Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Capabilities

The USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center conducts integrated mapping of the coastal and ocean environment to define hazards and sediment processes, to support habitat and resource management, and to monitor change. PCMSC is an innovator in mapping, laboratory analyses, and field techniques, whose expertise is sought by other governmental agencies, educational institutions, and private companies. In turn, we seek collaborative research and development opportunities with similar groups to continually correct and perfect the data collection tools, analytical techniques, and technologies utilized in our coastal and ocean studies.

PCMSC Marine Facility

PCMSC Marine Facility

MarFac, short for Marine Facility, is the operational arm of PCMSC. MarFac staff provide engineering, mechanical, and electronics expertise for field operations along the coast, in the nearshore environment, and in the deeper waters of the ocean.

MarFac

Field Equipment and Capabilities

Field Equipment and Capabilities

Learn about the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center field equipment and our capabilities at MarFac.

MarFac Equipment

Vessels for Fieldwork

Vessels for Fieldwork

The USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center uses a wide variety of vessels, from kayaks to open-ocean ships, to conduct fieldwork. Most vessels are managed by MarFac.

MarFac Vessels
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Date published: August 13, 2020
Status: Active

BOB Sled

Benthic OBservation camera Sled, or “BOB Sled,” is and underwater video camera system that can operate to depths of 700 meters.

Date published: August 13, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC MarFac Field Equipment and Capabilities

Learn about the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center field equipment

Date published: August 13, 2020
Status: Active

Mini BOB Sled

Mini Benthic OBservation camera Sled, or “Mini BOB Sled,” is and underwater video tow fish that can operate to depths of 75 meters.

Date published: August 13, 2020
Status: Active

SWATHplus 234kHz

The ITER Systems SWATHplus 234 kHz is an interferometric bathymetric survey tool for surveys in water depths from 1 to 200 meters.

Date published: August 11, 2020
Status: Active

Smith-McIntyre grab sampler

The Smith-McIntyre grab sampler, nicknamed the Smith-Mac, scoops up sediment from any water depth.

Date published: August 11, 2020
Status: Active

Reson 7111 Multibeam Echosounder System

The Teledyne Reson 7111 is a multibeam echosounder system that produces bathymetry, or depth, data in deep water.

Date published: July 27, 2020
Status: Active

Remote Sensing Coastal Change

We use remote-sensing technologies—such as aerial photography, satellite imagery, and lidar (laser-based surveying)—to measure coastal change along U.S. shorelines.

Date published: July 7, 2020
Status: Active

Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS)

The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions of storm-induced coastal flooding, erosion, and cliff failures over large geographic scales. CoSMoS was developed for hindcast studies, operational applications and future climate scenarios to provide emergency responders and coastal planners with critical storm-hazards information that can be used to increase public safety...

Date published: July 6, 2020
Status: Active

VibeCore DW

The VibeCore DW is a small, portable, 24v DC vibracorer

Date published: July 6, 2020
Status: Active

Rossfelder vibracorer

USGS uses the vibracorer is best in locations where the seafloor, lakebed, bay-floor, or river-bottom sediment is unconsolidated and waterlogged.

Date published: June 30, 2020
Status: Active

Chirp 512i

A sub-bottom profiler like the EdgeTech SB-512i Chirp emits acoustic pulses to produce an image of the layers of sediment below the seafloor.

Date published: June 29, 2020
Status: Active

Chirp 516

A sub-bottom profiler like the EdgeTech SB-516 Chirp emits acoustic pulses to produce an image of the layers of sediment below the seafloor.