Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center


The center is part of the USGS Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Program, which is the primary federal marine geology and physical science research program. The center's staff of 100 provides scientific information that contributes to decisions by other federal agencies, state and local entities, private organizations, industry, and the public about hazards, resource use and protection.

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Date published: February 20, 2020

Scientists from all three Coastal and Marine Science Centers represent USGS at the Ocean Sciences 2020 Meeting in San Diego

A total of nineteen scientists from all three Coastal and Marine Science Centers represented USGS at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, California. Many of the presentations were collaborative, cross-center projects with partners from numerous other agencies and academic institutions.

Date published: January 27, 2020

Special Issue Highlights One of the Most Extensive Gas Hydrate Datasets Ever Collected

The USGS and its research partners in India and Japan have reported on one of the most extensive data sets ever collected on the occurrence of natural gas hydrate.

Date published: December 31, 2019

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - October-December 2019

USGS scientists visited numerous locations to set up and remove long-term monitoring instruments, to collect samples, and to monitor and map beaches, rivers, marshes, ocean habitats, and offshore areas. Here’s a quick overview of some fieldwork by our scientists.


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Year Published: 2020

Determining the drivers of suspended sediment dynamics in tidal marsh-influenced estuaries using high-resolution ocean color remote sensing

Sediment budgets are a critical metric to assess coastal marsh vulnerability to sea-level rise and declining riverine sediment inputs. However, calculating accurate sediment budgets is challenging in tidal marsh-influenced estuaries where suspended sediment concentrations (SSC) typically vary on scales of hours and meters, and where SSC dynamics...

Zhang, Xiaohe; Fichot, Cedric; Baracco, Carly; Guo, Ruizhe; Neugebauer, Sydney; Bengtsson, Zachary; Ganju, Neil Kamal; Fagherazzi, Sergio

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Year Published: 2020

A geospatially resolved wetland vulnerability index: Synthesis of physical drivers

Assessing wetland vulnerability to chronic and episodic physical drivers is fundamental for establishing restoration priorities. We synthesized multiple data sets from E.B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey, to establish a wetland vulnerability metric that integrates a range of physical processes, regulatory information and physical/...

Defne, Zafer; Aretxabaleta, Alfredo; Ganju, Neil Kamal; Kalra, Tarandeep S.; Jones, Daniel K.; Smith, Kathryn E.L.

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Year Published: 2020

Plate boundary localization, slip-rates and rupture segmentation of the Queen Charlotte Fault based on submarine tectonic geomorphology

Linking fault behavior over many earthquake cycles to individual earthquake behavior is a primary goal in tectonic geomorphology, particularly across an entire plate boundary. Here, we examine the 1150-km-long, right-lateral Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault system using comprehensive multibeam bathymetry data acquired along the Queen Charlotte...

Brothers, Daniel; Miller, Nathaniel C.; Vaughn Barrie; Haeussler, Peter; H. Gary Greene; Andrews, Brian D.; Olaf Zielke; Dartnell, Peter