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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

Photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from Fort Point, San Francisco, by Laura Zink Torresan. Aerial photographs of the mouth of Elwha River, one taken in March 2014 and one in June 2014. Photograph of five of twelve USGS employees who received the Distinguished Service Award: left to right, Rama Kotra, Peter Lyttle, James Hein, David Oppenheimer, and David Lockner. Map of sediment thickness in state waters offshore of San Francisco. Slide from Todd Hallenbeck showing the home page of the West Coast Ocean Data Portal website. Photograph of a street in the city of Nehalem, Oregon, with the internationally adopted tsunami-evacuation sign. Three-dimensional perspective view of deepwater seeps south of Norfolk Canyon on the northern U.S. Atlantic margin.

“What Would Really Happen If A Tsunami Hit San Francisco?”

USGS research geophysicist Eric Geist was interviewed after the release of the movie “San Andreas,” in which a 500-foot tsunami washes over California’s Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco Bay.

New York Times Article Highlights Coastal Effects of Elwha River Dam Removal

Massive amounts of sediment released during dam removal have altered the coast at the Elwha’s mouth.

Jim Hein Receives U.S. Department of the Interior’s Highest Honor

Hein joined the USGS in the early 1970s, beginning a long career of marine research with a particular emphasis on deep-ocean mineral deposits.

New Maps Reveal Seafloor off San Francisco Area

Three new sets of maps detail the offshore bathymetry, habitats, geology, and submarine environment of the seafloor off the coast of San Francisco, Drakes Bay, and Tomales Point.

Spring 2015 Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group Meeting

The fifth meeting of the Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group was held in April at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.

Some Coastal Communities May Not Have Time for Tsunami Evacuation

Tens of thousands of people along the U.S. Pacific Northwest coastline may not have enough time to evacuate low-lying areas before tsunami waves arrive.

Imaging Methane Seeps and Plumes on the U.S. Atlantic Margin

Scientists from the USGS Gas Hydrates Project surveyed methane seeps and plumes on the northern part of the U.S. Atlantic margin aboard the research vessel Endeavor in April.

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Sound Waves Newsletter

Thumbnail image from news story.Cover Story:
Beyond the Abyss— Scientists Investigate the Virtually Unexplored Mariana Trench


PCMSC Seminar Series

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

Weds., Sept. 9, 2015, 2pm

Tom Brocher

USGS Earthquake Science Center

Advancing USGS Subduction Zone Science

Weds., Oct. 28, 2015, 2pm

Karen Thorne

USGS Western Ecological Research Center

See a list of all Seminars previously presented.

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