USGS - science for a changing world

St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center > Research and Support Capabilities

Research and Support Capabilities

U.S. Geological Survey staff at St. Petersburg, Florida
USGS staff at St. Petersburg, Florida.
The USGS St. Petersburg office oversees facilities and vessels staffed by experts and equipped with the latest technology. On-shore labs, computers, scientists and technicians are on hand to support field missions through equipment preparation, and processing, analyzing and storing information. Facilities include a fully operational shop, an electronics lab, sediment and core labs, microbiology lab, and biology lab. State of the art information technology (IT) support is available for computing, data analysis, archive, and servers. Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote sensing capabilities and expertise are also housed at the USGS in St. Petersburg, FL.

The character of the United States coast and continental margins reflects the interaction of a number of natural processes and the footprint of human activity. The size, depth, and shape of coastal rivers, estuaries, and beaches reflect the control of geologic and atmospheric processes through time. Geologic processes control the size, shape, volume, and quality of freshwater aquifers along the coast. Furthermore, the distribution of wetlands, fishing grounds, minerals, sand and gravel, and other natural resources are also influenced by earth system processes. Thus, the key to wise stewardship and development of many coastal and marine natural resources is a sound scientific understanding of how these systems operate. Science-based decisions facing federal, state, and local policymakers depend on an understanding of the processes that have traditionally been the focus of research by the USGS in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The mission of the USGS is to provide biologic, geologic, topographic, and hydrologic information that contributes to the wise management of the nation's natural resources, promoting health, safety, and well-being of the people. This information consists of maps, databases, and analyses of water, mineral and biologic resources, land surface features and underlying geologic structure, and dynamic processes of the earth's ecosystems. To accomplish its mission, the USGS in St. Petersburg, Florida:

  • conducts research in geology, mapping, hydrology, biology, and related sciences;
  • maps onshore and offshore geologic framework;
  • assesses mineral resources and develops techniques for their discovery;
  • evaluates hazards associated with floods, droughts, hurricanes, subsidence, human activity, and climate change;
  • assesses water resources and develops an understanding of the impact of human activities and natural phenomena on hydrologic systems;
  • assesses the links between biodiversity, habitat condition, and ecosystem processes;
  • develops new technologies for collection and interpretation of earth science data;
  • provides scientific support and technical advice for legislative, regulatory, and management decisions;
  • and cooperates with other federal, state, and local agencies, and with academia and industry in the accomplishment of its mission.


Visit the FlaSH project

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information: Feedback
Page Last Modified: December 05, 2016 @ 11:24 AM (JSS)