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December 2017

Photo shows USGS scientist Amy East showing some visitors how to sieve sand. USGS scientist Shawn Harrison looks on.

Enthusiastic response to open house at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz

Photograph of a boiling black smoker emitting hydrothermal fluids into seawater at Niua vent field in the Lau basin, southeast Pacific. Photo credit, Schmidt Ocean Institute, ROV ROPOS.

First observation of gold particles in hot hydrothermal fluids

A cabin on Alaska's Arctic coast washed into the ocean after the bluff it was sitting on eroded away.

USGS provides information about Alaska coastal change to Scientific American

Flooding on a road in Olympic National Park, Washington, on November 24, 2017. Photo by Andy Ritchie, USGS.

Physical processes dominate channel evolution in Olympic National Park rivers—A reply

Open house at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz.

Open house at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz

November 2017

Aerial photograph of Kwajalein Atoll showing its low-lying islands and coral reefs. Photo by Tom Reiss, USGS

USGS geologist chairs discussion of issues facing Department of Defense installations in the Pacific and Arctic

Aerial photograph of Kwajalein Atoll showing its low-lying islands and coral reefs. Photo by Tom Reiss, USGS

Computer simulation predicts flooding on coral reef-lined coasts

Map of Alaska's north coast showing color-coded rates of shoreline erosion, which can lead to loss of habitat, cultural features, and infrastructure. Modified from the original assessment published in 2015. Inset: Polar bear on Barter Island, Alaska in September 2016 by Cordell Johnson, USGS.

Updated assessment of erosion rates on Alaska’s Arctic coast

Coral collected from reef near polluted groundwater seeps, A, shows more erosion than coral collected away from seeps, B, in these CT scans and photographs. cm = centimeter.

Defending San Francisco from rising seas

Photo shows two polar bears rummaging around the eroding coastal bluffs of Barter Island in northern Alaska in July of 2016. The bears triggered a motion-activated camera. Photo courtesy of Bruce Richmond, USGS.

ABC News speaks to USGS researchers about Arctic coastal change

3D point cloud images looking at the Mud Creek slide, first image from airplane photo and second from drone.

LA Times story about Big Sur landslide features quotes, imagery from USGS

Gerry Hatcher, left, and Shawn Harrison work on their video camera station atop a hotel in Santa Cruz, California. Photo by Shawn Harrison, USGS

Eyes on the Coast—Video Cameras Help Forecast Coastal Change

Bathymetry of the Arctic Ocean, with black rectangle delineating study area. White star marks site where sample in photograph was collected. Its cut surfaces show layers in Fe-Mn crust. Each square in scale beneath sample is 1 centimeter.

Seafloor mineral deposits record unique history of the Arctic Ocean, show unusual enrichment in rare metal scandium

Patrick Barnard and field trip participants above Pacifica State Beach, where future large storms combined with sea-level rise could flood parts of the highway and other infrastructure.

Visiting journalists view rapidly eroding coast in and near San Francisco

3D map of Mud Creek slide derived from video footage collected by drone on October 12, 2017.

Video shot from drones yields details about changing landslide on California’s Big Sur coast

Susan Russell-Robinson receives the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award from USGS Acting Associate Director John Haines.

Susan Russell-Robinson Receives Interior’s Highest Award

Field trip participants beside the Carmel River at the former site of the San Clemente Dam. USGS geologist Amy East is seventh from right. Credit: Tommy Williams, NOAA.

Students view evidence of Carmel River recovery after California’s first large dam removal

October 2017

Photograph of San Francisco's Ocean Beach shows the edge of a paved parking lot with cement barracades, and the sand is eroding from under the pavement.

Defending San Francisco from rising seas

September 2017

Photograph of scientists sampling pore fluids from sediment cores collected aboard the ship offshore of southeast Alaska. Photo by Jamie Conrad, USGS.

Investigating earthquake hazards posed by a large fault offshore of southeast Alaska and western Canada

Snippet of an orthophoto compiled from 496 images collected from cameras mounted on an airplane, of the mouth of the Elwha River in Washington.

Story about Washington’s Elwha River after dam removal features USGS scientist

Underwater photograph of elkhorn coral in Florida.

Coral reef decline may have exacerbated flooding by Hurricane Irma

Animations of tsunami generated by magnitude 8.1 earthquake off Mexico's south coast

Photograph of the Matilija Dam taken by Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News.

Dams block sand from replenishing beaches

Photograph of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution autonomous underwater vehicle named Sentry being deployed on September 13.

Now underway: expedition to shed light on little-known deep-ocean resources off Southeast U.S.

Time-lapse photography documents the removal of Elwha Dam.

New report synthesizes U.S. dam-removal studies

August 2017

An example of the shoreline data for La Jolla Shores used in the CoSMoS-COAST model.

New York Times quotes USGS geologist in article about California's coastal-erosion problems

All is calm in southern Alaska's Lisianski Inlet in this 2015 view from the deck of R/V Solstice. Photo Credit, Danny Brothers

Understanding earthquakes by studying submarine faults: striking portrait of movement along a 500-kilometer-long undersea section of the Queen Charlotte–Fairweather fault

Two stills from video showing animation of tsunami approaching the shore, from video produced by Physics World.

Physics World videos feature USGS tsunami and earthquake scientists

Underwater photograph shows instrument package on the seaward slope of the coral reef off Puerto Rico.

Deep deployment of instruments to study coral reef structure and health off Puerto Rico

Photograph of scientists walking on the beach with instrumentation to collect topography data.

Newly released datasets show how dam removal changed the coast around the mouth of Washington State’s Elwha River

Bruce Richmond clowns for the camera during the closing credits of Peeking into Permafrost. In the background are Cordell Johnson, left, and Peter Swarzenski, on the ground.

USGS video selected for Goldschmidt film festival in Paris

July 2017

Photograph taken from offshore of the Mud Creek landslide, from the USGS vessell Snavely, on July 11, 2017.

USGS maps underwater part of Big Sur landslide at Mud Creek

Photo taken of the stern of a boat showing scientists and equipment collecting cores of bayfloor sediment.

Connection between two earthquake faults in the San Francisco Bay area highlighted in radio and TV interviews

USGS scientist Josh Logan points to the high-water mark, the upper limit of damage to tree bark by water-borne debris, from a series of large floods on the Carmel River in January and February 2017.

News article: Dam removal and winter floods may help steelhead trout in California’s Carmel River

USGS 'after' image at Big Sur landslide.

Huge landslide on California's Big Sur coast continues to change

Mary McGann and Janet Watt, in the USGS core lab, cutting a core sample of mud, collected from the bottom of San Francisco Bay.

Front-page news: USGS analyzing mud samples to shed light on San Francisco Bay area earthquake hazards

June 2017

Photograph taken at ocean depth of about 1400 meters, of a black smoker at Niua Volcano in the South Pacific, courtesy of the Schmidt Ocean Institute and Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility.

USGS scientist discusses deep-ocean mineral resources in newspaper and radio interviews

Aerial Photo of the mouth of the Elwha River and its estuaries, showing a visible sediment plume blossoming out into the sea.

USGS scientist quoted in “Why the World’s Rivers are Losing Sediment and Why It Matters”

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


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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