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Florida’s flat, low-lying topography makes many areas susceptible to flooding. Hurricanes can highlight those vulnerabilities.

Hurricane season underscores the value of improved flood forecasting

In late May, forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center signaled a tempestuous 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

December 2, 2022Florida Flood Hub, News

Hannah Hunt, Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Tim Conway

Distinguishing the influence of sediments, the Congo River, and water-mass mixing on the distribution of iron and its isotopes in the Southeast Atlantic Ocean

Iron is a key micronutrient for primary production in the surface ocean. Iron isotopes can provide a window into the sources and cycling of iron to the surface and deep ocean.

November 30, 2022News, Publication Highlights

Hurricane Ian made landfall on September 28 as the fourth-strongest storm in the state’s history.

How the College of Marine Science responded to Hurricane Ian

In the wake of the hurricane, researchers at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science (CMS) have been hard at work studying the storm’s impacts on the state. From high-resolution modeling to satellite imagery, these snapshots show our teams at work.

November 30, 2022Florida Flood Hub, News

Fishing at Sunrise at Ballast Point Park Pier, Tampa, Florida

USF-led team detects toxic “forever chemicals,” or PFAS, in Tampa Bay fish and sediments

The first-of-its-kind study also outlines potential human health implications related to fish consumption.

November 15, 2022News

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

A Tribute to William T. “Bill” Hogarth, Ph.D. (1939-2022)

William T. (“Bill”) Hogarth, 83, of Treasure Island FL passed away after a short illness on November 5, 2022.

November 9, 2022News

Marine sanctuaries and monuments are some of our nation’s underwater treasures. This image was reproduced from the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) world map and customized by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Credit: NOAA

USF Team Selected by NOAA for Award to Support Marine Sanctuaries

The three-year project, “Climate Change Indicators Across the National Marine Sanctuaries System,” is one of seven competitively selected projects addressing marine sanctuary management totaling $3.7 million.

October 26, 2022News, Resiliency News

This study is the first to drill down into the relationship between oxygen, temperature and the metabolic requirements of vertical migrators, which include krill to the jumbo squid (shown here). The metabolic requirements of vertical migrators suggest they may experience an expansion of their native habitat in response to changing ocean conditions. Credit: Stephani Gordon, Open Boat Films

Warming oceans likely to shrink the viable habitat of many marine animals – but not all

As the oceans warm squid and other vertical migrators living in tropical zones are likely to expand their habitat northward – but not necessarily leave their native tropical zones.

October 14, 2022News

Mya Breitbart with her team in the field.

Mya Breitbart, “virus hunter” at the CMS, named Distinguished University Professor

Twenty years ago, Mya Breitbart, a biological oceanography professor at the USF College of Marine Science (CMS), published a landmark paper in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences (PNAS) about a new sequencing technique called viral metagenomics.

October 10, 2022News

Through improved flood forecasting, the Florida Flood Hub for Applied Research and Innovation will inform science-based policy, planning, and management decisions to support a more resilient Florida for all.

The Flood Hub rises to the challenge of coastal resilience in Florida

Through improved flood forecasting, the Florida Flood Hub for Applied Research and Innovation will inform science-based policy, planning, and management decisions to support a more resilient Florida for all.

September 19, 2022Florida Flood Hub, News

Robert H. Weisberg, a University of South Florida physical oceanographer, stands on the top deck of the R/V W.T. Hogarth research vessel on May 3. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times ]

Robert H. Weisberg was elected as an AGU Fellow

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Robert H. Weisberg was elected as an American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fellow.

September 19, 2022Awards, News

The glider fitted with a SUNA nitrate sensor was deployed by members of the Center for Ocean Technology to capture water column data. Photo credit, Chad Lembke.

CMS labs join forces to solve the mysteries of Florida’s red tides

In a serendipitous research cruise this summer, three labs within the USF College of Marine Science, plus its glider fleet team, joined forces to improve our understanding of a decades-old question: what causes red tides to form in the Gulf of Mexico?

September 7, 2022News

The R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer photographed from a drone at Thwaites Glacier ice front in February 2019. (Credit: Alexandra Mazur/University of Gothenburg)

Faster in the Past: New seafloor images – the highest resolution of any taken off the West Antarctic Ice Sheet – upend understanding of Thwaites Glacier retreat

At times in its past, retreat of the massive Thwaites Glacier was even quicker than it is today, heightening concerns for its future.

September 5, 2022News

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