Coastal and Marine Science of the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

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The Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center’s new General Information Product (GIP) provides an overview of our research focus areas, highlights various models, partnerships, and capabilities, and includes intriguing research photos. Written and designed with a general audience in mind, the GIP will increase awareness and understanding of what we do.

USGS personnel on the fantail of the R/V Savannah

Sediment transport team members attach a quick-release to the top of a bottom lander prior to deployment

(Credit: Ellyn Montgomery, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. Public domain.)

Our Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts is one of three centers serving the mission of the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP). Scientists at the center study gas hydrates, coastal change hazards such as sea-level rise, erosion, and storms, underwater earthquakes, the U.S. extended continental shelf, ecosystem functions and drivers of change, and much more. This research helps us to better describe and understand the processes shaping our coastal and marine ecosystems. The data products derived from this research are used by other Federal agencies, State and local entities, private organizations, and the public to make informed decisions about the use, management, and protection of our coastal and marine resources.

Our new General Information Product (GIP) provides an overview of our research focus areas, highlights various tools, models, collaborations, and capabilities, and includes intriguing research photos taken everywhere from the seafloor to the edge of a salt marsh. The GIP was written and designed with a general audience in mind to broaden the usability of the product. We really wanted to create something that was textually concise, easy to follow, and visually appealing. Overall, the GIP will increase awareness and understanding of what we do, spark interest and create opportunities for discussion, and start conversations about potential opportunities for collaboration in certain research areas.

This product is available online for easy and convenient access and hardcopies will be mailed to local stakeholders and other USGS offices and will be distributed by center staff when participating in workshops, conferences, stakeholder meetings, or outreach events, as well as when we host any meetings or visitors from other USGS offices or different agencies or organizations. We will keep track of this distribution to determine and measure the usefulness of the product.

The GIP will be updated about every three years to ensure it remains current and usable.

We are so pleased with the turnout of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center GIP and are excited for people to have a product they can view to learn more about all the great types of research being conducted at our center.

The Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center General Information Product: https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/gip191.

Photograph of USGS personnel in front of an active volcano

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center's Aerial Imaging and Mapping Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilots, Emily Sturdivant (left) and Elizabeth Pendleton (right) working the night shift in Hawaii at the Kileaua volcano site.  

(Public domain.)

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