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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.

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Waves and surge from Alberto will impact Gulf Coast beaches

March 2018 Issue of Sound Waves

Read stories about coral reefs, mineral resources, and acidification trends in Florida estuaries.

Nor’easter and Forecasted Coastal Change

USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal provides forecasts on the potential for beach erosion, overwash and inundation during hurricanes and other severe coastal storms.

Evolution of a Breach

USGS tracks evolution of a Fire Island hurricane-made breach

Hurricane Irma

Pre- and post-storm photos show coastal change caused by Hurricane Irma

USGS Scientist Meets Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen at Film Debut

New educational video features USGS contributing research that helps address the impacts of ocean acidification

As Hurricane Season Opens, USGS Is Ready

Scientists work in the field before, during and after landfall to improve forecasting and recovery

Hurricane Sandy Fire Island Regional Study

New data for understanding coastal processes and vulnerability

Sea Floor Erodes, Reefs Can't Keep Up

Coastal communities lose protection as degrading coral reefs are outpaced by sea level rise

Sound Waves
Monthly Newsletter

Photo shows degraded coral reefs at Kahekili Beach Park, west Maui, Hawai
Cover Story:
Polluted Groundwater Threatens Hawaiian Coral Reefs

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