Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
USGS Pacific Coral Reefs Website
Landsat satellite image from NASA
Maui is located 15 km (9 mi) east of Molokaʻi and 15 km northwest of Lānaʻi. Known as the Valley Isle, it encompasses 1883 sq km (727 sq mi), making it the second largest of the main eight Hawaiian Islands. A fringing reef surrounds much of the island. However much of the live coral growth can only be found on the leeward west coast where the reef is protected from waves by the surrounding islands. Reef growth is limited on the windward northeast coast due to wave impacts.
The USGS has conducted a number of studies along the west coast of Maui including seismic studies, video mapping, coastal circulation and sediment dynamics. Click on any of the following links for more information.
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1129
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-482
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-430
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1287
Underwater video groundtruthing of SHOALS data for benthic habitat mapping
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1068
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1244
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1215
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1166
U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 735
Other selected works
Swarzenski, P.W., Dulaiova, H., Dailer, M.L., Glenn, C.R., Smith, C.G., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2013, A geochemical and geophysical assessment of coastal groundwater discharge at select sites in Maui and Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, in Wetzelhuetter, C., ed., Groundwater in the coastal zones of Asia Pacific: Coastal Research Library, Vol. 7: New York, Springer, p. 27-46, doi:10.1007/978-94-007-5648-9.
Piniak, G.A., and Brown, E.K., 2008, Growth and mortality of coral transplants (Pocillopora damicornis) along a range of sediment influence in Maui, Hawaiʻi: Pacific Science, v. 62, no. 1, p. 39-55, doi:10.2984/1534-6188(2008)62[39:GAMOCT]2.0.CO;2.
Storlazzi, C.D., and Jaffe, B.E., 2008, The relative contribution of processes driving variability in flow, shear, and turbidity over a fringing coral reef; West Maui, Hawaiʻi: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, v. 77, i. 4, p. 549-564, doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2007.10.012.
Storlazzi, C.D., McManus, M.A., Logan, J.B., and McLaughlin, B.E., 2006, Cross-shore velocity shear, eddies and heterogeneity in water column properties over fringing coral reefs; West Maui, Hawaii. Continental Shelf Research, v. 26, i. 3, p. 401-421, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2005.12.006.
Storlazzi, C.D., Brown, E.K., and Field, M.E., 2006, The application of acoustic Doppler current profilers to measure the timing and patterns of coral larval dispersal: Coral Reefs, v. 25, no. 3, p. 369-381, doi:10.1007/s00338-006-0121-x.