St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center


Research programs have a primary focus of investigating processes related to coastal and marine environments and societal implications related to natural hazards, resource sustainability, and environmental change.



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Publications List


Date published: November 23, 2020

SPCMSC Research Oceanographer Participates in University of South Florida Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR) Panel Discussion

On November 12, 2020, SPCMSC Research Oceanographer Meg Palmsten served as a panelist in the session titled  “Technology-enhanced Community Engagement and Data Viewing Tools & Strategies.” 

Date published: November 12, 2020

Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment Project public presentation

Scientists from the St. Petersburg Coastal Marine Science Center and the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center copresent the Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment on the DOI Internal Gulf Restoration weekly meeting.

Date published: November 5, 2020

Coastal Change Hazards Team Forecasted Hurricane Zeta Beach Impacts

As Hurricane Zeta approached the US Gulf Coast, the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Team produced a series of forecasts for impacts on the beach. The model forecasts the probability of collision, overwash and inundation (pCOI) along sandy beaches of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Forecasts were updated daily based on wave and storm surge forecasts from NOAA.