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Welcome to the Pacific Coastal Marine Science Center Seminar Series! Upcoming public seminars will be broadcast virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Check out our archive of past seminars.

The PCMSC seminar series runs bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:00 am PST (1:00 - 2:00 pm EST) via Microsoft Teams.


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Amy East, PCMSC

View looks across a steep, grassy hill at some trees on another hill, mountains in the distance with fog and the sun setting.

View from Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, Washington, looking towards the Elwha River basin.

Geomorphic and sedimentary effects of modern climate change in western U.S. landscapes: how much do we know?

Abstract: Climatic changes associated with global warming over the past 50 years have been documented widely, but physical landscape responses are poorly understood. Detecting landscape signals of modern climate change is difficult for many reasons, but is important because these problems relate closely to human health and safety, infrastructure, water security, and ecosystems. We reviewed the scientific literature to investigate landscape responses to modern climate change in the western United States, focusing on slope failures, watershed sediment yield, river morphology, and wind-blown sediment activity. Some changes to slope stability and wind-blown sediment are evident, whereas factors other than climate have been more important thus far in controlling sediment output and river morphology. We identify ways in which more information is needed from many more places, in the western U.S. and globally, to understand landscape response to ongoing climate change.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Evan Dailey & Alex Nereson, PCMSC

ArcGIS Online for PCMSC: creating and sharing spatial data

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

CCH Seminar

Hosted by USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Dan Buscombe, PCMSC

(Working title: “Application of Deep Learning Techniques to Observations of Coastal Processes and Hazards”)


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Maureen Walton, PCMSC

Massive pockmark fields, mysterious sand, and ancient faults: Characterizing geohazards offshore of central California


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Benjamin K Norris
USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Small-scale turbulence and its Influence on forest-scale morphodynamics within a coastal mangrove forest

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View from the sky of a jagged coastline with many roads, houses, a park, and other buildings nearby.

Natural Bridges State Beach, shown here in the middle of the photo, is nestled amongst coastal neighborhoods in the southwestern part of Santa Cruz, California. View is looking south. The offices of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center are just a few hundred feet north, outside the bottom portion of the photograph.

Photo by Laura Torresan