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A selection of coastal and ocean videos and photographs from across the USGS.

Blue Carbon Research Contributes to Largest Tidal Restoration in the Northeast

Three people standing on either side of a sign detailing the Herring River Restoration Project outside with trees in back
The USGS attendees of the Herring River Restoration Project groundbreaking event standing proudly next to a sign detailing the project. From left to right, Jennifer O'Keefe-Suttles (Chemist, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center), Marcel Belaval (Deputy Director, New England Water Science Center), Rob Thieler (Center Director, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center), Meagan Eagle (Research Physical Scientist, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center), Kevin Kroeger (Research Chemist, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center), and Sophie Kuhl (Physical Science Technician, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center).





For nearly a decade, the USGS has conducted blue carbon research to support the Herring River restoration in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and determine the carbon cycle response to rising sea levels under both restored and diked wetland scenarios.  

Collecting Foraminifera in the Gulf of Mexico

Scientist in fieldwork gear standing with 2 sediment traps on a research vessel
Photograph of Caitlin Reynolds and the sediment traps from the Gulf of Mexico aboard the R/V Weatherbird





Caitlin Reynolds stands by two sediment traps that collect sediment from the water column in the Gulf of Mexico aboard the R/V Weatherbird. Scientists collect and redeploy the mooring every 6-9 months. 

This cruise is part of a long-term study of paleoclimate records in the Gulf of Mexico. The sediment traps are used to collect foraminifera, or “forams”—tiny, shelled organisms whose chemistry reflects the temperature and environmental conditions of the water around them—to define relationships between foram shell chemistry and sea surface temperature. 

Jet Ski Bathymetric Surveying

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The USGS uses a variety of survey tools—including personal watercraft (jet skis) equipped with GPS and sonar—to measure how sandy coastlines change over time. Sandy coastlines are a valuable resource that protect human-made structures from waves, serve as habitat for important species, and provide a variety of recreational opportunities.

Celebrate National Ocean Month

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A couple dozen people stand in front of blue banners by a table with a green tablecloth labeled with the USGS logo
The USGS was proud to be an exhibitor and sponsor at the Coastal Sediments Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 





USGS at Coastal Sediments 2023

Staff from four science centers represented USGS at the 2023 Coastal Sediments conference and exhibited how current bureau initiatives are addressing this year’s theme of, "Inclusive coastal science and engineering for resilient communities." The USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center was a diamond sponsor of the event and hosted an exhibit booth to engage with stakeholders and potential partners, expand knowledge of the role of USGS science in coastal resilience, explore ways to increase our contributions towards environmental justice, and expand our diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives.

Oceanography Camp for Girls

Campers from Oceanography Camp for Girls visited the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center to learn about coastal and marine research being conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, including coastal hazards research and storm impact assessments, collection and analysis of sediment cores from barrier islands, and studying proxies like foraminifera and bivalves to study Earth’s climate history.

Students gather around an outdoor picnic table holding a scientific display. A woman speaks and holds a poster.
Kara Doran shares USGS coastal change hazards forecasts and observations with campers from University of South Florida's 2023 Oceanography Camp for Girls.

a scientist points to a cylindrical object in front of two young women in a laboratory
Dr. Legna Torres-García participated in camper interviews for the 2023 Oceanography Camp for Girls, during which she explained the types of oceanographic equipment that is used to collect data to help create and improve coastal change hazard predictions. 


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