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Research Highlights:

Photo of researchers retrieving the mangled mounting frame
Experiment Shows Seafloor Movement is Caused By 'Turbidity Currents'

Satellite image of SE U.S. with graphics overlain of 5 coastal change storm forecasts produced for the 2017 hurricane season
USGS NACCH Project Scientists Ready for 2018 Hurricane Season

Photo of waves washing over a road on Roi-Namur Island
Pacific Missile Tracking Site Could Be Unusable Soon Due to Climate Change

Tim Tinker of the USGS is the lead scientist on the annual sea otter survey in California
Annual Southern Sea Otter Survey

A home on Little Gasparilla Island was swept away by Hurricane Irma
Before and After: Coastal Change Caused by Hurricane Irma

Installing large boulders as riprap to armor the shore against further erosion at Goleta Beach in Southern California
Disappearing Beaches: Shoreline Change in Southern California

Eroding permafrost on Alaska’s Arctic Coast
Subsea Permafrost / Methane Hydrate on the U.S. Arctic Ocean Margin

Chirp seismic-reflection profile reveals clear pictures of the Hayward fault
Mystery Gap: Connecting Earthquake Faults Requires Many Approaches

Gabrielle and Kenneth Adelman, about to depart for Point Reyes, California
Measuring Coastal Erosion in California

deepwater vessel Chikyu
Potentially Producible Gas Hydrate Found in Indian Ocean

This screenshot of the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal shows potential weather-induced coastal changes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts
Scientists Bring Wave Action into the Picture

Pacific Ocean temperature differences during this winter
Coral Reefs, El Nino, and Climate Change: An Interview with Lauren Toth

Scientists aboard  Alaska Department of Fish and Game research vessel collaborated in seafloor mapping for multiple projects
Mystery Solved: Seafloor Mapping Reveals Cause of 1964 Alaskan Tsunami

Hurricane Sandy about a day and a half before it crossed the New Jersey coast
Hurricane Sandy: Three years later

Location map showing the tracklines and grab sample sites of the 2014 and 2015 geophysical surveys offshore of the Delmarva Peninsula
"Team Delmarva" Completes Seafloor Mapping off Delmarva Peninsula

Cerianthid anemones seen in the
Pathways to the Abyss

Erosion of the coastal bluff on Barter Island, 2011.
Northern Alaska Coastal Erosion Threatens Habitat and Infrastructure

permanent and temporary monitoring sites
Detailed Flood Information Key to More Reliable Coastal Storm Impact Estimates

Internationally adopted tsunami-evacuation sign in the city of Nehalem, Oregon
Some Communities May Not Have Time for Tsunami Evacuation

Daniel Nowacki deploying instruments in extremely soupy mud south of the Amazon River mouth
Mendenhall Postdoc Joins Estuarine Physical Response Project

Sea stars are suffering from a wasting disease epidemic in which they lose limbs and literally disintegrate in a matter of days
Virus Calculated as Culprit Killing Sea Stars

Top of description webpage for experiment conducted off Fire Island, New York, in 2014
Five New USGS Oceanographic Datasets Published Online

Researchers prepare a Van Veen sediment grab sampler for deployment
USGS Joins the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute

Hueneme Canyon was named for the nearby Port Hueneme
Interested in Naming Undersea Features?

Numerous distinct methane streams emanating from the seafloor at a cold-seep site on the upper slope
Natural Methane Seepage Is Widespread on the U.S. Atlantic Ocean Margin

Researcher stands aboard a Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo
Field Investigations of Hurricane Sandy's Impacts on Fire Island, New York

Houses in Rodanthe, North Carolina, are left in the waves at the ocean
USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal

USGS researchers take notes and measurements after coral cores were collected in Guam
Coral Reefs Along West-Central Guam—Historical Impacts

Photo shows where the island breached during Hurricane Sandy, creating a new inlet
Hurricane Sandy Impacts Did Not Contribute to Subsequent Storm Flooding

Formation of sand/oil agglomerates requires the interaction of sediment and floating oil
Tracking Oil—USGS Tools and Analysis Inform Oil-Spill Response

Numerical modeling results on February 14, 2014, showing wind speed and direction
Fire Island Oceanographic Study Update

Pine forest in Everglades National Park
EDEN and EVE—Getting the Water Right in Paradise

View looking east toward Fire Island lighthouse.
Decade of Fire Island Research Available

Close-up photograph of the vermetid core collected in 2011.
New Geologic Explanation for the Florida Middle Ground

Map of Long Island, New York
Research to Support Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Gets Boost from Supplemental Funds

Some areas that would be inundated (in red) during the SAFRR tsunami scenario.
Experts Team Up on Tsunami Resilience in California

Closeup view of Atlantic Beach on Long Island, New York, in USGS Hurricane-Induced Coastal Erosion Hazards online interactive tool.
New Reports Assess Probability of Hurricane-Induced Coastal Change

BOBSled Underwater Camera Records HD Video of Seafloor

scientists prepare to analyze pressure cores
Groundbreaking Gas Hydrate Research

Female walruses and their young
Tracking Pacific Walrus: Expedition to the Shrinking Chukchi Sea Ice

multibeam-sonar topographic imagery of the Canadian part of Georges Bank and the Fundian and Northeast Channels
Mapping the Georges Bank Seabed

Differences in rates of sea-level rise from tide-gauge records across North America over a 60-year period (1950–2009).
Sea-Level Rise Accelerating on U.S. Atlantic Coast

Methane hydrate
Gas Hydrates and Climate Warming

Male Spectacled Eider
Maps Based on Satellite Telemetry Help Tanker Avoid Sea Ducks

Coral affected by Montipora white syndrome.
Coral Reef Disease Hits Kane'ohe Bay, Hawai'i

A 1928 topographic sheet overlaid on part of a 2004 color digital orthophoto quadrangle of Big Sable Creek in Everglades National Park.
USGS Science Supports Everglades Restoration

Storm erosion of coastal bluffs at Ocean Beach
U.S. West Coast Winter 2009-10 Erosion Spike

Adult lionfish
Lionfish Spread Unprecedented

Gene Shinn photographs one of several coral reef sites he has chronicled for five decades.
Podcasts Highlight Coral Reef Health

earthquake epicenter
Powerful Earthquake, Devastating Tsunami in Japan

Polar bear
Sea-ice Habitats Could Respond Positively to Curbed Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

mean bottom stress
Unlocking Model Data via Web Services

Belize manatee and health-assessment capture crew.
Manatee Subspecies Genetically Confirmed

Dry Tortugas National Park
Marine Research in Dry Tortugas National Park

Eastern Mediterranean region, showing locations of four assessment units in the Nile Delta Basin Province.
Significant Natural-Gas Potential in Nile Delta

Gulf of Mexico, showing coastlines affected by hurricanes from 2000 to 2009.
Extreme Storms Leave Coasts Vulnerable

corals, sponges, and feather duster worms
Secret Gardens in the Mangroves of St. John

Sea otter
New Study of Pacific Sea Otter Populations and Nearshore Ecosystems

Mid-Pliocene versus modern sea-surface-temperature anomalies
Arctic Could Face Warmer and Ice-Free Conditions

Location of the 2009 epicenter and that of a similar earthquake in 1917 in relation to the bend in the Tonga trench
Tsunamis Generated from Outer-Rise Earthquakes

modified eight-passenger Pilatus Porter model PC6T
Remote Sensing Provides Unique Maps and Datasets

Playing in the sand on a Lake Michigan beach.
Beach Sand and Stomach Aches

Scientists Cliff Buck and Lauren Kaupp prepare to lower a rosette of 12 Niskin bottles
Study Demonstrates How Methylmercury Forms in the Ocean

schematic diagram of topographic highs or shoals as borrow areas for sand
Assessing Offshore Marine Sand Deposits

Julie Cherry
CO2 May Help Wetlands Keep Pace with Sea-Level Rise

Red knot
Shorebird Recovery May Require Restrictions on Bait

A tagged sea otter feeds on a rock crab
Food and Location Influence Sea Otter Exposure to Disease

Prehistoric Climate Can Help Forecast Future Changes

Alaskan Glaciers Retreating

Bald Eagle
Sea-Otter Decline Affects Kelp Forests and Eagles

Ryan Hechinger
Parasites Outweigh Predators

Satellite image of the Persian Gulf
Whitings Possible Explanation for Middle East Oil Deposits

Jay Hootch collects a water sample from the Andreafsky River
Water-Quality Monitoring

Tim Tinker observes radio-tagged sea otters
Striking Variability in Sea-Otter Diets and Feeding Strategies

Encrusting algae that developed on surfaces bathed in unaltered seawater from the adjacent reef and those that developed in seawater with pH lowered
Coral-Reef Builders Vulnerable to Ocean Acidification

deposit laid down by Hurricane Isabel
Distinguishing Tsunami from Storm Deposits

Mercury Contamination in Waterbirds Breeding in San Francisco Bay

Well-preserved new species of fossil demosponge, Miamiamplia vasiforma
Newly-Discovered Fossil Sponges

stream gage
Real-Time Water Data via Satellite Telemetry

crust pavement
Beam Time at the Stanford Linear Accelerator

tar ball
Tar Balls Washed Onto California Beaches

Second-generation DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) station
Tsunami-Forecasting System Tested by Recent Earthquakes

Typical coral-reef community observed in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Effects of CO2 Levels on Marine Life and Global Climate

Giant sand waves on the sea floor west of the Golden Gate
Underwater Sand Waves Seaward of Golden Gate Bridge

Lake whitefish
Lake Whitefish Returning to the Detroit River

instrumented tripod
Scientists Study Sources of Nitrogen in Hood Canal

Ginger Garrison conducts a site visit on Sal Island
Researcher Studies Effects of African Dust on Human and Coral Health

adult coho salmon, held by Mike Sparkman
Water Temperature Restricts Distribution of Coho Salmon in Redwood Creek

Adult California clapper rail.
Limited Reproductive Success for Endangered California Clapper Rail

Sediment map of the New York-New Jersey offshore region
usSEABED Offshore Sediment Data for the Atlantic Coast Region

Frame from the recently released computer simulation shows where and how hard the ground was shaking 15 seconds after the start of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Scientists Recreate Shaking from 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Closeup of the mud volcano in a high-resolution seismic-reflection profile
Methane Hydrate off Southern California Coast

tropical abalone and red abalone shells
Study Suggests Abalones Owe Their Huge Size to Sea Otters

California newt
Study Links Urbanization to Amphibian Decline

photo of a manatee
Using Genetic Modeling to Assess the Health and Status of Manatee Populations

Locations of ocean-bottom tsunami sensors in the Pacific Ocean as of June 2005
Brief Tsunami Warning Startles U.S. West Coast

magnetic tape that contains the seismic data
USGS and AGI Receive Valuable Seismic Data from Chevron

arctic fox taking a least auklet
Introduced Foxes Transformed Vegetation

mountain beaver
Mountain Beaver Population Slow to Recover After Wildfire

baby crane
Raising Crane

submarine canyons along the continental slope
Submarine Canyons Named for Marine Geologists

biologist makes underwater observations of fish feeding behavior
Suspended Sediment, Turbidity, and Fish Feeding Behavior

Manatee Population Analysis

Diploria labyrinthiformis
Mucus-Hosted Microbial Communities

sea fan
Study Notes Increased Disease in Marine Life

USGS Scientist Reviews NASA Mars Findings

Underwater Microscope System
Underwater Microscope System Patented

western snowy plover chick
Snowy Plover Population Recovery

aerial photograph of the wetland with parallel-grid ditching in 2002
Ecological Repercussions of Mosquito Control

harbor seal
North Pacific Marine Mammal Populations Collapsing

satellite map of Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico Contaminants

pallid cave crayfish
Nutrient Enrichment in Florida Springs

female fur seal
Ecologically Sensitive Islands in the Bering Sea

Prototype camera system covered with barnacles after 101 days on the sea floor
Prototype Underwater Camera System

European green crab
Competitive Edge of Invasive Species

diamondback terrapin
Diamondback Terrapin

scientists examine sediment in a push core from Okarito Lagoon, New Zealand
Tsunami Deposits in the Geologic Record

diesel locomotive
Ground Water Diesel Fuel Contamination

a trematode cercaria, in the free-swimming stage
Parasites as Indicators of Coastal-Ecosystem Health

a dunlin, radio-marked for tracking
Teamwork Sheds Light on Shorebird-Migration Mysteries

two sea otters feeding
What's Wrong with the California Sea Otter?

MRIB Information Circle

Rich Signell, Mike Bothner, Debbie Hutchinson, and Marinna Martini

Jim Flocks (helped by Jack Kindinger, right, and Dave Bennett) is cutting a vibracore from the ebb-tide delta of Barataria Pass.

Rio Grande

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