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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, June 2015

Photograph of oceanographer Nancy Prouty showing deep-sea corals to 2nd graders. Bright green algae on a beach on the north shore of Kauai. Seafloor character map offshore of San Francisco and Vicinity. Aerial photograph of the Elwha River mouth during dam removal, showing the expansion of the river mouth delta by sediment deposition; photo by Neal and Linda Chism, volunteers with LightHawk. Map of Santa Barbara Channel region, showing locations of six California Seafloor Mapping Program map sets (rectangles) and the outer boundary of Californias State Waters (squiggly line). Aerial photograph of waves breaking on the fringing reef off Ennuebing Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Photograph of boulders and biota off San Gregorio, California, in water approximately 30 meters (100 feet) deep. Before dam removal, Amy East (then Amy Draut) surveys along the Elwha River in March 2007. USGS photograph by Joshua Logan.

Schoolchildren Inspired by Deep-Sea Corals

Nancy Prouty gave a presentation at Belle Haven elementary school in east Menlo Park, California, showing 2nd-graders examples of deep-sea corals and explained how scientists collect and study them.

Coral Disease on Kauaʻi

USGS oceanographer Peter Swarzenski was interviewed about his new project, investigating factors that may be affecting coral “black band disease” on Kauaʻi’s north shore.

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.

Scientific Portrait of the Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History

Government, tribal, and university researchers worked together to examine and report the effects of removing two large dams from the Elwha River in Washington State.

California Seafloor Mapping Program Reaches Milestone

The first phase of map and geospatial data publications, comprising six USGS Scientific Investigations Maps and associated data files centered on the Santa Barbara Channel, is now complete.

Future Wave and Wind Effects on Pacific Islands—Projections Will Assist Planning for Climate Change

Climate changes during the 21st century are expected to alter the highest waves and strongest winds across U.S. and U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands.

Dive In! Explore Thousands of Coastal and Seafloor Images along U.S. Coasts

Thousands of photographs and videos of the seafloor and coastline—most areas never seen before—are now easily accessible online.

Undamming Washington’s Elwha River—Public Lecture on Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History

Amy East described changes to the landscape caused by the removal of two large dams—the 32-meter-tall Elwha Dam and the 64-meter-tall Glines Canyon Dam—from the Elwha River in Washington State.

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