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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.

Sea Floor Erodes, Reefs Can't Keep UpNew Issue of Sound Waves OnlineSediment Data from Breton Island, LABeach Profiles for Fire Island Updated January 2017Advances in Topobathymetric MappingLong-lived boulder corals: an oceanic counterpart to  tree rings.

Sea Floor Erodes, Reefs Can't Keep Up

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

New Issue of Sound Waves Online

Stories about beach erosion due to El Nino, exploring marine protected areas, new leadership, outreach, news, and more!

Sediment Data from Breton Island, LA

Sediment data collected in 2014 and 2015 from Breton and Gosier Islands, Breton National Wildlife Refuge, LA

Beach Profiles for Fire Island Updated January 2017

Elevation data along beach profiles have been measured quarterly since Hurricane Sandy made landfall in 2012.

Advances in Topobathymetric Mapping

Special Issue highlights recent research for understanding the dynamic coastal environment

Long-lived boulder corals: an oceanic counterpart to tree rings.

Corals help reconstruct historic ocean temperatures, forecast future trends

Before and After Photos

SE Beach Dunes Lost to Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Impacts on Pinellas Beaches

Tampa Bay Times interviews USGS Research Oceanographer on hurricane's impacts on Pinellas beaches

Oceanographer briefs Coastal Communities Caucus

The briefing will help policy makers, emergency managers, and citizens to understand coastal hazards and improve coastal resilience.

Sound Waves
Monthly Newsletter

Large waves breaking on cliffs in Santa Cruz, California, February 13, 2016
Cover Story:
Severe Erosion on U.S. West Coast during 2015-16 El Niño

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