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‘The perfect storm:’ Idalia leaves Florida beaches vulnerable to future inclement weather

‘The perfect storm:’ Idalia leaves Florida beaches vulnerable to future inclement weather

USF geoscientist uncovers desperate need for beach nourishment following Hurricane Idalia.

September 13, 2023Research and Innovation

Offshore oyster reefs in Florida's Big Bend region

Colossal Oysters Have Disappeared from Florida’s Most ‘Pristine’ Coastlines

Hundreds of years ago, colossal oysters were commonplace across much of Florida’s northern Gulf Coast. Today, those oysters have disappeared, leaving behind a new generation roughly a third smaller – a massive decline that continues to have both economic and environmental impacts on a region considered by many to be the last remaining unspoiled coastlines in the Gulf.

February 5, 2020Research and Innovation

The patent-pending seafloor geodesy system is an anchored spar buoy topped by high precision Global Positioning System (GPS).

USF Geoscientists Develop Technology to Improve Forecasting of Earthquakes, Tsunamis

University of South Florida geoscientists have successfully developed and tested a new high-tech shallow water buoy that can detect the small movements and changes in the Earth’s seafloor that are often a precursor to deadly natural hazards, like earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.

November 21, 2019Research and Innovation

Phreatic overgrowth on speleothems in the Teatro Room at the Artà Cave.

USF-Led Team Deciphers Sea Level Rise from the Last Time Earth’s CO2 Set Record Highs

Mallorcan cave yields 4-million-year-old geologic evidence giving scientists new insights into past sea levels.

August 30, 2019Research and Innovation

USF researcher Tim Dixon in Greenland

“Hold the Door”: USF Geoscientists Discover Mechanisms Controlling Greenland Ice Sheet Collapse

Greenland’s more than 860,000 square miles are largely covered with ice and glaciers, and its melting fuels as much as one-third of the sea level rise in Florida. That’s why a team of University of South Florida geoscientists’ new discovery of one of the mechanisms that allows Greenland’s glaciers to collapse into the sea has special significance for the Sunshine State.

July 19, 2019Research and Innovation

A map showing the current location of several tectonic plates

‘Suture Zone’ to Blame for Mysterious 2014 Earthquake Felt Across Florida

New research from University of South Florida seismologists has uncovered the unexpected source of a 2014 earthquake felt across southern Florida – an anomaly for a state that historically has almost no seismic activity.

May 28, 2019Research and Innovation

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