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USGS Scientists Dr. William Waite (Right) and Dr. Pamela Swarzenski making measurements on sediment cores recovered from Indian Ocean during the National Gas Hydrate Program Expedition 02. Photograph of USGS base camp tent pitched on top of 8-month-old tsunami deposit in Icy Bay, Alaska. Conceptual drawing of bottom trawling from a fishing boat, showing a net and metal plate being dragged along the seafloor behind a boat on the surface. Image credit Ferdinand Oberle, 2014. Aerial view taken by a drone of the USGS team sampling seawater for carbonate chemistry along the reef of Kāʻanapali, west Maui. Photograph of science staff and ship crew aboard the research vessel Thompson on the stern to haul in the seismic streamer, the long, green coil on the deck. Photograph of Patrick Barnard receiving the Point Blue award from Point Blue Conservation Science President and CEO Ellie Cohen. Photo by Cathy Summa-Wolfe. Partial map of unconsolidated sediment thickness in Monterey Bay, excluding Monterey Canyon. Photograph of the award recipients.

Large Deposits of Potentially Producible Gas Hydrate Found in Indian Ocean

PCMSC's Dr. Pamela Swarzenski (above, left) is among the USGS researchers who participated in a cooperative partnership with the Governments of India and Japan.

Studying Recent Tsunami Deposits in Icy Bay, Alaska

USGS scientists study recent tsunami deposits to better understand how tsunamis work, recognize ancient tsunami deposits, and improve natural-hazard assessments.

What a Drag: The Global Impact of Bottom Trawling

Recent research outlines the severe consequences that bottom trawling has on loose sediment on the ocean floor.

Examining the Chemistry of Seawater and Coral to Promote the Health of West Maui’s Coral Reefs

USGS scientists focused on understanding the link between land-based pollutants and coral reef health along the coast of west Maui in the Hawaiian Islands.

USGS Briefed Congressman Adam Schiff’s Staff Members on Geologic Hazards in Southern California

Offshore earthquakes, undersea landslides, and tsunamis were among the hazards discussed during a USGS Congressional briefing in Southern California on June 9.

USGS CoSMoS team wins Point Blue Outstanding Partner Award

CoSMoS makes detailed predictions about coastal flooding due to both sea-level rise and storms driven by climate change with interactive maps at the web site, Our Coast Our Future.

Briefing on seafloor mapping and coastal change hazards for Representative Sam Farr in Monterey, California

After reading the USGS news release about newly published maps of the Monterey Bay seafloor, the Congressman requested a briefing from Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center scientists.

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.

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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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PCMSC Seminar Series

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