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Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

We conduct multidisciplinary scientific research in the coastal and offshore areas of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and other US Pacific Islands; and in other waterways of the United States.

Center News, March 2015

Collage showing a screenshot from the video and photo portal, which shows the coverage in Massashusetts; plus two sample photos. Potential influence of sea-level rise on storm flooding in Del Mar, California, as calculated by the Coastal Storm Modeling System Tim Elfers using an echosounder and GPS receiver mounted on a personal watercraft to survey the seafloor just off the beach near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. USGS researcher Curt Storlazzi discusses how 150 years of pineapple cultivation has affected the nearshore environment around Kahana, Maui, Hawaii. Excerpt from sheet 1 of USGS Open-File Report 20141214 produced by the California Seafloor Mapping Program.

Newly Released Database of Coastal and Seafloor Imagery Draws Media Attention

The LA Times science writer Sean Greene interviewed USGS geographer Nadine Golden on March 18, 2015, about the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Video and Photograph Portal released that day.

Geologist Addresses Government Group on Assessing Coastal Climate-Change Impacts in San Diego Region

Patrick Barnard gave an invited presentation to San Diego area government officials and coastal managers from the Shoreline Preservation Working Group of the San Diego Association of Governments on climate-change impacts that could affect their planning for the region.

Climate Check in our Santa Cruz Backyard

Preserving beaches by mitigating coastal erosion is vital. A new study will help scientists understand impacts of climate change, El Niño, and sea-level rise.

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

Curt Storlazzi of the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center led a field trip along the west Maui coast to address the science behind the “Past, Present, and Hopefully Future of Maui’s Coral Reefs.”

Workshops on the California Seafloor Mapping Program

The USGS, the California Ocean Protection Council, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration co-hosted two workshops on the California Seafloor Mapping Program at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.

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Sound Waves Newsletter

Thumbnail image from news story.Cover Story:
Atlantic Margin Expedition Combines Landslide Studies with Mapping


PCMSC Seminar Series

Please join us for scientific talks and presentations given by local scientists and researchers.

Fri., April 17, 2015, 11:00 am

Chris Sorlien

Earth Research Institute, UC Santa Barbara

Neogene fault evolution, offshore south-central California using geology and seismic stratigraphy

See a list of all Seminars previously presented.

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