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Pacific Coastal & 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.

November 2014

Center News

Map showing major faults in the vicinity of Paicines, California, about 50 kilometers east of Monterey Bay. Shaded box shows area where the San Andreas and Calaveras faults intersect. This is a new species of white coral, found in an area known as The Football. Most likely it is closely related to gorgonian corals. Credit: NOAA. Underwater photograph showing the name of the sunken barge Umpqua, taken by MBARI from their remotely-operated vehicle or ROV. Bathymetry and geology maps at Point Reyes, California. Photo of scientist surveying the nearshore amongst the pelicans and seagulls. Photo of extreme event threatening erosion of the coast in Carpinteria. Photo of the floor of the South China Sea at 1900 meters. Photo of scientists deploying instrumentation off stern of boat.

Integrated Geologic and Geophysical Study of the San Andreas-Calaveras Fault Junction Reveals 3D Geometry and Connectivity

USGS research geophysicist Janet Watt and colleagues detail their use of potential-field, geologic, geodetic, and seismicity data to study fault geometry and slip transfer through the junction. Read more...

USGS Part of Multiagency Investigation that Discovered New Coral Species off California

Exploration of California’s offshore areas north of Bodega Head, by a consortium of federal and state marine scientists, included PCMSC geophysicist Guy Cochrane. Discoveries included a new species of deep-sea coral and a nursery area for catsharks and skates. Photo, courtesy of NOAA. Read more...

Shipwreck Discovered During Sampling Cruise in Monterey Bay, California

Scientists with the USGS and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) discovered a sunken barge during a weeklong sampling cruise in Monterey Bay, where they are studying sediment transport and natural hazards, including the offshore San Gregorio fault zone. Photo, courtesy of MBARI. Read more...

Workshops on the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program

The USGS, the California Ocean Protection Council, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration co-hosted two workshops on the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California. Read more...

Mapping Changes in Beach Landscapes along Northern Monterey Bay, California

USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center scientists surveyed local beaches and the nearby ocean bottom to compile a three-dimensional map of how beaches change in northern Monterey Bay. Read more...

USGS to Participate in Inter-Agency Sea-Level Rise Panel Discussion

Patrick Barnard will serve as a subject matter expert in an Inter-Agency Sea-Level Rise Panel Discussion hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Read more...

Tripod Brings Data from Deep Seafloor of South China Sea

The Free Ascending Tripod (FAT) designed and built at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center was recovered in late September after spending 5 months on the floor of the South China Sea collecting data with acoustic and optical instruments. Read more...

BOEM-Funded Mapping for Proposed Wind Farm Offshore Oregon

USGS PCMSC scientists, with collaborator from Oregon State University, mapped the seafloor in an area off Coos Bay, Oregon, under consideration for construction of a floating wind-energy facility. Read more...

PCMSC Seminar Series

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

Weds., December 3, 2014, 2:00 pm

Kingsley Odigie

USGS PCMSC Post-Doctoral Scholar

Weds., January 21, 2015, 2:00 pm

Karla Knudson

UC Santa Cruz

Weds., January 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

Rob Kayen

USGS PCMSC Research Civil Engineer

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

Eric Geist

USGS PCMSC Research Geophysicist

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

Tom Parsons

USGS PCMSC Research Geophysicist

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