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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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Photograph of deep-sea lander. Illustration showing how CoSMoS incorporates global, regional, and local information to create its predictive models. Nancy Prouty speaking at the Cañada College STEM Center. Photograph showing the impact of a large wave at the south shore of Laysan Island, with endangered Laysan teal in the foreground. Bluff erosion during the 200910 El Nino undermined the Great Highway guardrail at the southern end of Ocean Beach. Photo by Jeff Hansen, USGS, 2010.

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.

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Sound Waves Newsletter

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Northern Alaska Coastal Erosion Threatens Habitat and Infrastructure


PCMSC Seminar Series

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

Weds., Dec. 2nd, 2:00pm

Rose Martyr

CASCaDE Hydrodynamic Modeler, USGS

Linking models to understand changes in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Ecosystem

See a list of all Seminars previously presented.

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