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St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Research Programs have a primary focus of investigating processes related to coastal and marine environments and societal implications related to natural hazards, resource sustainability, and environmental change.

Hurricane Sandy: Predictions of Coastal Change

USGS scientists use coastal elevations and storm surge and wave forecasts to predict where and how Sandy threatens to reshape the beaches and sand dunes that stand between the storm and coastal developments.

USGS Scientists Study Oil-Spill-Mitigation Berm in Louisiana

The Chandeleur Islands in coastal Louisiana are undergoing the highest rate of land loss among barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico, and have been the focus of intense study by the USGS and collaborators over the past decade.

Arctic Cruise Explores Changing Ocean

USGS scientists are embarking on a research cruise to the Arctic Ocean to collect data and determine trends in ocean acidification from the most remote ocean in the world.

New System Maps Nearshore Environments

USGS scientists developed and assembled a boat-mounted system that simultaneously measures onshore elevations and seafloor depths in nearshore environments to obtain extremely accurate elevation measurements for modeling and studying coastal change over time.

Assessing Coral Bleaching

During a major coral bleaching event in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, USGS scientists conducted underwater surveys using the Along Track Reef Imaging System (ATRIS) to assess the percentage of corals that bleached or died. Learn more about ATRIS and its use in coral reef research.

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View looking east toward Fire Island lighthouse.
Cover Story:
Decade of Fire Island Research Available


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