oysters, and their kin) was discovered more than 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) below the Arctic Ocean surface off northern Alaska.
Mapping Fault Deformation and Large Submarine Landslides Off Southern California
To better understand offshore earthquake and tsunami hazards, USGS scientists from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center and the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center ran a multichannel seismic survey off southern California in late November.
Extreme Longevity and Slow Growth Rates of Deep-Sea Corals in Area Affected by Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Highlight Vulnerability
USGS scientists Nancy Prouty and Amanda Demopoulos and academic colleagues published “Growth rates and ages of deep-sea corals impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill” in Deep-Sea Research II in November 2014.
3D Study of Fault Junction Featured on KQED Science Blog
A recent Tectonics
paper by USGS scientists studying the junction between California’s San Andreas and Calaveras faults was featured in a KQED Science Blog. Blog author Andrew Alden described how USGS geophysicist Janet Watt
and colleagues combined geologic and geophysical data to develop a 3D picture, or model, of the fault junction.
Free-Ascending Tripod Brings Data from the Deep Seafloor of the South China Sea
Data and discoveries from this project will be at the forefront of deepwater marine-geology research for the region and probably for the world. Practical applications include choosing favorable sites for undersea cables and other infrastructure.
Postdocs Contributing to Climate-Change Studies at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Three new postdoctoral researchers (including Kingsley Odigie, pictured here) have joined the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California. Their efforts support the Climate Change Impacts to the U.S. Pacific and Arctic Coasts project.
Coastal Streams in Central California Reflect the Region’s Drought
In some periods, less rain falls and water is scarce. We are now in one of those periods: 2013 was the driest calendar year on record for the state of California, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a drought state of emergency on January 17, 2014.
USGS Scientist Participates in National Geographic’s BioBlitz 2014
Last March, more than 300 professional scientists, 2,700 school children, and countless citizen scientists participated in BioBlitz 2014—an attempt to find and identify as many plants and animals as possible within a 24-hour period in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, located near San Francisco, California.
Twenty Years of Ask-A-Geologist
Since October 4, 1994, the USGS Ask-A-Geologist project has answered Earth science questions for roughly 60,000 people. We get questions from young children, students, teachers, professionals, and the general public, who enjoy getting answers directly from USGS scientists.
USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program Science Centers Team Up
Field Investigations at Fire Island, New York, to Better Understand Hurricane Sandy’s Impacts and Support Studies of Coastal Resilience
Personal-watercraft and GPS surveys were conducted by USGS personnel from SPCMSC and from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California (PCMSC).
Integrated Geologic and Geophysical Study of the San Andreas-Calaveras Fault Junction Reveals 3D Geometry and Connectivity
USGS research geophysicist Janet Watt
and colleagues published an article in Tectonics
on their use of potential-field, geologic, geodetic, and seismicity data to study fault geometry and slip transfer through the 60-kilometer-long junction of California’s San Andreas and Calaveras faults.
USGS Part of Multiagency Investigation that Discovered New Coral Species off California
Exploration of California’s offshore areas north of Bodega Head, by a consortium of federal and state marine scientists, included PCMSC geophysicist Guy Cochrane
. Discoveries included a new species of deep-sea coral and a nursery area for catsharks and skates. Photo, courtesy of NOAA.
Shipwreck Discovered During Sampling Cruise in Monterey Bay, California
Scientists with the USGS and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) discovered a sunken barge during a weeklong sampling cruise in Monterey Bay, where they are studying sediment transport and natural hazards, including the offshore San Gregorio fault zone.
Workshops on the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program
The USGS, the California Ocean Protection Council, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration co-hosted two workshops on the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.
Mapping Changes in Beach Landscapes along Northern Monterey Bay, California
USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center scientists surveyed local beaches and the nearby ocean bottom to compile a three-dimensional map of how beaches change in northern Monterey Bay.
USGS to Participate in Inter-Agency Sea-Level Rise Panel Discussion
will serve as a subject matter expert in an Inter-Agency Sea-Level Rise Panel Discussion hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Tripod Brings Data from Deep Seafloor of South China Sea
The Free Ascending Tripod (FAT) designed and built at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center was recovered in late September after spending 5 months on the floor of the South China Sea collecting data with acoustic and optical instruments.
BOEM-Funded Mapping for Proposed Wind Farm Offshore Oregon
USGS PCMSC scientists, with collaborator from Oregon State University, mapped the seafloor in an area off Coos Bay, Oregon, under consideration for construction of a floating wind-energy facility.
New USGS Benthic Observation Sled High-Definition Seafloor Video Camera System
The “BOB Sled,” developed by personnel at the USGS PCMSC Marine Facility, can acquire video and other data as much as 700 meters (2,300 feet) below the sea surface.
Coastal Defense Tool Wins United Nations Award
The Coastal Defense app allows users to identify areas at risk of coastal erosion and inundation from waves, sea-level rise, and storm surge; examine the role of coastal habitats—such as tidal wetlands—in attenuating wave height and energy; and determine adaptation strategies that incorporate natural as well as man-made protections. For example, shown here, healthy tidal marsh (upper panel) reduces storm-wave heights, allowing levee to protect property. Degraded tidal marsh (lower panel) allows storm waves to erode and overtop levee.
USGS Talk on Applying Climate-Change Science to Coasts
On October 1, 2014, Congresswoman Lois Capps, whose district (24th) includes more than 200 miles of the central California coast, attended a talk on climate-change science by research geologist Patrick Barnard
of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center.
Briefing on deep coral reefs for the Trustee Council for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
USGS Researcher Nancy Prouty
gave a short presentation on age and growth of mesophotic reefs to the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees of Mesophotic Reefs.
Briefing Office of Insular Affairs on Coral Reef Issues in the Pacific
During the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meeting 8-13 September 2014, USGS Researcher Curt Storlazzi
explained USGS research on coral reef health and sustainability for fisheries and shoreline protection.
Coral Reefs Along West-Central Guam—Historical Impact of Watershed Change and Sedimentation
Geologic Evidence of Past Tsunamis in California
USGS Helps Celebrate the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Public Lecture on Deep-Sea Corals Takes Audience “Into the Abyss”
Spring 2014 Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group Meeting
Caribbean Seamount Exploration Will Be Live Online
Participating from shore via telepresence is USGS scientist Nancy Prouty
, along with others
June and July 2014
21st century coastal flood projections for San Francisco Bay
High-resolution flood projections for San Francisco Bay shorelines through the 21st century will be available August 2014 on the Our Coast, Our Future website
Coral Reefs Provide Critical Coastal Protection
New study shows that coral reefs provide risk-reduction benefits to hundreds of millions of coastal inhabitants around the world
USGS field team successfully maps Fire Island nearshore
Using personal watercraft, USGS coastal and marine staff from the Santa Cruz, CA and St. Petersburg, FL science centers conducted shallow-water bathymetric mapping on Fire Island, NY
Into the Abyss: Living Without Light
Watch the video of this presentation, given by PCMSC's Nancy Prouty at the USGS Evening Public Lecture Series held at the USGS Campus in Menlo Park, CA
USGS will explore Caribbean seamounts
PCMSC's Nancy Prouty will be among the scientists to sail on the Ocean Exploration Trust’s exploration vessel Nautilus in September, using the ship and an ROV to acquire data and make observations
USGS-BOEM workshop held in Santa Cruz, California
Workshop held at PCMSC sought to find ways to strengthen working relationships, improve understanding of science capabilities and planning and funding processes, and identify mutual scientific needs and goals
Assessing the vulnerability of Pacific atolls to climate change
USGS is leading a multi-agency project to assess the impacts of sea-level rise and storm-wave inundation on small Pacific atoll islets and their freshwater resources
USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program launches new website
The site features front end webpages that highlight the Program's research and expertise as they pertain to specific coastal and marine issues facing our Nation
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