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Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

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.

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3-D perspective view of shaded relief abthymetry offshore Chenega village. Photograph of Bruce Richmond operating a drill to take a sample of permafrost. Photograph of USGS research vessel Snavely and a USGS scientist operating a PWC equipped with echosounders to map the nearshore. Photograph of Ocean Beach showing storm damage during the 2009-2010 El Nino. Clip from the interview with Dan Hoover, showing a close-up of the coastal bluff in Pacifica, CA. Perspective map view of the offshore of Point Lopez area of California. Photograph of USGS scientist deploying seismic equipment from the R/V Parke Snavely in San Pablo Bay, CA. Photograph of a street in the city of Nehalem, Oregon, with the internationally adopted tsunami-evacuation sign.

50-Year-Old Mystery Solved

Seafloor Mapping Reveals Cause of 1964 Tsunami that Destroyed Alaskan Village: USGS Newsroom

Drilling into permafrost on Alaska's Arctic coast

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Elwha River mouth survey to document changes after dam removal

Scientists from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center plan to survey the mouth, beach, and nearby seafloor of the Elwha River in Washington, February 1519, 2016.

USGS Science for an El Niño Winter: USGS Top Story

USGS monitors streamflow, floods, landslides, erosion, sea-level rise, and many other earth processes that affect communities and that are often affected by El Niño weather patterns.

USGS oceanographer in KRON4-TV story about possible beach-cliff erosion from El Niño storms in San Francisco

PCMSC oceanographer Dan Hoover was interviewed for a story about coastal-cliff erosion that could occur on beaches in and near San Francisco, California, during El Niño storms this winter.

USGS scientists to appear in February 7 TV broadcast about earthquake hazards in central California

Sam Johnson of PCMSC was interviewed about offshore faults and seafloor imaging, for a local TV program on earthquake hazards in central California. The story will air February 7 after the Super Bowl.

Discovery of possible connection between two earthquake faults in the San Francisco Bay area featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspaper, radio, and television outlets

The Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults may be directly connected deep beneath San Pablo Bay, a northern extension of San Francisco Bay.

USGS to participate in national tsunami hazard workshop Feb. 1-2, 2016

The workshop's goal is to improve collaboration between the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program and USGS to provide better tsunami-preparedness products for coastal communities.

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Drilling into permafrost on Alaska's Arctic coast


PCMSC Seminar Series

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

See a list of all Seminars previously presented.

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