Does Pleasure Point Need A Seawall?

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Information about the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center's study of Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz, California, from 2005-2007.

A large poster has photos, maps, and text on it to show what research was done in Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, California.

The USGS, in cooperation with Santa Cruz County and the California Department of Boating and Waterways, studied the seacliffs, ocean floor, and waves of Pleasure Point, California.   We created detailed maps of the seacliffs and ocean floor using LIDAR laser scanners and sonar. We measured wave action using digital photos and videos, a wave gauge, and a current meter. We collected over 42 million map points, 40,000 wave images, and 8,900 wave measurements.

Santa Cruz County will use our data to help answer the question: Will a seawall protect roads and homes without harming this famous surfing spot?

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