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: 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 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.

Date published: June 23, 2020
Status: Active

Jumbo piston corer

Piston corers are generally used in areas with soft sediment, such as clay.

Date published: June 16, 2020
Status: Active

Coastal Change Hazards

Natural processes such as waves, tides, and weather, continually change coastal landscapes. The integrity of coastal homes, businesses, and infrastructure can be threatened by hazards associated with event-driven changes, such as extreme storms and their impacts on beach and dune erosion, or longer-term, cumulative...

Date published: June 11, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC vessel San Lorenzo

Above, the view through the windshield of San Lorenzo reveals a perfect work day on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta near Rio Vista, California.

Date published: June 11, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC research vessel Parke Snavely

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

Date published: June 8, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC MarFac Team

Meet our team of fieldwork specialists at PCMSC's MarFac

Date published: June 8, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC MarFac Vessels

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 our Marine Facility, or MarFac.

Date published: June 2, 2020
Status: Active

PCMSC vessel Jewell

Above, Jewell is prepared for a day of sampling on Grizzly Bay