Surveying off Montecito, CA

Late afternoon sun on a beach with two people on personal watercraft in the nearshore with very gentle ocean wave action.

Detailed Description

Jackson Currie and Alex Snyder of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center drive personal watercraft (PWCs) offshore of San Ysidro and Oak Creeks, which let out onto Miramar Beach in Montecito, California. The equipment on the PWCs collects bathymetry, or depth, data which is used to map the nearshore. USGS has been mapping this area twice yearly—every spring and fall—since 2005. The data collected is incorporated into models of future coastal change to help California communities plan to protect their coastlines.


Image Dimensions: 3264 x 2448

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Location Taken: Montecito, CA, US