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Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center


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Current Projects, listed by title

Photo of eroding coastline in Alaska.

Climate Change Impacts to the U.S. Pacific and Arctic Coasts

developing a rigorous, systematic research project to address the physical impacts of climate change and sea-level rise to the varied geomorphic settings along Pacific and Arctic coasts

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Coastal Aquifer Project

accurately predicting rates and ecological consequences of submarine groundwater discharge under differing hydrogeologic, geographical, and climatological regimes

Photograph of Elwha River.

Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound

providing scientific support for ecosystem recovery activities in Puget Sound

Photograph of a wave breaking over a coral reef.

Coral Reef Project

mapping, monitoring, and modeling coral reefs to better understand, protect, and preserve our Nation's reefs

Photograph of a manganese nodule cross-section from the Blake Plateau off the coast of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Global Ocean Mineral Resources

addressing issues concerning mineral resources that occur within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Pacific coastal States, Pacific islands of U.S. affiliation, and areas beyond national jurisdictions

Waves overwash Roi-Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll.

The Impact of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on Pacific Ocean Atolls that House Department of Defense Installations

providing basic understanding and specific information on storm-wave-induced overwash and inundation of atoll islets, and assessing the resulting impact of sea-level rise and storm-wave inundation on infrastructure and freshwater availability under a variety of sea-level rise and climatic scenarios

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Law of the Sea - Outer Limits of the US Continental Margins

conducting field experiments in the regions beyond 200 nautical miles off U.S. coastlines to define the extended continental shelf

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Marine Geomorphology, Evolution, and Habitats

encompassing mapping activities and the development of new mapping systems and methodologies, with emphasis on the role of geologic processes in the evolution of habitats

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Probabilistic Forecasting of Earthquakes and Earthquake Effects in the Coastal Zone

assessing the likelihood of loss of life, infrastructure, and property on U.S. and territorial coastlines resulting from catastrophic marine and coastal geologic events, and ensuring that hazard mitigation and planning efforts are based on these assessments

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Remote Sensing Coastal Change

applying remote-sensing technologies—such as aerial photography, satellite imagery, and lidar (laser-based surveying)—to advance understanding of coastal change and hazards along U.S. shorelines

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Sediment Transport in Coastal Environments

providing scientific information, knowledge, and tools to ensure that decisions about land and resource use, management practices, and future development in the coastal zone and adjacent watersheds can be evaluated with a complete understanding of the probable effects on coastal ecosystems and communities, and a full assessment of their vulnerability to natural and human-driven changes

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Tsunami Hazards, Modeling, and the Sedimentary Record

developing the geologic record of paleotsunamis and improving the ability to interpret that record to mitigate tsunami risk in the U.S.

Image from a seismic reflection profile, offshore California.

U.S. West Coast and Alaska Marine Geohazards

ensuring that hazard mitigation and planning efforts are based on scientifically sound assessments of the likelihood of loss of life, infrastructure, and property on U.S. and territorial coastlines resulting from offshore earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis

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USGS Science to support the Elwha River Restoration Project

providing scientific monitoring and analyses of the fish, waters, and sediment before, during, and following the removal of the Elwha and the Glines Canyon Dams

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