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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.

Center News, July 2015

Aerial photograph of Kwajalein Atoll showing its low-lying islands and coral reefs. Photo of Melissa Foley, USGS, measuring sediment accumulation in the Elwha estuary complex using a surface elevation table. Photo by M. Briggs Photographs of new MarFac chief Jenny White steering the boat. Eroding bluffs on Barter Island, north coast of Alaska. Photograph by Ben Jones, USGS Alaska Science Center. Photograph of oceanographer Nancy Prouty showing deep-sea corals to 2nd graders.

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.

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PCMSC Seminar Series

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

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