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Research and Support Capabilities at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Shipboard Operations

Introduction

Scientific investigations on ocean and coastal processes are critical to managing resources in a time of rapid change. Coastal and sea-floor investigations and mapping efforts rely on new and conventional technologies deployed from shipboard and airborne platforms throughout the United States. Technologies include state-of-the-art navigation and computing systems, sonar technology, sediment and water sampling systems, and imaging systems.

Bathymetry, seafloor imagery, geologic cross-sections, water quality and coastal hazard assessments, biological studies, and maps of habitat and significant resources are among the products. Combined, the techniques, maps, and scientific interpretations improve our understanding of our nations resources and provide information for resource management.

scientists onboard the Research Vessel G.K. Gilbert use a vibracore to extract bottom sediments
USGS scientists onboard the R/V G.K. Gilbert use a vibracore to extract bottom sediments. [larger version]
  U.S. Geological Survey divers retrieving sediment core in shallow water.
USGS divers retrieving sediment core in shallow water. [larger version]

 


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