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The preservation and health of the Nation’s coastal and marine environments depend on well informed management of risks posed by natural hazards and on the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. The Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center of the USGS  supports science-based decision making by Federal, State, and local policymakers to meet these challenges.

We are strategically located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center for the study of earth and ocean science, where we belong to a vibrant scientific community. We have well-established expertise and an international reputation in fields like marine geology and geophysics, oceanography, environmental geochemistry, energy, geohazards, and informatics. Our staff works collaboratively with local institutions such as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Sea Education Association, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Woods Hole Research Center. Our center has a long history of collaborating in research, teaching, training, and technology transfer with other Federal and State agencies, academic institutions, and international entities