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USGS Joins the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute—A Partnership for Integrated Climate Research to Help Local and Regional Leaders



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On August 28, 2014, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) participated in the inaugural meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute (MACRI) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. MACRI is a partnership of institutions that conduct climate-related research in the Mid-Atlantic coastal zone. Other members of MACRI include NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chincoteague Bay Field Station of the Marine Science Consortium, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (College of William and Mary), the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research Network (University of Virginia), the Nature Conservancy, the University of Delaware, and the University of Maryland.

Researchers prepare a Van Veen sediment grab sampler for deployment
Above: Alex Nichols (left) and Seth Ackerman prepare a Van Veen sediment grab sampler for deployment during a 2014 geophysical and sampling cruise conducted offshore of the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) Peninsula (“USGS Scientists Conduct Comprehensive Seafloor Mapping off the Delmarva Peninsula”). The seafloor samples they collected will be used to characterize the seafloor geology of the inner continental shelf and for comparison with samples collected during other coastal studies in the area. USGS photograph by Laura Brothers. [larger version]

The purpose of MACRI is to optimize research resources and to help local and regional leaders make scientifically informed decisions regarding coastal communities and habitat resilience. Such a partnership complements the USGS’s response to Hurricane Sandy. Currently the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program has three projects underway in the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) region that will help us better understand coastal change.

USGS oceanographer preparing instruments for deployment in Chincoteague Bay, Maryland/Virginia
Above: USGS oceanographer Pat Dickhudt preparing instruments for deployment in Chincoteague Bay, Maryland/Virginia, as a component of the Estuarine Physical Response to Storms project. USGS photograph by Sandra Brosnahan. [larger version]

At the August workshop, participants discussed MACRI’s mission, presented current regional research, and formed working groups. Research geologist Laura Brothers, from the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, gave a brief presentation on USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program research in the region, including the projects “Barrier Island and Estuarine Wetland Physical Change Assessment,” “Estuarine Physical Response to Storms,” and “Linking the Delmarva Peninsula’s Geologic Framework to Coastal Vulnerability.”

MACRI provides a network for distributing scientific results directly to the local and regional stakeholders and researchers. Already the partnership has enhanced USGS field logistics and data-mining efforts. The official agreement among the agencies was signed into effect on June 9, 2014, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.


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Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute
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Barrier Island and Estuarine Wetland Physical Change Assessment
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Estuarine Physical Response to Storms
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Linking the Delmarva Peninsula’s Geologic Framework to Coastal Vulnerability
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Fieldwork
Atlantic Margin Expedition Combines Landslide Studies with Mapping

Exploration of Seamounts in the Northeast Caribbean

Mapping Coastal Changes in Monterey Bay to Aid Planning for Future Storms

Spotlight on Sandy
USGS Joins the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute

New Researcher Studies Coastal Sediment Changes Using 3D Modeling

Research
Interested in Naming Undersea Features?

USGS Ocean Data Ambassador Announces New Website

Shells from Deep Arctic Ocean Sediment Reveal a New Clam Species

Outreach
USGS Field Trip for Attendees at U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting

USGS Staff Aid Community Clean-Up—Kickoff Event for BLUE Ocean Film Festival

Meetings
Workshops on the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program

Publications
Nov. / Dec. Publications

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