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Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Sediment Transport in Coastal Environments

About Our Research

San Lorenzo river mouth

Our research goals are to provide the scientific information, knowledge, and tools required 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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Drag and sediment transport: conditions at the bottom boundary

Providing unique data for investigating questions related to both controls on bed sediment grain size and grain-size controls on resuspension processes

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Coastal watershed and estuary restoration in the Monterey Bay area

Effects of large-scale dam removal on the Carmel River system, and restoration efforts in Elkhorn Slough

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Sediment transport in submarine canyons

First synchronous quantification of flow and suspended sediment dynamics at the field-scale

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Columbia River estuary

Working closely with partners to develop, calibrate and verify PCMSC's process-based, numerical model of hydrodynamics and sediment transport for the lower Columbia River, Columbia River Estuary, and adjacent coast

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San Francisco Bay geomorphology

Developing tools for predicting the long-term geomorphic evolution of estuaries

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Sediment transport between estuarine habitats in San Francisco Bay

Examining the cycling of sediment between channels, subtidal shallows, intertidal shallows, and marshes in San Francisco Bay

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Transport of invasive microorganisms

Investigating the vectors and timing of microbiological invasions and the subsequent dispersal of these non-native organisms due to sediment transport

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