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.
Impact of 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Food Supply to Deep-Sea Communities
A USGS-led study found a reduction in carbon export to the deep sea up to 18 months after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, potentially related to a decrease in surface-ocean primary productivity.
El Niño and its Likely Effects on Southern California
Oceanographer and meteorologist Andy O’Neill explained what El Niño is and how this year’s El Niño might affect Southern California in a webinar produced by USC Sea Grant.
USGS Research Oceanographer Speaks to STEM Students at Community College
Research oceanographer Nancy Prouty spoke to students at the STEM Center at Cañada College, describing her education and career path, presenting her deep-sea coral research at the USGS, and offering advice to the STEM students.
Many Atolls May be Uninhabitable Within Decades Due to Climate Change
A new study shows that the combined effect of storm-induced wave-driven flooding and sea level rise on island atolls may be more severe and happen sooner than previous estimates of inundation predicted by passive “bathtub” modeling for low-lying atoll islands.
El Niño and La Niña Will Exacerbate Coastal Hazards across Entire Pacific
The projected upsurge of severe El Niño and La Niña events will cause an increase in storms leading to extreme coastal flooding and erosion in populated regions across the Pacific Ocean.