Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center


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Date published: January 21, 2020
Status: Active

The Value of U.S. Coral Reefs for Risk Reduction

Summary of the report, “Rigorously valuing the role of U.S. coral reefs in coastal hazard risk reduction”

    Contacts: Curt Storlazzi, Michael Beck
    Date published: December 9, 2019
    Status: Active

    Featured Photos and Videos

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    Contacts: Laura Torresan
    Date published: April 3, 2019
    Status: Completed

    Native American Legends of Tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest

    For general interest, studies and accounts regarding Native American Legends of possible tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest are excerpted below. Much of the information on this page was presented by Jim Bergeron, Oregon Sea Grant, Astoria Extension at a 1995 Meeting in Seaside, Oregon. Those interested in the subject are encouraged to refer to the original reports:

    Heaton, T. H., and...

    Date published: February 26, 2019
    Status: Completed

    Erosion of a Sea Stack Over 100 Years

    The following photographs show the demise of Jump-Off Joe, a one-hundred-foot-high sandstone formation known as a “sea stack”. In 1890, the sea stack was composed of middle Miocene concretionary sandstone of the Astoria Formation. Yaquina Head on the Horizon is composed of middle Miocene basalt flows and breccia. Note remnant of Pleistocene terrace deposit along the wave cut bench on the stack...

    Date published: October 9, 2018
    Status: Completed

    Science Posters

    The USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center created posters about each of these completed research projects. Here, the posters are presented along with additional information.

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    Date published: October 4, 2018
    Status: Active

    Life of a Tsunami

    Life of a Tsunami

    Contacts: Eric Geist
    Date published: September 28, 2018
    Status: Active

    Local Tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest

    In the past century, several damaging tsunamis have struck the Pacific Northwest coast (Northern California, Oregon, and Washington). All of these tsunamis were distant tsunamis generated from earthquakes located far across the Pacific basin and are distinguished from tsunamis generated by earthquakes near the coast—termed local tsunamis.

    Contacts: Eric Geist
    Date published: September 20, 2018
    Status: Completed

    Could It Happen Here?

    The Question

    Soon after the devastating tsunamis in the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004 and in Japan on March 11, 2011, many people have asked, "Could such a tsunami happen in the United States?" This web page summarizes what we know about tsunamis that have struck the U.S. in the past, providing a foundation for estimating tsunami likelihood in the future. Below, we...

    Contacts: Eric Geist
    Date published: January 1, 2018
    Status: Active

    PS-CoSMoS FAQs

    Puget Sound - Coastal Storm Modeling System (PS-CoSMoS) frequently asked questions

    Date published: January 1, 2008
    Status: Active

    Research Vessel Parke D. Snavely

    Information about the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center's research vessel Parke D. Snavely, acquired in November 2007.

    Contacts: Timothy Elfers