USGS - science for a changing world

Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Center News

SedPods, like this one at Kawaihae, Big Island, Hawaii, are low-cost collection devices that mimic coral surfaces and permit accurate measurements of net sediment accumulation during the time they are on the seafloor. Photo by Curt Storlazzi, USGS. Bathymetry of Monterey Canyon and the Soquel Canyon tributary. Banner of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary at the entrance to the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. Photo by Rex Sanders, USGS. USGS scientific diver deploying an oceanographic instrument package in a patch of rubble on the coral reef off Roi-Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. USGS scientist deploying an oceanographic instrument package on the reef flat off Roi-Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). Curt Storlazzi free dives to attach a temperature sensor along the reefs in Kauai. Photograph of the San Mateo coastline on January 17, 2016, during a very high tide and storm event; photo by Laura Zink Torresan. Geophysicist Samuel Johnson checks out the new maps at the USGS Marine Geology Mapping center, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Two new tools to reduce impacts of land-based pollution on coral reefs

Tools were published by the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, of which the USGS is a co-science lead.

USGS helps elementary school in Soquel, California, celebrate Earth Day

1st through 5th graders used microscopes to look at foraminifera, learned topography, and examined the regurgitated stomach contents of albatrosses to see how much plastic these birds ingest from the ocean.

USGS science center hosts Marine Sanctuary meeting

The Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, hosted a meeting of NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council on April 21, 2016.

USGS cited for most credible ocean research

In a recent report, the USGS took first place for science research credibility among ocean resource managers and interest group leaders.

USGS oceanographer Curt Storlazzi will brief DoD and DOI on coral reefs and climate change in the Pacific Ocean

Recent results show that climate change may reduce the ability of coral reefs to protect tropical islands against wave attack, erosion, and salinization of drinking-water resources.

New video on USGS investigation of coral disease in Hawaiʻi

A new video, “Exploring Causes of Coral Disease,” follows USGS researchers as they investigate potential causes of black band disease affecting corals on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

USGS scientist quoted in story on coastal erosion

Patrick Barnard was interviewed on April 5, 2016, by reporter Carina Woudenberg of the Half Moon Bay Review for a story about coastal erosion. Woudenberg’s article, “The crumbling Coastside”.

USGS seafloor maps featured in Santa Cruz Sentinel

New seafloor maps from Monterey Bay north to Pigeon Point are the subject of a front-page article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel published April 9, 2016.

   See all of our Home Page Features.

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.

Featured Photo

Sampling seawater off the coral reefs of west Maui

Featured Photo, thumbnail. Click for full caption and image.

 

PCMSC Seminar Series

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

https://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/seminar/

Friday, April 29, 2016

Shawn Harrison

USGS

Wave-induced cross-shelf sediment transport on a very rough rippled bed

Monday, May 2nd, 2pm

Ian Walker

University of Victoria

New techniques and technologies for coastal dune erosion and restoration research

Wednesday, May 4th, 2pm

Kathleen Scheiderich

USGS National Research Program, Menlo Park, CA

Boutique Stable Isotopes—applications and method development

Wednesday, May 11th

Claire Masteller

Wednesday, June 1st

Hilary Close

Wednesday, June 8th

Clarissa Anderson

See a list of all Seminars previously presented.

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: https://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/
Page Contact Information: Laura Zink Torresan
Page Last Modified: 28 April 2016 (lzt)