Curt Storlazzi, PhD

My interests span the coastal zone, from seacliff erosional processes to sediment dynamics in the shallow coastal ocean. My research focuses on the quantitative study of hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and geomorphology in coastal and marine environments.


2002-present  Research Geologist and Oceanographer
Coastal and Marine Geology Program, US Geological Survey

2002-present  Research Associate
Institute for Marine Sciences, University of California at Santa Cruz

2002-2004  Research Fellow
Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans Consortium

2000-2002  Post-doctoral Researcher
Institute for Marine Sciences, University of California at Santa Cruz

2000 Ph.D.  University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Earth Sciences Department, Concentrations: Coastal Geology and Oceanography

1996 B.Sc.  University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Geology Department, Concentrations: Geomorphology and Sedimentology

Specific topics of interest include:

Coral reef morphology, hydrodynamics, and sediment transport

The influence of hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics on coral reef ecosystems

The role of coral reefs in coastal hazard risk reduction

The interplay between geologic structure, climatic fluctuations, and coastal processes

High-resolution oceanographic instrumentation and coastal mapping techniques

Current Areas of Research

The influence of physical processes on coral reef ecosystems

The inner shelf comprises important hard (coral and bedrock) and unconsolidated sedimentary (sand and mud) habitat for many species of concern and commercial interest (including fish, benthic invertebrates and marine mammals).  It is also these coastal environments that have been most impacted by infrastructure development, nutrient and contaminant delivery, and natural and human-induced sedimentation. The high geomorphic and hydrodynamic complexity both within and between coral reefs, in conjunction with past technical restrictions, has limited our understanding of the nature of flow and the resulting flux of physical, chemical, and biologic material in these ecosystems. Understanding the physical controls on the timing and magnitude of flow and sediment, larvae, nutrient, and contaminant transport, along with their impact on seafloor geomorphology, stability, and sedimentation in these refugia are essential to assessing modern anthropogenic impacts (climate change, etc.) on these ecosystems.

The current study sites include the Hawaiian, Mariana, Virgin, and American Samoan Islands, Florida, and Puerto Rico. For more information, please see the "Coral Reef Project Web Site"

The influence of climate change and sea-level rise on low-latitude carbonate coasts

Observations show that sea level is rising globally and recent estimates suggest sea level will exceed 1.0 m, and may reach 2.0 m, above 2000 levels by the end of the 21st century. Sea-level rise is particularly critical for low-lying carbonate islands and coasts, many of which have maximum elevations of less than 4 m above present sea level. Such morphologies are Holocene features that have supported cultures for thousand of years, yet the amount of land and water available for human habitation, water and food sources, and ecosystems is limited and extremely vulnerable to inundation from sea-level rise and wave-driven flooding. Wave-induced flooding and overwash threatens terrestrial infrastructure and may contaminate the thin freshwater lens underlying the land with saltwater, making it unsuitable for agriculture and/or habitation. Rising sea levels will further exacerbate the impacts of storms and wave action on low-lying carbonate islands and coasts by reducing wave breaking (and thus energy dissipation) at the reef crest and result in greater wave energy impacting the shoreline, causing changes to the coast such as erosion. Understanding the physical controls on the timing and magnitude of flooding and overwash, along with their impact on coastal geomorphology, are essential to assessing impacts on coastal infrastructure, agriculture, freshwater availability, and ecosystems.

The current study sites include Hawaiian, Marshall, Mariana, Virgin, and American Samoan Islands, Florida, and Puerto Rico. For more information, please see the project web sites titled, "Coastal Climate Impacts” and "The Impact of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on Pacific Ocean Atolls"


A Current Immersion: Curt Storlazzi of the USGS explains how his personal interests parallel his profession.

How Our Reefs Protect Us: Valuing the Benefits of U.S. Reefs

What is the Value of U.S. Coral Reefs?

Breaking Down Reefs, Building Up Beaches

What's Drifting Beneath Kauai's Ocean?

Recent Papers and Reports

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Masselink, G., McCall, R., Beetham, E., Kench, P., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2021. “Role of future reef growth on morphological response of coral reef islands to sea-level rise” Journal of Geophysical Research–Earth Surface, 126, e2020JF005749. doi: 10.1029/2020JF005749

Pomeroy, A.W.M., Storlazzi, C.D., Rosenberger, K.J., Lowe, R.E., Hansen, J.E., and Buckley, M.L., 2021. “The contribution of currents, sea-swell waves, and infragravity waves to suspended-sediment transport across a coral reef-lagoon system” Journal of Geophysical Research–Earth Surface, 126, e2020JC017010. doi: 10.1029/2020JC017010

Skirving, W., Pomeroy, A., McCall, R., Marra, J., Storlazzi, C., 2021. “Editorial: Flooding on coral reef-lined coasts: Current state of knowledge and future challenges.” Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:635240, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.635240

Storlazzi, C.D., Skirving, W.J., Marra, J.J., McCall, R.T., Pomeroy, A.W.M., eds., 2021. Flooding on Coral Reef-lined Coasts: Current State of Knowledge and Future Challenges. Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA, 125 p. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88966-478-8


Bahr, K., Rodgers, K.S., Jokiel, P.L., Prouty, N.G., Storlazzi, C.D., 2020. “Pulse sediment event does not impact on the metabolism of a mixed coral reef community” Ocean and Coastal Management, v. 184, 105007.

Bramate, J.F., Ashton, A.D., Storlazzi, C.D., Cheriton, O.M., and Donnelly, J.P., 2020. “Sea-level rise will drive divergent sediment transport patterns on fore reefs and reef flats, potentially causing erosion on atoll islands” Journal of Geophysical Research–Earth Surface 12, e2019JF005446, doi: 10.1029/2019JF00544

Cheriton, O.M., Storlazzi, C.D., and Rosenberger, K.J., 2020. “In situ observations of wave transformation and infragravity bore development across reef flats of varying geomorphology” Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:351, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00351 

Da Silva, R.E., Storlazzi, C.D., Rogers, J., Reyns, J., and McCall, R., 2020. “Three-dimensional flow over spur-and-groove morphology” Coral Reefs, v. 39, p. 1841-1858, doi: 10.1007/s00338-020-02011-8

Quataert, E., Storlazzi, C., van Dongeren, A., McCall, R., 2020. “The importance of explicitly modeling sea-swell waves for runup on reef-lined coasts” Coastal Engineering, 160:103704, doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2020.103704 

Rosenberger, K.J., Storlazzi, C.D., Cheriton, O.M., Pomeroy, A.W.M., Hansen, J.E., Lowe, R.J., and Buckley, M.L., 2020. “Spectral wave-driven bedload transport across a coral reef flat/lagoon complex” Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:513020, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.513020

Scott, F., Antolinez, J., McCall, R., Storlazzi, C., Reniers, A., and Pearson, S., 2020. “Hydro-morphological characterization of coral reefs for wave-runup prediction” Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:361, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00361 

Storlazzi, C.D., Cheriton O.M., van Hooidonk, R., Zhao, Z., and Brainard, R.E., 2020. “Internal tides can provide thermal refugia to coral reefs facing global warming” Nature-Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-70372-9 

Winter, G., Storlazzi, C., Vitousek, S., van Dongeren, A., McCall, R., Hoeke, R., Skirving, W., Marra, J., Reyns, J., Aucan, J., Widlansky, M., Becker, J., Perry, C., Masselink, G., Lowe, R., Ford, M., Pomeroy, A., Mendez, F., Rueda, A., and Wandres, M., 2020. “Steps to develop early-warning systems and future scenarios of wave-driven flooding along coral reef-lined coasts” Frontiers in Marine Science 7:199. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00199 


Aucan, J., Hoeke, R., Wandres, M., Storlazzi, S., Stopa, J., and Lowe, R., 2019, On the contribution of waves to total coastal water level changes in the context of sea level rise: a response to Melet et al., (2018): Nature-Climate Change, v. 9, p. 2.

Cheriton, O., Storlazzi, C., Rosenberger, K., and Sherman, C., 2019, Controls on sediment transport over coral reefs off southwest Puerto Rico: Seasonal patterns and Hurricane Maria: Coastal Sediments 2019, 903-915.

George, D.A., Largier, J.L., Pasternack, G.B., Barnard, P.L, Storlazzi, C.D., and Erikson, L.H., 2019. “Modeling sediment bypassing around idealized rocky headlands.” Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 7, 40, doi:10.3390/jmse7020040.

Oberle, F.,K.J., Storlazzi, C.D., Cheriton O.M., Takesue R., Hoover D.J.,  Logan, J., Runyon, C., Kellogg, C.A., Johnson, C.D., Swarzenski, P.W., 2019. “Physicochemical controls on zones of higher coral stress where Black Band Disease occurs at Mākua Reef, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi” Frontiers in Marine Science, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00552.

Pomeroy, A., Storlazzi, C., Rosenberger, K., Hatcher, G., and Warrick, J., 2019, Integrating Structure-from-Motion, numerical modeling and field measurements to understand carbonate sediment transport in coral reef canopies: Coastal Sediments 2019, 959-969.

Reguero, B.G., Secaira, F., Toimil, A., Escudero, M., Díaz-Simal, P., Beck, M.W., Silva, R., Storlazzi, C., Losada, I.J., 2019, The risk reduction benefits of the Mesoamerican Reef in Mexico: Frontiers - Earth Science, v.7:125, DOI: 10.3389/feart.2019.00125

Rosenberger, K.J, Storlazzi, C.D., and Dartnell, P., 2019, Morphodynamics of a field of crescent-shaped rippled-scour depressions: Northern Monterey Bay, CA: Marine Geology, v. 407, p. 44-59.

Rosenberger, K., Storlazzi, C., Pomeroy, A., Cheriton, O., Lowe, R., and Hansen, J., 2019, Spatial and temporal variability in ripple formation and migration across a coral reef flat and lagoon: Coastal Sediments 2019, 983-990.

Rueda, A., Cagigal, L., Pearson, S.G., Antolinez J.A.A., Storlazzi, C.D., van Dongeren, A., Camus, P., Mendez, F.J., 2019, “HyCReWW: A hybrid coral reef waves and water level metamodel: Computers and Geosciences, v. 127, p. 85-90.

Rueda, A., Cagigal, L., Anderson, D., Storlazzi, C., van Dongeren, A., Pearson, S., Marra, J., Ruggiero, P., and Mendez, F., 2019, Towards a flood risk assessment on a reef-lined coastline: Coastal Sediments 2019, 991-997.

Shope, J.B., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2019, Assessing morphologic controls on atoll island alongshore sediment transport gradients due to future sea-level rise: Frontiers - Marine Science, v. 6:245, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00245.

Smail, Emily A., Paul M. DiGiacomo, Sophie Seeyave, Samy Djavidnia, Louis Celliers, Pierre-Yves Le Traon, Jeremy Gault, Elva Escobar-Briones, Hans-Peter Plag, Christine Pequignet, Lenore Bajona, Li Zhang, Jay Pearlman, Andy Steven, Jonathan Hodge, Marie-Fanny Racault, Curt Storlazzi, William Skirving, Ron Hoeke, John Marra, Ap van Dongeren, Frank Muller-Karger, Douglas Cripe, and Daniel Takaki, 2019. “An introduction to the ‘Oceans and Society: Blue Planet’ initiative” Journal of Operational Oceanography, DOI: 10.1080/1755876X.2019.1634959

Storlazzi, C.D., Reguero, B.G., Cole, A.D., Lowe, E., Shope, J.B., Gibbs, A.E., Nickel, B.A., McCall, R.T., van Dongeren, A.R., and Beck, M.W., 2019, Rigorously valuing the role of U.S. coral reefs in coastal hazard risk reduction: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1027, 42 p.,

Storlazzi, C., Cheriton, O., Rosenberger, K., Pomeroy, A., and Lowe, R., 2019, The influence of sea level on incident and infragravity wave-driven sediment dynamics across a fringing coral reef: Coastal Sediments 2019, 998-1007.

Takesue, R.K., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2019, Geochemical sourcing of runoff from a young volcanic watershed to an impacted coral reef in Pelekane Bay, Hawaii: Science of the Total Environment, v. 649, p. 353-363.

Warrick, J.A., East, A.E., Storlazzi, C.D., and Conrad, J.E., 2019. “Commentary: Variability in shelf sedimentation in response to fluvial sediment supply and coastal erosion over the past 1000 years in Monterey Bay, CA, United States”. Frontiers in Earth Science, 7:256, DOI: 10.3389/feart.2019.00256  

Widlansky, M.J., Annamali, H., Gingerich, S.B., Storlazzi, C.D., Marra, J.J., Hodges, K.I., and Choy, B., 2019, Tropical cyclone projections: Changing climate threats for Pacific Island defense installations: Weather, Climate and Society, v. 11, p. 3-15.


Buckley, M.L., Lowe, R.J., Hansen, J.E., van Dongeren, A.R., Storlazzi, C.D., 2018, Mechanisms of wave-driven water level variability on reef-fringed coastlines: Journal of Geophysical Research–Oceans, v. 123, p. 3811-3831.

George, D.A., Largier, J.L., Storlazzi, C.D., Robart, M.J., and Gaylord, B., 2018, Currents, waves, and sediment transport around the headland of Pt. Dume, CA: Continental Shelf Research, v. 171, p. 63-76.

Pomeroy, A.W.M., Lowe, R.J., Ghisalberti, M., Winter, G., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2018, Spatial variability of sediment transport processes over intra- and subtidal time-scales within a fringing coral reef: Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, v. 123, p. 1013-1034.

Prouty, N.G, Yates, K.K., Smiley, N., Gallagher, C., Cheriton, O.M., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2018, Carbonate system parameters of an algal-dominated reef along West Maui: Biogeosciences, v. 15, p. 2467-2480.

Storlazzi, C.D., 2018, Challenges of forecasting flooding on coral reef–lined coasts: Eos, 99, DOI: 10.1029/2018EO098517

Storlazzi, C.D., Gingerich, S.B., van Dongeren, A., Cheriton, O.M., Swarzenski, P.W., Quataert, E., Voss, C.I., Field D.W., Annamalai, H., Piniak G.A., McCall, R., 2018, Most atolls will be uninhabitable by the mid-21st century because of sea-level rise exacerbating wave-driven flooding: Science Advances, v. 4, eaap9741, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aap9741

Storlazzi, C.D., Cheriton, O.M., Messina, A.M., Biggs, T.W., 2018, Meteorologic, oceanographic, and geomorphic controls on circulation and residence time in a fringing reef flat-lined embayment: Faga’alu, American Samoa: Coral Reefs, v. 37, p. 457-469.


Hejazian, M., Gurdak, J.J., Swarzenski, P.W., Odigie, K.O., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2017, Land-use change and managed aquifer recharge effects on the hydrogeochemistry of two contrasting atoll island aquifers, Roi-Namur Island, Republic of the Marshall Islands: Applied Geochemistry, v. 80, p. 58-71, doi: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.03.006.

Oberle, F.K.J., Swarzenski, P.W., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2017, Atoll groundwater movement and its response to climatic and sea-level fluctuations: Water, 9(9), 650, doi: 10.3390/w9090650.

Pearson, S.G., Storlazzi, C.D., van Dongeren, A.R., Tissier, M.F.S., Reniers, A.J.H.M., 2017, A Bayesian-based system to assess wave-driven flooding hazards on coral reef-lined coasts: Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, v. 122, doi: 10.1002/2017JC013204.

Pomeroy, A.W.M., Lowe, R.J., Ghisalberti, M., Storlazzi, C.D., Symonds, G., Roelvink, D., 2017, Sediment transport in the presence of large reef bottom roughness: Journal of Geophysical Research C-Oceans, v. 122, p. 1-22, doi: 10.1002/2016jc011755.

Prouty, N.G, Cohen, A., Yates, K.K., Storlazzi, C.D., Swarzenski, P.W., and White, D., 2017, Vulnerability of coral reefs to bioerosion from land-based sources of pollution: Journal of Geophysical Research C-Oceans, v. 122, doi: 10.1002/2017JC013264.

Shope, J.B, Storlazzi, C.D., and Hoeke, R.K., 2017, Projected atoll shoreline and run-up changes in response to sea-level rise and varying large wave conditions at Wake and Midway Atolls, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: Geomophology, v. 295, Supplement C, pp. 537–550, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.08.002.

Storlazzi, C.D., van Ordmondt, M., Chen, Y-L., and Elias, E.P.L., 2017, Modeling coral fine-scale larval dispersal and interisland connectivity to help designate mutually-supporting coral reef Marine Protected Areas - Insights from Maui Nui, Hawaii: Frontiers-Marine Science, v. 4:381,  doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00381.

Storlazzi, C.D., Reguero, B., Lowe, E., Shope, J.B., Gibbs, A.E., Beck, M.W., and Nickel, B., 2017, Rigorously valuing the role of coral reefs in coastal protection - An example from Maui, Hawaii, U.S.A.: Coastal Dynamics 2017, p. 665-674.

Storlazzi, C.D. and 23 others, 2017. The Impact of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on Department of Defense Installations on Atolls in the Pacific Ocean (RC-2334): U.S. Geological Survey Administrative Report prepared for the U.S. Department of Defense, 121 p.

Storlazzi, C.D., Cheriton, O.M., Rosenberger, K.J., Logan, J.B., and Clark, T.B., 2017, Coastal circulation and water-column properties in the National Park of American Samoa, February–July 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1060, 104 p.,

Swarzenski, P.W., Dulai, H., Kroeger, K.D., Smith, C.G., Dimova, N., Storlazzi, C.D., Prouty, N.G., Gingerich, S.B., and Glenn, C.R., 2017, Observations of nearshore groundwater discharge: Kahekili Beach Park submarine springs, Maui, Hawaii: Journal of Hydrology - Regional Studies, v. 11, p. 147-165, doi: 10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.12.056

Takesue, R.K., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2017, Sources and dispersal of land-based runoff from small Hawaiian drainages to a coral reef: Insights from geochemical signatures: Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science, v. 188, p. 69-80, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2017.02.013.

van Dongeren, A., Storlazzi, C.D., Quataert, E., and Pearson, S., 2017, Wave dynamics and flooding on low-lying tropical reef-lined coasts: Coastal Dynamics 2017, p. 654-664.

Vitousek, S.K., Barnard, P.L., Fletcher, C.H., Frazer, N., Erikson, L.H., Storlazzi, C.D., 2017, Doubling of coastal flooding frequency within decades due to sea-level rise: Nature-Scientific Reports, v. 7, 1399, doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-01362-7.


Cheriton, O.M., Storlazzi, C.D., and Rosenberger, K.J., 2016, Observations of wave transformation over a fringing coral reef and the importance of low-frequency waves and offshore water levels to runup, overwash, and coastal flooding: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 121 no. 5, pp. 3121–3140, doi: 10.1002/2015jc011231

Cochran, S.A., Gibbs, A.E., D'Antonio, N.L., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2016, Benthic habitat map of U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Fagaalu Bay priority study area, Tutuila, American Samoa: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016-1077, 41 p., doi: 10.3133/ofr20161077.

Erikson, L.H., Hegermiller, C.E., Barnard, P.L., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2016, Wave projections for United States mainland coasts: U.S. Geological Survey data release, doi: 10.5066/F7D798GR.

Oberle, F.K.J., Storlazzi, C.D., and Hanebuth, T.J.J., 2016, What a drag: Quantifying the global impact of chronic bottom trawling on continental shelf sediment: Journal of Marine Systems, v. 159, pp. 109–119, doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2015.12.007.

Rosenberger, K.J., Storlazzi, C.D., and Cheriton, O.M., 2016, Variability of the internal tide on the southern Monterey Bay continental shelf and associated bottom boundary layer sediment transport: Continental Shelf Research, v. 120, pp. 68–81, doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2016.03.016.

Shope, J.B., Storlazzi, C.D., Erikson, L.H., and Hegermiller, C.A., 2016, Changes to extreme wave climates of islands within the Western Tropical Pacific throughout the 21st century under RCP 4.5 and RCP 8.5, with implications for island vulnerability and sustainability: Global and Planetary Change, v. 141, pp. 25–38, doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.03.009

Storlazzi, C.D., Dartnell, P., Hatcher, G.A., and Gibbs, A.E., 2016, End of the chain? Rugosity and fine-scale bathymetry from existing underwater digital imagery using structure-from-motion (SfM) technology: Coral Reefs, pp. 1–6, doi: 10.1007/s00338-016-1462-8

Young, M., Cavanaugh, K., Bell, T., Raimondi, P., Edwards, C.A., Drake, P.T., Erikson, L., and Storlazzi, C., 2016, Environmental controls on spatial patterns in the long-term persistence of giant kelp in central California: Ecological Monographs, v. 86 no. 1, pp. 45–60, doi: 10.1890/15-0267.1


George, D.A., Largier, J.L., Storlazzi, C.D., and Barnard, P.L., 2015, Classification of rocky headlands in California with relevance to littoral cell boundary delineation: Marine Geology, v. 369, pp. 137–152, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2015.08.010

Pomeroy, A.W.M., Lowe, R.J., Ghisalberti, M., Storlazzi, C.D., Cuttler, M., and Symonds, G., 2015, Mechanics of Sediment Suspension and Transport Within a Fringing Reef: The Proceedings of the Coastal Sediments 2015, doi: 10.1142/9789814689977_0086.

Quataert, E., Storlazzi, C., van Rooijen, A., Cheriton, O., and van Dongeren, A., 2015, The influence of coral reefs and climate change on wave-driven flooding of tropical coastlines: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 42, pp. 1–9, doi: 10.1002/2015gl064861

Reynolds, M.H., Courtot, K.N., Berkowitz, P., Storlazzi, C.D., Moore, J., and Flint, E., 2015, Will the Effects of Sea-Level Rise Create Ecological Traps for Pacific Island Seabirds? PLoS ONE, v. 10 no. 9, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136773

Robertson, B., Hall, K., Nistor, I., Zytner, R., and Storlazzi, C., 2015, Remote Sensing of Irregular Breaking Wave Parameters in Field Conditions: Journal of Coastal Research, v. 300, pp. 348–363, doi: 10.2112/Jcoastres-D-13-00006.1.

Sevadjian, J.C., McPhee-Shaw, E.E., Raanan, B.Y., Cheriton, O.M., Storlazzi, C.D., 2015, Vertical convergence of resuspended sediment and subducted phytoplankton to a persistent detached layer over the southern shelf of Monterey Bay, California: Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, v. 120, 22 p., doi: 10.1002/2015jc010785.

Shope, J.B., Storlazzi, C.D., Erikson, L.H., Hegermiller, C.A., 2015, Modeled Changes in Extreme Wave Climates of the Tropical Pacific Over the 21st Century: Implications for U.S. and U.S.-Affiliated Atoll Islands: The Proceedings of the Coastal Sediments 2015, doi: 10.1142/9789814689977_0247.

Storlazzi, C.D., Shope, J.B., Erikson, L.H., Hegermiller, C.A., and Barnard, P.L., 2015, Future wave and wind projections for United States and United States-affiliated Pacific Islands: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1001, 426 p., doi: 10.3133/ofr20151001.

Storlazzi, C.D., Elias, E.P.L., Berkowitz, P., 2015, Many atolls may be uninhabitable within decades due to climate change: Scientific Reports, v. 5 no. 14546, pp. 1–9, doi: 10.1038/srep14546

Storlazzi, C.D., Norris, B.K., and Rosenberger, K.J., 2015, The influence of grain size, grain color, and suspended-sediment concentration on light attenuation: Why fine-grained terrestrial sediment is bad for coral reef ecosystems: Coral Reefs, v. 34 no. 3, pp. 967–975, doi: 10.1007/s00338-015-1268-0.

Swarzenski, P.W., Dulaiova, H., Dailer, M.L., Glenn, C.R., Smith, C.G., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2015, A Geochemical and Geophysical Assessment of Coastal Groundwater Discharge at Select Sites in Maui and Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, in, Wetzelhuetter, C. (Ed.). Groundwater in the Coastal Zones of Asia-Pacific v. 7 (Coastal Research Library): Springer Netherlands, pp. 27–46, doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5648-9_3.


Buscombe, D., Rubin, D.M., Lacy, J.R., Storlazzi, C.D., Hatcher, G., Chezar, H., Wyland, R., Sherwood, C.R., 2014, Autonomous bed-sediment imaging-systems for revealing temporal variability of grain size: Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, v. 12, pp. 390–406, doi: 10.4319/lom.2014.12.390.

Cheriton, O.M., McPhee-Shaw, E.E., Shaw, W.J., Stanton, T.P., Bellingham, J.G., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2014, Suspended particulate layers and internal waves over the southern Monterey Bay continental shelf—An important control on shelf mud belts? Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, v. 119 no. 1, pp. 428–444, doi: 10.1002/2013jc009360.

Cheriton, O.M., McPhee-Shaw, E.E., Storlazzi, C.D., Rosenberger, K.J., Shaw, W.J., and Raanan, B.Y., 2014, Upwelling rebound, ephemeral secondary pycnoclines, and the creation of a near-bottom wave guide over the Monterey Bay continental shelf: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 41 no. 23, pp. 8503–8511, doi: 10.1002/2014gl061897

Erikson, L.H., Storlazzi, C.D., and Golden, N.E., 2014, Wave Height, Peak Period, and Orbital Velocity for the California Continental Shelf: U.S. Geological Survey data release, doi: 10.5066/F7125QNQ.

Erikson, L.H., Storlazzi, C.D., and Golden, N.E., 2014, Modeling Wave and Seabed Energetics on the California Continental Shelf: U.S. Geological Survey pamphlet to accompany data release 10.5066/F7125QNQ

Ferrario, F., Beck, M.W., Storlazzi, C.D., Micheli, F., Shepard, C.C., Airoldi, L., 2014, The effectiveness of coral reefs for coastal hazard risk reduction and adaptation: Nature Communications, v. 5, doi: 10.1038/ncomms4794.

Hubbard, D., Gischler, E., Davies, P., Montaggioni, L., Camoin, G., Dullo, W.-C., Storlazzi, C., Field, M., Fletcher, C., Grossman, E., Sheppard, C., Lescinsky, H., Fenner, D., McManus, J., Scheffers, S., 2014, Island outlook: Warm and swampy: Science, v. 345 no. 6203, pp. 1461–1461, doi: 10.1126/science.345.6203.1461-a

Jokiel, P.L., Rodgers, K.S., Storlazzi, C.D., Field, M.E., Lager, C.V., Lager, D., 2014, Response of reef corals on a fringing reef flat to elevated suspended-sediment concentrations - Molokaʻi, Hawaiʻi: PeerJ, v. 2, doi: 10.7717/peerj.699.

Oberle, F.K.J., Storlazzi, C.D., and Hanebuth, T.J.J., 2014, Wave-driven sediment mobilization on a storm-controlled continental shelf (Northwest Iberia): Journal of Marine Systems, v. 139, pp. 362–372, doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2014.07.018.

Prouty, N.G., Storlazzi, C.D., McCutcheon, A.L., and Jenson, J.W., 2014, Historic impact of watershed change and sedimentation to reefs along west-central Guam: Coral Reefs, v. 33 no. 3, pp. 733–749, doi: 10.1007/s00338-014-1166-x.

Storlazzi, C.D., Cheriton, O.M., Lescinski, J.M.R., and Logan, J.B., 2014, Coastal circulation and water-column properties in the War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam—Measurements and modeling of waves, currents, temperature, salinity, and turbidity, April–August 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1130, 104 p., doi: 10.3133/ofr20141130.


Conaway, C.H., Draut, A.E., Echols, K.R., Storlazzi, C.D., Ritchie, A., 2013, Episodic Suspended Sediment Transport And Elevated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Concentrations In A Small, Mountainous River In Coastal California: River Research and Applications, v. 29 no. 7, pp. 919–932, doi: 10.1002/rra.2582.

Conaway, C.H., Storlazzi, C.D., Draut, A.E., and Swarzenski, P.W., 2013, Short-term variability of 7Be atmospheric deposition and watershed response in a Pacific coastal stream, Monterey Bay, California, USA: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, v. 120, pp. 94–103, doi: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2013.02.004.

Davis, A.C.D., Kvitek, R.G., Mueller, C.B.A., Young, M.A., Storlazzi, C.D., and Phillips, E.L., 2013, Distribution and abundance of rippled scour depressions along the California coast: Continental Shelf Research, v. 69, pp. 88–100, doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2013.09.010.

DeMartini, E., Jokiel, P., Beets, J., Stender, Y., Storlazzi, C., Minton, D., Conklin, E., 2013, Terrigenous sediment impact on coral recruitment and growth affects the use of coral habitat by recruit parrotfishes (F. Scaridae): Journal of Coastal Conservation, v. 17 no. 3, pp. 417–429, doi: 10.1007/s11852-013-0247-2.

Grady, A.E., Moore, L.J., Storlazzi, C.D., Elias, E., and Reidenbach, M.A., 2013, The influence of sea level rise and changes in fringing reef morphology on gradients in alongshore sediment transport: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 40 no. 12, pp. 3096–3101, doi: 10.1002/grl.50577.

Hoeke, R.K., Storlazzi, C.D., Ridd, P.V., 2013, Drivers of circulation in a fringing coral reef embayment: A wave-flow coupled numerical modeling study of Hanalei Bay, Hawaii: Continental Shelf Research, v. 58, pp. 79–95, doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2013.03.007.

Prouty, N.G., Goodkin, N.F., Jones, R., Lamborg, C.H., Storlazzi, C.D., Hughen, K.A., 2013, Environmental assessment of metal exposure to corals living in Castle Harbour, Bermuda: Marine Chemistry, v. 154, pp. 55–66, doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2013.05.002.

Rogers, J.S., Monismith, S.G., Feddersen, F., Storlazzi, C.D., 2013, Hydrodynamics of spur and groove formations on a coral reef: Hydrodynamics of Reef Spur and Grooves: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 118 no. 6, pp. 3059–3073, doi: 10.1002/jgrc.20225.

Storlazzi, C.D., Berkowitz, P., Reynolds, M.H., and Logan, J.B., 2013, Forecasting the impact of storm waves and sea-level rise on Midway Atoll and Laysan Island within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument—A comparison of passive versus dynamic inundation models: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1069, 78 p., URL:

Storlazzi, C.D., Field, M.E., Cheriton, O.M., Presto, M.K., and Logan, J.B., 2013, Rapid fluctuations in flow and water-column properties in Asan Bay, Guam—Implications for selective resilience of coral reefs in warming seas: Coral Reefs, v. 32, 949–961 p., doi: 10.1007/s00338-013-1061-x.

Storlazzi, C.D., Fregoso, T.A., Figurski, J.D., Freiwald, J., Lonhart, S.I., Finlayson, D.P., 2013, Burial and exhumation of temperate bedrock reefs as elucidated by repetitive high-resolution sea floor sonar surveys: Spatial patterns and impacts to species' richness and diversity: Continental Shelf Research, v. 55, pp. 40–51, doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2013.01.013.

Storlazzi, C.D., Golden, N.E., and Gibbons, H., 2013, Seafloor off Lighthouse Point Park, Santa Cruz, California: General Information Product 153, doi: 10.3133/gip153.

Storlazzi, C.D., Golden, N.E., and Gibbons, H., 2013, Seafloor off Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California: General Information Product 154, doi: 10.3133/gip154.Storlazzi, C.D., Golden, N.E., and Gibbons, H., 2013, Seafloor off Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz County, California: General Information Product 152, doi: 10.3133/gip152.

Warrick, J.A., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2013, Fine-grained sediment dispersal along the California coast: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013-3023, 4 p., URL: