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, July 2015
Climate Change Reduces Coral Reefs’ Ability to Protect Coasts
A new paper by researchers from the Dutch independent institute for applied research Deltares and the USGS gives guidance to coastal managers to assess how climate change will affect a coral reef’s ability to mitigate coastal hazards.
New Publication Documents Changes to Elwha River Estuary during Dam Removal
A recently published paper describes dramatic changes to water quality and hydrology of the Elwha River estuary during dam removal.
New Marine Facility Chief for our Science Center
Jenny White has been selected as the new Marine Operations Superintendent for the Marine Facility at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.
Northern Alaska Coastal Erosion Threatens Habitat and Infrastructure
A USGS Report published July 1, 2015, reports that the remote northern Alaska coast has some of the highest shoreline-erosion rates in the nation.
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.