St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center


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Scientific equipment on the deck of a ship in the ocean
December 31, 2019

On board the IODP vessel JOIDES Resolution

Several instruments visible on board the research vessel JOIDES Resolution. Photo taken from the ship bridge roof. USGS logo visible on one of the pieces of equipment. Research cruises taken on the JOIDES Resolution are often interdisciplinary and collaborative across many universities, scientific agencies, and other research institutions.

A man and a woman holding a coral sample
November 19, 2019

USGS and National Park Service partner on coral growth study

Glenn Simpson (left), Park Manager of the Dry Tortugas National Park, National Park Service and Ilsa Kuffner (right), USGS Research Marine Biologist, with an elkhorn coral from Pulaski Shoal being weighed and measured.

Photo looking down on 3 scientists kneeling in the marsh to retrieve their sediments tiles
November 13, 2019

Point aux Chênes, Mississippi marsh tile collection

Sediment tiles, used for short-term sedimentation rates, are collected in November 2019 from Point aux Chênes, Mississippi marsh following a 3-month deployment; the sediment accumulated on the tile will be measured and analyzed for diatoms and sediment properties.

A man stands beside a garage with a damaged door that is more than halfway filled with sand
November 8, 2019

A garage in Alabama filled with sand after Hurricane Ivan in 2004

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researcher Dave Thompson stands next to a garage in Gulf Shores, Alabama, that filled with sand after Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

Sand that overwashed a coastal road is piled high on both sides of a road after preliminary clearing.
November 8, 2019

Overwashed sand, piled high on both sides of the road after the storm

Mounds of sand cleared from the roadway stand high on both sides of a road near the beach in Pensacola Beach, Florida, in October 2004 after Hurricane Ivan.

A knobby coral clings to two mangrove prop roots in cloudy water
October 6, 2019

Porites porites coral clings to mangrove prop roots

A Porites porites coral clings to mangrove prop roots in a mangrove-coral habitat in the Florida Keys. These mangrove-coral habitats may be climate refugia for corals and could be included in ecosystem management plans and considered for their applications in coral restoration, for example, as a source of adapted genetic resources, places to support growth and

Two-panel image. Top: scientists stand by a personal watercraft on beach. Bottom: woman pulls an instrument across the water.
September 30, 2019

Using unique methods to measure nearshore and coastal geology

USGS scientists use specialized equipment to measure sediment dynamics in nearshore and coastal systems. Access by boat is limited in these areas, so personal watercraft are equipped with GPS and echosounders to collect bathymetric data. Seismic sleds are pulled along transects from the beach across the water to measure changes in sediment type below the water.

A scientist stands on a sled with two pontoons next to a vessel, operating scientific instruments.
September 30, 2019

Seismic sled used for sub-bottom surveying

USGS scientist Chelsea Stalk stands on a floating sled that enables sub‐bottom surveying in shallow water, nearshore, and shore‐face environments. The sled is equipped with an EdgeTech SB‐512i CHIRP system and single‐beam sonar. This equipment is used to collect seismic sub‐bottom profiles and single‐beam bathymetry. Cedar Island, Virginia has undergone unprecedented

Two scientists on board a research vessel at sea pull a marine coring device onboard.
September 25, 2019

Acquiring marine sediment vibracores in Mississippi Sound

Scientists collected marine vibracores from a research vessel in Mississippi Sound to study shelf geology as part of a collaboration between Mississippi State University and the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center.

Photo of Fire Island showing back barrier, dunes, beach, and nearshore environments
September 15, 2019

Fire Island barrier island environments

Photo of Fire Island, New York showing back barrier, dunes, beach, and nearshore environments.

Explore coastal change at Fire Island in this interactive Story Map.