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” provides engineering, mechanical, and electronics expertise for our field operations.

MarFac

Field Equipment

Field Equipment

Learn about the wide array of field equipment and capabilities at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Marine Facility.

MarFac Equipment

Laboratories

Laboratories

Learn all about our state-of-the-art laboratories at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.

Laboratories
Filter Total Items: 60
Date published: April 15, 2021
Status: Active

Geometrics GeoEel Multi-Channel Streamer

The GeoEel is a multichannel digital streamer system, with hydrophones in a long, green hose. The streamer is towed like a long snake in the water from a vessel, and the hydrophones "listen" for and record the signals from the seismic sound source.

Date published: April 15, 2021
Status: Active

Applied Acoustics AA201 Boomer Plate

The AA201 boomer plate is used with a high-resolution seismic system

Date published: April 13, 2021
Status: Active

GeoPulse Boomer Plates

GeoPulse boomer plates are used with a high-resolution seismic system

Date published: April 13, 2021
Status: Active

Seismic sound source power supply

Power supply for seismic reflection systems

Date published: April 12, 2021
Status: Active

Mini GI seismic source

Seismic source for marine reflection surveys

Date published: April 8, 2021
Status: Active

Streamer Depth Control Birds

The Geospace Navigator bird is a streamer depth control device, used with a high-resolution seismic system to regulate and record the depth of the streamer.

Date published: April 5, 2021
Status: Active

GI 210 Seismic Source

Seismic source for marine reflection surveys

Date published: April 1, 2021
Status: Active

High-Resolution Multichannel Seismic System

Description of the high-resolution multichannel seismic system at the Marine Facility (MarFac) of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, for seafloor mapping

Date published: January 29, 2021
Status: Active

The Mud Creek Landslide May 20 2017

On May 20, 2017, the steep slopes at Mud Creek on California’s Big Sur coast, about 140 miles south of San Francisco, suffered a catastrophic collapse. USGS scientists from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center and the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center continue to monitor this section of the coastline, in collaboration with the California Department of...

Date published: November 19, 2020
Status: Active

Piston coring rig

The USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center’s Marine Facility recently acquired this floating coring rig that features a motorized piston coring unit and is capable of collecting 20-meter sediment cores in calm waters.

Contacts: Timothy Elfers
Date published: November 18, 2020
Status: Active

Marine Minerals Laboratory

In the Marine Minerals Laboratory Suite at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, we have an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer, rock saw, shatterbox, and petrographic microscopes. Here we do mineral identification and classification, molecular identification

Date published: November 17, 2020
Status: Active

Multi-Sensor Core Logger Laboratory

The MSCL at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC) in Santa Cruz, California automatically measures P-wave velocity, magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and gamma density at intervals from 1 millimeter to 1 centimeter along cores up to 1.5 meters long. The device can also automatically line-scan photograph cores that have been split, at a resolution of 10...