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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Date published: November 29, 2021

USGS Virtual Science Career Event

Have you ever wondered what it takes to pursue a career with the U.S. Geological Survey? Join us Thursday, January 27th, 2022 to learn about the science career opportunities offered at the USGS in Florida and the Caribbean. 

Date published: November 17, 2021

The Great American Teach-In is this week!

Dr. Legna Torres-Garcia of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center will be talking virtually with students at two local elementary schools about what it means to be an oceanographer.

Date published: November 12, 2021

Ilsa Kuffner and team are heading to the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas National Park to study the ecology of coral reefs

The team will conduct benthic surveys inside and outside the no take Research Natural Area at Dry Tortugas National Park (DRTO) to understand the processes of herbivory, or grazing, on coral reefs.


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Year Published: 2022

Predicting coastal impacts by wave farms: A comparison of wave-averaged and wave-resolving models

Wave energy converters (WECs) will have to be arranged into arrays of many devices to extract commercially viable amounts of energy. To understand the potential coastal impacts of WEC arrays, most research to date has relied on wave-averaged models given their computational efficiency. However, it is unknown how accurate wave-averaged model...

David, Daniel R.; Rijnsdorp, Dirk P.; Hansen, Jeff E.; Lowe, Ryan J.; Buckley, Mark L.

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Shoreface and Holocene sediment thickness offshore of Rockaway Peninsula, New York

During September and October 2019, the U.S. Geological Survey mapped the shoreface and inner continental shelf offshore of the Rockaway Peninsula in New York using high-resolution chirp seismic reflection and single-beam bathymetry geophysical techniques. The results from this study are important for assessing the Quaternary evolution of the...

Wei, Emily A.; Miselis, Jennifer L.; Forde, Arnell S.
Wei, E.A., Miselis, J.L., and Forde, A.S., 2021, Shoreface and Holocene sediment thickness offshore of Rockaway Peninsula, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1100, 14 p.,

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Distinguishing between regression model fits to global mean sea level reconstructions

Global mean sea level (GMSL) has been rising since the last century, posing a serious challenge for the coastal areas. A variety of regression models have been utilized for determining GMSL rise over the past one hundred years, resulting in a large spread of sea level rise rates and multidecadal variations. In this study, we develop a new...

Zhu, Yingli; Mitchum, Gary T.; Doran, Kara S.; Chambers, Don P.; Liang, Xinfeng