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
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Date published: November 17, 2020
Status: Active

Radiochemistry Laboratory

In the radiochemistry lab at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, we process samples for natural radioisotope detection to age-date geologic materials. We have two HPGe gamma well detectors, four RADDEC delayed coincidence counters, 16 alpha spec counters, and 10 RAD7 field portable radon 222Rn monitors.

Date published: November 17, 2020
Status: Active

Organic Geochemistry Laboratory

The geochemical laboratory suite at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, includes a cold storage room, preparation lab, extraction lab, and instrumentation lab. Analyses in the extraction and instrumentation labs include extraction, identification, and quantification of biomarkers and contaminants of sediments, oils, tars, and other organic rich...

Date published: November 17, 2020
Status: Active

Trace Inorganic Geochemistry Laboratory

In the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center’s Trace Inorganic Geochemistry Laboratory in Santa Cruz, California, we have an ultrapurification water system, CEM MarsX, and two Class-100 laminar air flow benches for sediment-geochemical provenance studies and organic matter sourcing.

Date published: November 12, 2020
Status: Active

Sediment Lab Suite and Carbon Analysis Lab

At our Science Center, we have a suite of laboratories that we affectionately call the "sed lab." The sed lab really consists of 5 labs, arranged next to each other to allow our lab technicians to easily move back and forth between them while processing sediment samples: Sediment Preparation Lab, Fine Particle Analysis Lab, Settling Tubes Lab, Fume Hood Lab, and Carbon Analysis Lab.

Date published: November 12, 2020
Status: Active

Core Preparation and Analysis Laboratory and Sample Repositories

We process and analyze sediment cores collected from coastal, fluvial, estuarine, lacustrine, and marine environments. We have a Geotek core splitter, shrink wrap system, and a wide assortment of sampling tools and balances for core sample preparation and analysis. We store the cores, along with other sediment samples, in a large, walk-in refrigerated room that features library-style rolling...

Date published: November 5, 2020
Status: Active

Core X-Ray: 3-D CT Core Imaging Laboratory

The Geotek RXCT, a "rotating x-ray computed tomography" system, creates ultra high-resolution imagery of sediment cores. The system resides at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California. It requires the operator to take specialized training and hold X-ray radiation and safety certifications.

Date published: October 9, 2020
Status: Active

MarFac Dive Team

The USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, maintains a certified scientific dive team.

Date published: August 25, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC MarFac Field Equipment and Capabilities

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

Contacts: Timothy Elfers
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

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.