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CMHRP science crosses many disciplines and serves a wide range of users, including Federal agencies, Congress, emergency managers, academic institutions, and the general public. Many of these users rely on CMHRP data, tools, maps, and models better understand and manage coastal vulnerabilities, reduce impacts from deep-sea geologic hazards, and improve technologies for creating coastal and seafloor maps.

Screen shot of the CCH web Portal shown over a coastal development

The USGS strives to put coastal change data and information at the fingertips of users such as planners and emergency managers. The explicit goal is to enable users to integrate and apply USGS data and tools to address their specific needs. Online resources such as the Coastal Change Hazards (CCH) portal are designed with applied use of data in mind. The data can be accessed using mobile devices in the field during and after storms. Credit: Martin Wernimont, USGS

Ensuring that CMHRP science is accessible to a diverse group of users, provides value, and is broadly disseminated is part of our mission, and requires delivering information through a wide range of platforms. Basic tasks for CMHRP communications includes sharing news releases with media, serving information online through web pages, and providing content via social media accounts. The CMHRP also publishes newsletters and develops videos, podcasts, and animations that build upon the informational products USGS scientists create. CMHRP scientists conduct workshops and tutorials on how to access data through portals or models, and they participate in conferences, local science festivals, and open houses in their communities, while also publishing their technical results in scientific journals and through USGS publications. Coordinating these diverse communication efforts ensures that CMHRP science is available, comprehensive, accessible, responsive, and effectively delivered at multiple technical levels.

W woman in a red coat stands on the beach talking to a man in blue with a camera

USGS research geologist Erika Lentz being interviewed by WBZ about the future impacts of sea level rise. Credit: Dann Blackwood, USGS

Congressional visitors receive briefings at Pacific Coastal and Marine Center in 2018

On September 18, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (20th district, California) and staffer Emmanuel Garcia visited the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz. Credit: USGS


Through websites, newsletters, and social media, the CMHRP shares news, publications, and multimedia resources.

» USGS Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Website

» Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
» St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
» Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

» News
» Multimedia
» Publications


» Sound Waves. Since 1999, the CMHRP has issued the bimonthly Sound Waves newsletter that shares news from the USGS along the topics pertaining to coastal and marine science. It is available online and through email subscription.

» NEWSWAVE. The CMHRP supports and contributes to producing NEWSWAVE, a quarterly newsletter from the U.S. Department of the Interior that features ocean, Great Lakes, and coastal activities across the department's bureaus.


» @USGSCoastChange

» USGS Coastal and Ocean Science
» USGS Natural Hazards Science
» Department of Interior Ocean, Great Lakes, and Coasts