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Seafloor resource managers and modelers need seafloor maps that can be combined in GIS, modeling, and statistical analysis environments and related successfully to biologic and oceanographic data. The Marine Geomorphology, Evolution, and Habitats Project encompasses mapping activities and the development of new mapping systems and methodologies. The emphasis is on the role of geologic processes in the evolution of habitats. Interest in USGS habitat maps and habitat change studies remains high.
Develop seafloor habitat map products that directly apply to habitat and offshore energy impact modeling
Improve seafloor maps through combined technologies
Generate USGS map and data publications for California’s State Waters. The California Seafloor Mapping Program (CSMP) is a cooperative program to create a comprehensive coastal/marine geologic and habitat base map series for all of California’s State waters
Determine the geomorphology and seafloor character of the Gulf of Alaska, as a multi-agency cooperative
Generate geo-referenced video mosaics from seafloor video collected by other USGS projects at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, in cooperation with the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
Understand the processes that control seafloor stability and the resulting modification of continental shelf geomorphology, sediment distribution, and benthic habitats
Benthic assemblages of mega epifauna on the Oregon continental margin: Continental Shelf Research 159
California State Waters Map Series—Offshore of Gaviota, California: USGS Open-File Report 2018–1023
California State Waters Map Series—Offshore of Point Conception, California: USGS Open-File Report 2018–1024
Shelf evolution along a transpressive transform margin: Geosphere 13:6
The transtensional offshore section of the northern San Andreas fault: fault zone geometry, Late-Pleistocene to Holocene sediment deposition, shallow deformation patterns, and asymmetric basin growth: Geosphere 13:4
Interpretive data release for Oregon OCS Seafloor Mapping: Selected Lease Blocks Relevant to Renewable Energy: USGS data release
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