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The Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program shares a wide range of resources to help explain and illustrate scientific concepts, our scientific activities, expertise, technology, tools, and other educational resources. Through newsletters, multimedia resources, special events, and other products, you can learn more about the many ways our science supports the Nation.

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An island with sections of short grasses has been covered by a large sand fan that was washed landward by waves.
June 9, 2020

A large washover fan on Fire Island, New York in 2012 after Hurricane

Strong storms such as hurricanes can cause drastic changes to coastal environments. For example, this large washover fan was created on Fire Island, New York in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy by waves moving sediment from the dunes and beach towards the back-barrier environment. 

Photograph of USGS staff in the marsh wearing masks
June 8, 2020

Social distancing in the field

Safety is a top priority. USGS staff recently improved access to field sites at the Herring River estuary within the Cape Cod National Seashore to provide safer paths through a phragmites wetland. Research continues largely through deployment of instruments that can take measurements in water and air continuously, but some measurements do require staff, who are

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Illustration of a coastal area with lines, dots, and boxes drawn on it to show where data was collected.
June 5, 2020

EXPRESS surveys, dives, and sampling locations

The west coast of the United States showing locations of EXPRESS ship-based multibeam surveys, ROV dives, AUV dives, and sediment samples. Red boxes show locations of close-up views of multibeam bathymetry in Figures 2 and 3.

Figure 1: EXPRESS surveys, dives, and sampling

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Illustration of the seafloor that shows depth, and where data was collected.
June 5, 2020

Trinidad submarine canyon bathymetry

Colored, shaded-relief bathymetry of Trinidad Submarine Canyon northwest of Humboldt Bay in northern California. Area is in the vicinity of a potential offshore renewable energy development. See larger map for location.

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Illustration of the seafloor off a coastal area, with lines and dots to show where data was collected.
June 5, 2020

Offshore central California bathymetry

Colored, shaded-relief bathymetry offshore central California. Data supported management of National Marine Sanctuaries and prospective renewable energy decisions. Black ovals are locations of AUV-based multibeam surveys. Close-up views of two AUV surveys are shown in Figures 4 and 5.

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Illustration of the seafloor showing depth and locations of surveys.
June 5, 2020

Figure 4 offshore Morro Bay seafloor detail

Colored shaded-relief bathymetry including submarine channels and pockmarks offshore Morro Bay, California. Map generated from AUV-based multibeam bathymetry data collected by MBARI both prior to and as a part of EXPRESS.

Figure 1: EXPRESS surveys, dives, and sampling locations

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Illustration of the seafloor showing depth and locations of surveys.
June 5, 2020

Figure 5 offshore Morro Bay seafloor detail

Colored shaded-relief bathymetry including pockmarks offshore Morro Bay, California. Map generated from AUV-based multibeam bathymetry data collected by MBARI.

Figure 1: EXPRESS surveys, dives, and sampling locations
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Photograph of USGS scientist on a ladder checking equipment
May 21, 2020

Rebecca Sanders-DeMott performing maintenance on an eddy flux tower

Instruments continue to collect vital data during workplace closures. Here staff perform maintenance on an eddy flux tower located within a phragmites wetland at the Cape Cod National Seashore. The instruments on this tower measure methane and CO2 fluxes related to plant and soil processes day in and day out for the entire year. This information is critical for

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Image of the outline of the United States and nearby continents with shapes along the coastline to show where data was collected
May 20, 2020

Distribution of usSEABED data output files

Image showing the distribution of usSEABED data output files US9_EXT (blue triangles) and US9_PRS (pink circles) around the continental United States, Hawai'i, and Puerto Rico.

Map of gas hydrate locations known and inferred
May 16, 2020

Map of gas hydrate locations, known and inferred

Map of gas hydrate locations, known and inferred.  Browse graphic for ScienceBase data release, Preliminary global database of known and inferred gas hydrate locations. 

A man stands on the bow of a small aluminum boat wearing bib waders, a personal floatation device, and a mask.
May 4, 2020

The new face of fieldwork

Marine technician Dan Powers, from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center's Marine Facility (PCMSC MarFac), wears all the required personal protective equipment: bib waders, personal floatation device, and mask. He and MarFac engineering technician Pete Dal Ferro went out on Alviso Slough to retrieve and clean current meters that are secured to metal frames. The

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Photograph of USGS Scientist wearing a protective face covering
April 29, 2020

Meagan Gonneea at the Herring River Estuary, Wellfleet, MA

When wetland plants in the northeast emerged this spring, USGS scientists were working from home and unable to start many planned research activities. However, many instruments were already deployed and continued to collect information critical to USGS research. These instruments still need visits occasionally to download data and make sure there aren’t any problems.

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