Florida Geological Survey - Coastal Research Projects
The projects are partially funded through cooperative agreements with various federal agencies including the United States Geological Survey, the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE; formerly the Minerals Management Service), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Follow this link to view outcomes of some of these agreements.
The Florida Geological Survey is located in the Gunter Building on the campus of Florida State University (FSU). Research facilities at the FGS include a geological research library, a sample repository, and laboratories. The library contains an extensive collection of state and federal publications, periodicals, and references. The repository holds cores and well cutting samples from more than 19,000 wells (both onshore and offshore). Click here to view map showing locations where cores have been collected.
Laboratory facilities include:
The FGS also has cooperative agreements with several of
FSU's departments to use laboratories and analytical equipment.
Additionally, the FGS maintains an offshore geophysical data
acquisition and processing capability through equipment it
possesses, equipment possessed by cooperative research
agreements with the United States Geological Survey Coastal
Research Division in St. Petersburg, Florida, and data processing
programs licensed from various vendors.
The FGS fleet of research vessels includes:
The FGS inventory of coastal field equipment includes the following portable and vessel-deployed instruments and equipment:
Staff have been involved in the compilation of a statewide atlas of Florida beach sediments. All coastal county beaches have been sampled and analyzed, and a final publication is in preparation. Also planned is the collection of high resolution acoustic profiler data in federal waters offshore of southern Flagler, Volusia and northern Brevard counties.
The FGS has a long term relationship with the former Minerals Management Service (now Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement) which utilizes FGS/ MMS funds to qualify and quantify reserves of beach sediment restoration quality sand in federal waters on the continental shelf adjacent to the coast of Florida. This has resulted in the extensive analysis of sediments off the northeast, east central and panhandle coast of Florida through the collection of geophysical data, vibracores and grab samples.
Studies in Apalachee Bay, Deadman’s Bay and Old Navy Cove to characterize surface bottom sediments and features have been completed. In these studies the Coastal Research Program imaged bottom features using high resolution side scan sonar
The Offshore Springs Investigation is an innovative FGS study designed to identify Florida’s offshore freshwater springs, characterize the spring flow and water quality, and model the environmental impact and feasibility of diverting spring water onshore for use by the coastal communities facing severe potable water shortages.
The FGS has also participated in a study to characterize the interaction between two major spring systems within the Woodville Karst Plain (WKP). This includes quantifying the interaction between surface and ground water in the WKP. Collectively, these studies will help in calculating the water budget for the Woodville Karst Plain. In addition to boats, this investigation requires flow meters, water level loggers and automatic water samplers.
The FGS coastal studies staff consists of a licensed Professional Geologist who serves as principal investigator and a Marine Captain/Marine Mechanic to operate the GeoSearch, GeoQuest, and smaller vessels. Other full- and part-time staff are available depending on project requirements. The principal investigator has significant experience in Florida geology, coastal processes, continental shelf sedimentation and marine geophysical data acquisition, processing and analysis.
In addition, the coastal staff collaborates with various marine geology departments around the state. This includes the University of Florida, University of South Florida, Florida Institute of Technology and Florida Institute of Oceanography. A long standing cooperative relationship exists with Dr. Joe Donoghue, a professor of coastal processes/marine geology in the geology department at Florida State University.
This collaboration between the FGS and various university departments provides opportunities for directed graduate research studies funded through employment on the FGS research grants. The FGS is committed to continuing applied research to further our understanding of Florida's coastal ecosystems and processes. This research will provide information that is essential for planning wise development as well as the conservation and protection of Florida's valuable coastal resources.
Last updated: November 01, 2011
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Tallahassee, Florida 32304
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