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: July 31, 2020

Recent Coastal and Marine Fieldwork - April-July 2020

Much of the USGS fieldwork has been delayed, postponed, or canceled in the face of COVID-19. USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) scientists were able to safely venture out to collect beach elevations; biogeochemistry samples; water, soil, and meteorological data; and coral and algal samples, in San Francisco, Florida, Massachusetts, and the US Virgin Islands.

July 31, 2020

Sound Waves Newsletter - June-July 2020

In this issue of Sound Waves, we pay tribute to a beloved USGS colleague, Monty Hampton, and highlight his work on sand waves and sand lance in the Pacific Northwest; we also highlight USGS work on sand lance in the Atlantic and on tracking sea turtles to examine how changing environment affects marine life.

Date published: July 14, 2020

Coastal Change Hazards addresses the needs of our Nation’s coastlines

The USGS formally announces the establishment of a program focus on Coastal Change Hazards to coordinate research and tools needed to respond to challenges related to risks and hazards along our Nation's coastlines. 


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Year Published: 2020

Seismic stratigraphic framework of the continental shelf offshore Delmarva, U.S.A.: Implications for Mid-Atlantic Bight evolution since the Pliocene

Understanding how past coastal systems have evolved is critical to predicting future coastal change. Using over 12,000 trackline kilometers of recently collected, co-located multi-channel boomer, sparker and chirp seismic reflection profile data integrated with previously collected borehole and vibracore data, we define the upper (< 115 m...

Brothers, Laura L.; Foster, David S.; Pendleton, Elizabeth A.; Baldwin, Wayne E.

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An international code comparison study on coupled thermal, hydrologic and geomechanical processes of natural gas hydrate-bearing sediments

Geologic reservoirs containing gas hydrate occur beneath permafrost environments and within marine continental slope sediments, representing a potentially vast natural gas source. Numerical simulators provide scientists and engineers with tools for understanding how production efficiency depends on the numerous, interdependent (coupled) processes...

White, M.D.; Kneafsey, T.J.; Seol, Y.; Waite, William F.; Uchida, S.; Lin, J.S.; Myshakin, E.M.; Gai, X; Gupta, S.; Reagan, M.T.; Queiruga, A.F.; Kimoto, S.

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Year Published: 2020

Gas hydrates in sustainable chemistry

Gas hydrates have received considerable attention due to their important role in flow assurance for the oil and gas industry, their extensive natural occurrence on Earth and extraterrestrial planets, and their significant applications in sustainable technologies including but not limited to gas and energy storage, gas separation, and water...

Hassanpouryouzband, Aliakbar; Joonaki, Edris; Vasheghani Farahania, Mehrdad; Takeya, Satoshi; Ruppel, Carolyn D.; Yang, Jinhai; English, Neill; Schicks, Judith; Edlmann, Katriona; Mehrabian, Hadi; Tohidi, Bahman