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Photograph of the award recipients. Photograph of coral reef hydrodynamics research team in Australia. Photograph by Andy ONeill, looking across the San Lorenzo River eastward at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park in Santa Cruz, Calif., on January 7, 2016. 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).

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program website wins award!

The website developed by Jolene Gittens, Greg Miller, Andrea Toran, Laura Torresan, and Ann Tihansky won the USGS Shoemaker Award for Communication Excellence in the internet product category.

Collaborative Study in the Ningaloo Reef

This was the largest, most intensive study of coral reef hydrodynamics, ever!

USGS Scientist Quoted in Monterey Herald Story about Regional Economic Summit

USGS oceanographer and meteorologist Andy O’Neill spoke with attendees about how shifting beaches and rising sea level can affect certain sectors of the local economy.

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.

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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.

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Sampling seawater off the coral reefs of west Maui

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PCMSC Seminar Series

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

Wednesday, June 1st

Hilary Close

Wednesday, June 8th

Clarissa Anderson

See a list of all Seminars previously presented.

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