Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center


Montage shows a selection of the exhibit subjects that were shown at the mini Open House.
December 9, 2017

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, USGS scientists treated visitors to displays about their research at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.

Photograph of a flooded road in Olympic National Park, Washington, showing a person walking in the shallow water.
December 8, 2017

A team of federal scientists addressed comments from researchers who disagree with their conclusions that river channel evolution is driven primarily by physical factors rather than an overabundance of elk after wolf eradication.

Image: Coral reefs, Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
November 29, 2017

At the request of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), USGS geologist Curt Storlazzi chaired a session at a conference on issues affecting DoD installations.


Year Published: 2018

Fishing activities

Unlike the major anthropogenic changes that terrestrial and coastal habitats underwent during the last centuries such as deforestation, river engineering, agricultural practices or urbanism, those occurring underwater are veiled from our eyes and have continued nearly unnoticed. Only recent advances in remote sensing and deep marine sampling...

Micallef, Aaron; Krastel, Sebastian; Savini, Alessandra; Oberle, Ferdinand; Puig, Pere; Martin, Jacobo
Oberle F.K.J., Puig P., Martín J. (2018) Fishing Activities. In: Micallef A., Krastel S., Savini A. (eds) Submarine Geomorphology. Springer Geology. Springer, Cham

Year Published: 2017

Modeling fine-scale coral larval dispersal and interisland connectivity to help designate mutually-supporting coral reef marine protected areas: Insights from Maui Nui, Hawaii

Connectivity among individual marine protected areas (MPAs) is one of the most important considerations in the design of integrated MPA networks. To provide such information for managers in Hawaii, USA, a numerical circulation model was developed to determine the role of ocean currents in transporting coral larvae from natal reefs throughout the...

Storlazzi, Curt; van Ormondt, Maarten; Chen, Yi-Leng; Elias, Edwin P. L.
SStorlazzi, C.D., van Ordmondt, M., Chen, Y-L., and Elias, E.P.L., 2017. “Modeling coral fine-scale larval dispersal and interisland connectivity to help design mutually-supporting coral reef Marine Protected Areas: Insights from Maui Nui, Hawaii” Frontiers-Marine Science, 4:381, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00381

Year Published: 2017

Vulnerability of coral reefs to bioerosion from land-based sources of pollution

Ocean acidification (OA), the gradual decline in ocean pH and [ ] caused by rising levels of atmospheric CO2, poses a significant threat to coral reef ecosystems, depressing rates of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) production, and enhancing rates of bioerosion and dissolution. As ocean pH and [ ] decline globally, there is increasing emphasis...

Prouty, Nancy G.; Anne Cohen; Yates, Kimberly K.; Storlazzi, Curt; Swarzenski, Peter W.; White, Darla
Prouty, N.G, Cohen, A., Yates, K.K., Storlazzi, C.D., Swarzenski,, P.W., and White, D. (2017) Land based pollution exacerbates acidification and bioerosion on coral reefs. Journal of Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/2017JC013264