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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

Large storm waves crashing on the rocks near Santa Cruz, California. Photo by Christie Hegermiller, USGSUSGS News Release: Severe West Coast Erosion During 2015-16 El Niño

Release Date: FEBRUARY 14, 2017
In a study released today, U.S. Geological Survey scientists and their colleagues document how the 2015-16 winter featured one of the most powerful El NiƱo climate events of the last 145 years.

Read the February 14, 2017 USGS News Release.

posted: 2017-02-14

Illustration showing seafloor habitat areas developed from various sources.USGS scientist describes techniques for mapping coral reefs

USGS geologist Curt Storlazzi explains how the USGS uses multiple techniques to map coral reefs in “Mapping Methods Prove Helpful in Protecting Coral Reefs,” published February 10, 2017, in POB. Storlazzi leads the USGS Pacific Coral Reefs project. POB, for “Point of Beginning,” a surveyor’s term, is a newsletter for professional surveyors and mappers.

Contact: Curt Storlazzi,, 831-460-7521.

posted: 2017-02-13

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