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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, February 2015

Aerial photograph of the Elwha River mouth, by Neal and Linda Chism, volunteers with Photograph of Amy with Josh Logan, working on the Elwha River. Oblique aerial photograph showing a storm-deposited gravel ridge complex near the shore and an inland field of tsunami-deposited gravel, mostly boulder size, on the southeast coast of the island of Hawaii. Arrows point to individual large boulders. Screenshot from USGS video titled, Fly Over the Seafloor of San Francisco Bay. Map showing the locations of the 25 modeled points within the tropical Pacific Ocean used in this study. Patrick Barnard points out to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel the features and dynamics at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, on the cliffs above the beach with the historic Cliff House building in the background.

Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History Characterized

Dam removal has become an important management and restoration tool. The largest dam-removal project in U.S. history, on the Elwha River in Washington State, is the focus of federal, tribal, and academic scientists collaborating to characterize its effects. Five papers resulting from this work have been published in the journal Geomorphology. Read more...

Public Lecture on Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History

USGS research geologist Amy East presented a public lecture on the Elwha project on February 26, 2015 at the USGS center in Menlo Park, California. She described what happened as the gradual removal of two dams released massive amounts of sediment downstream... Read more...

USGS Marine Geology Paper Among Most Cited

Editors sent USGS PCMSC‘s Bruce Richmond a certificate in January 2015 recognizing his paper “Recent storm and tsunami coarse-clast deposit characteristics, Southeast Hawaiʻi” as one of the journal‘s three most-cited papers published in 2011 and cited in 2012-2013. Read more...

USGS Virtual “Flight” Over San Francisco Bay Floor Featured
by Sailing Magazine

Peter Dartnell of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center created the video from bathymetric data collected by the USGS, NOAA, and California State University, Monterey Bay. Read more...

Future Wave and Wind Effects on Pacific Islands

According to a new USGS report, climate changes during the 21st century are expected to alter the highest waves and strongest winds across U.S. and U.S.-affiliated islands in the Pacific Ocean. Read more...

VIPS Learn about Climate Change Impacts along San Francisco’s Outer Coast

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Acting USGS Director Suzette Kimball, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee took part in a San Francisco coastal climate change field trip led by USGS research geologist Patrick Barnard on December 18, 2014. Read more...

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Sound Waves Newsletter

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Atlantic Margin Expedition Combines Landslide Studies with Mapping


PCMSC Seminar Series

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

Weds., March 4, 2015, 2:00 pm

Melissa Foley

USGS PCMSC Research Ecologist

Coastal and nearshore response to dam removal on the Elwha River

Weds., March 18, 2015, 2:00 pm

Tom Parsons

USGS PCMSC Research Geophysicist

See a list of all Seminars previously presented.

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