Congressman Jimmy Panetta visits USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

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On September 18, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (20th district, California) and staffer Emmanuel Garcia visited the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz.

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Research geophysicist Danny Brothers (left) points to a map and talks about his research on mapping offshore faults with Congressman Panetta (center) while staffer Emmanuel Garcia takes notes.

Director Guy Gelfenbaum and Deputy Director Nadine Golden gave the visitors an overview of center activities, and several scientists provided briefings. Topics included landslides and coastal sediment, deep ocean minerals, beach and seafloor mapping in Monterey Bay, modeling of coastal flooding by storms and sea-level rise, climate-change threats to Pacific atoll islands, offshore faults and related hazards, deep-sea corals, and remote sensing to study coastal change. Congressman Panetta asked numerous questions during the two-hour visit.

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Congressman Panetta, at left, listens as research geophysicist Janet Watt, far right, presents USGS efforts to map the seafloor to assess earthquake hazards in places such as San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. Researcher Jenna Hill looks on.