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June 2017

Photograph shows the tsunami wave, generated by Japan's 2001 Tohoku earthquake, as it makes its way through San Francisco Bay.

USGS scientist interviewed for KQED podcast “What Would Really Happen if a Tsunami Hit the Bay Area?”

Map showing subduction zones around the Pacific Rim.

Just published: “Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide—A USGS Plan to Advance Subduction Zone Science”

Graphic showing change in topography at the Big Sur landslide, from May 27 to June 13.

New Land Created by Slide on Big Sur Coast is Eroding

A mosque is left standing amid the rubble in Banda Aceh, following the tsunami on December 26, 2004. Several mosques survived and may have been saved by the open ground floor that is part of their design. The tsunami waves reached the middle of the second floor. Photograph by Guy Gelfenbaum, USGS, taken January 21, 2005.

Global Tsunami Science: Past and Future

Photo of Charles Lester, Patrick Barnard, Congressman Jimmy Panetta, and Gary Griggs.

USGS coastal geologist discusses sea-level-rise impacts in roundtable organized by Congressman Jimmy Panetta

Big Sur Landslide fly around from May 27, 2017, a preliminary computer animation. The slide created roughly 13 acres of new California land.

Growing media coverage of USGS work on huge Big Sur landslide

May 2017

Animation of USGS computer generated images at Big Sur landslide area.

USGS maps, measures huge landslide on California’s Big Sur coast

Animation of USGS computer generated images at Big Sur landslide area.

USGS helping to monitor and assess huge Big Sur landslide

Photo of USGS research geophysicist Janet Watt giving a public lecture at the USGS in Menlo Park, California, on May 25, 2017.

Underwater Secrets of the Hayward Fault Zone

Wave-driven flooding and overwash on Roi-Namur Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Photo credit: Peter Swarzenski, USGS.

Coastal flooding will double in decades due to sea-level rise

Most recent snapshot from camera two, which looks southward over Cowells Beach.

View “snapshots” and “time-averaged” images from two video cameras overlooking Main Beach and Cowells Beach in Santa Cruz, California

Figure shows predicted shorelines on five beaches in 2100 with 1 meter of sea-level rise. This is Figure 3 from a new publication.

Can beaches survive climate change?

Underwater photograph of the view from Oceaneering's remotely operated vehicle Global Explorer at approximately 5:11 p.m. EDT, May 4, 2017.

Exploring Methane Seeps off the U.S. Atlantic Coast

April 2017

Photo collage of our labs showing various steps in the processing of sediment and cores.

Learn how the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center stores, processes, and analyzes seafloor cores and sediment samples

Photo of USGS researchers with visiting KIGAM researchers.

USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center hosts visitors from Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources

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Study forecasting erosion of Southern California beaches draws widespread media attention

Photograph of the water control structure between Alviso Slough and about 14000 acres of former salt ponds currently undergoing restoration.

Mapping the effects of storm flow on a wetland-restoration site in south San Francisco Bay

March 2017

Curt Storlazzi free diving to install a temperature sensor near the coral reef off Makua, Kauai, to try to detect fresh, cold, submarine groundwater seeping from the seabed.

USGS scientist quoted in news article about connection between watersheds and coral reefs

Screenshot, HERA displays number of residents and projected flooding for a 20-year storm at sea level 10 inches higher than today's in Imperial Beach, San Diego County.

USGS website estimates community impacts from projected coastal-flooding hazards in California

Photograph of marine geology enthusiasts at CGS conference.

USGS seafloor-mapping expert Sam Johnson is keynote speaker at geological conference in South Africa

Field photos of Amy and Melissa.

USGS scientists offer career advice to students at University of California, Santa Cruz

Photo collage of USGS and UW crew aboard research vessel Barnes, with inset map of Cascadia Zone and inset photo of gear used on the trip.

Collaborative research cruise investigates earthquake hazards in Seattle, Washington

Cover of Special Issue 76 of the Journal of Coastal Research.

Journal of Coastal Research Special Issue: Advances in Topobathymetric Mapping

Patrick Barnard discusses some of the initial projections for Venice and Marina del Rey with City of Los Angeles planning officials at a recent Adapt L A meeting.

Helping Communities Understand Future Coastal Hazards

Photos of Janet Watt with core samples, the stern of shallow-draft barge Retriever, and Jackson Curry launching a chirp subbottom profiler.

Connecting Earthquake Faults near San Francisco Requires Many Approaches

Perspective views of multibeam bathymetry data acquired by the USGS aboard research vessell Medeia. Shallower depths in red. Arrows point to the distinct line in the seafloor associated with the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault.

Striking New Seafloor Imagery of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault in the Gulf of Alaska

Christie surveys Twin Lakes beach during Fall 2016 with high resolution GPS mounted on a backpack to understand how sand moves along the coast.

USGS scientist engages with Life Long Learners

February 2017

Screenshot of Patrick on the news.

Widespread media coverage of USGS-led study on 2015-16 El Niño

Screenshot from 360-degree video shot December 16, 2016, during a king tide at Malibu Broad Beach in Southern California.

USGS scientist provides a glimpse of future sea levels in Southern California

Photograph of our acting deputy center director.

Nadine Golden is Acting Deputy Director of Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

January 2017

David Louie of ABC7 News interviews USGS researcher Patrick Barnard near the San Lorenzo River mouth during January 13 seafloor surveys to measure sand delivered by recent storms. Photo by Andrew Stevens, USGS.

Media coverage of post-storm beach mapping in Santa Cruz, California

USGS oceanographer Dan Hoover uses a GPS-equipped backpack to measure sand elevations on Main Beach, Santa Cruz, near the mouth of the San Lorenzo River on January 12, 2017. Photo by Andrew Stevens, USGS.

Storms that battered Santa Cruz, California, brought beneficial sand to beaches

Juliette Finzi Hart, USGS, shows how much flooding a large storm combined with future sea-level rise would likely cause in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

USGS oceanographer uses virtual reality to show how future storms and sea-level rise could affect Long Beach, California

Photograph of Makua Beach on Kauai.

Why have some corals succumbed to black band disease? Learn what USGS scientists are doing to try to answer that question, in this new video.

Photograph of Amy East ready to deploy water sampling device.

Researchers brave storm to measure sediment carried to coast by river in Santa Cruz, California

Photograph of Guy and Bob shaking hands.

Guy Gelfenbaum is new director of Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

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