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Oceanography Beyond the Golden Gate

Detailed Description

Large-scale poster describing USGS work.

The USGS measured ocean currents and temperatures off Central California as part of an international group of Federal, State, Academic, and private institutions. The project was part of a larger study that took nearly 14 years to finish. This group also studied geology, biology, and environmental issues in the Gulf of the Farallones using the most modern instruments and procedures available.

Scientists will use detailed data about the ocean currents and temperatures to better understand coastal weather, beach erosion, fisheries, general ecology, and the effects of El Niño cycles on Central California.