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New USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Web Pages Open Doors to Diverse Research Topics, Expertise, and Resources

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We want partners and stakeholders to easily see what we do to support them—to find the tools and products they need. The web is an important resource—our front door. It is important that we share what we are doing and keep it updated so it is current and relevant. These front-end pages are one important piece of our strategy to help the public, agencies at all levels, and a diverse community of researchers find, access, and apply our data and products to their needs and resource management issues.
—USGS Coastal and Marine Geology
 Program Coordinator, John Haines

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) has launched a revised website. Through a thematic and topical organizational structure with technical enhancements that improve navigation and search capabilities, the new CMGP website improves access to both current and historical coastal and marine research information, including research projects, laboratory and technical capabilities, field activities, data, publications, news, outreach activities, and personnel information.

Home page of the new USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) website
Above: Home page of the new USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) website. [larger version]

Current scientific research is organized along major themes through which CMGP contributes to the USGS mission:

Understanding Coastal Change—A range of studies and information that document, assess, and model coastal change, risk, and vulnerability, including historical shoreline change and the geologic structure and history of coastal regions, sediment supply and transport, sea-level rise, and how extreme storms affect rates and impacts of coastal change.

Above: Many oceanfront homes on Fire Island, New York, were damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. (From the “Understanding Coastal Change” research theme in revised USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program website.) [larger version]

Geologic Hazards and Catastrophic Events—Research about the causes, distribution and hazard potential of coastal and submarine hazard events—including earthquakes and submarine landslides, as well as associated tsunamis; coastal inundation caused by hurricanes, extreme storms, and sea-level rise; and oil and gas spills. Included in this theme is the development of models to help evaluate and forecast coastal-hazard probability and occurrence.

Ocean Resources for America’s Needs—Research studies focused on geologic mapping, sampling, and understanding of mineral and energy resources, including studies of geologic setting and processes to inform renewable energy development offshore.

Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Science—Multidisciplinary expertise focused on developing tools and models to improve understanding of how healthy ecosystems function, as well as how they respond to environmental changes and human impacts, including regional ecosystem restoration. Research studies address coral reef, coastal wetland, benthic habitat, and groundwater resources.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) contributes to the greater USGS mission of providing impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help provide timely, relevant, and usable information.

To learn more about the comprehensive research conducted by the USGS CMGP, there are many ways to get started:

Want to find research projects?

Browse the Research section by major research themes, see a list of all current research projects, or search projects using a topical search with a curated result collection and a set of recommended resources. In addition to being able to search by topic, you can find current research by theme organized by national and regional scope and areas of applied science. Each research project includes a project overview, descriptions of research themes and tasks, data products, publications, and contact information.

Want to learn about research techniques and tools?

The Technology & Tools section describes the data-collection tools, analytical techniques, and technologies used in coastal and marine studies. Visitors can learn about laboratory facilities and capabilities, mapping technologies, data modeling and visualization tools, scientific instruments and equipment, and software.

Looking for data?

The Data section uses the USGS Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System (CMGDS), a web service that provides access to published CMGP data sets. Access to CMGP data is provided via Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards services; by serving CMGP data to GeoMapApp and Virtual Ocean 2-D and 3-D earth browsing tools for data integration, visualization, and analysis; and through metadata catalogs for data discovery. The site currently serves up seismic, sidescan-sonar, bathymetry, gravity, magnetic, and lidar data. Data holdings and data-serving capabilities receive frequent updates.

Above: Example of the many types of data available from the revised website: lidar (light-detection-and-ranging) map of submarine topography in Dry Tortugas National Park. (Sheet 42 of USGS Open-File Report 2006–1244.) [larger version]

Looking for maps and other publications?

The Publications page features a comprehensive list of publications produced by CMGP; citations include a direct link to the full publication if it is available online.

Interested in field activities?

The Field Activities section provides an up-to-date status of all CMGP field activities, including dates, locations, chief scientists, and scientific objectives. Field activities can be viewed in a calendar format as well as in a list view of the current month’s activities.

Above: Diver uses an underwater drill to take a core sample from a massive brain coral (Diploria strigosa) in Dry Tortugas National Park. (From “Reef History and Climate Change” page in the revised website’s “Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Science” research theme.) [larger version]

Want to locate educational resources and discover ways CMGP engages with the public?

The Education and Outreach section shares a wide range of resources—including multimedia such as podcasts, videos, and images—to help explain and illustrate scientific concepts. Information about community outreach activities, such as center open houses, seminars, and youth programs, is also included.

Want to learn more about the CMGP Program?

The About Us section shares CMGP expertise, priorities for research initiatives, and planning documents.

The News section is updated weekly and features short articles about newly released publications, upcoming scientific meetings, new research activities, and other events. There is also a link to the Program’s bimonthly newsletter Sound Waves, which provides in-depth articles about coastal and marine research.

The Contacts and Personnel section lists CMGP scientists and staff, along with their contact information and maps and directions to all CMGP offices.

Launched March 11, 2014, the website is the product of collaboration between the three science centers that make up the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program: the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida; the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; and the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz and Menlo Park, California.

Please come visit, the “front door” is open!

Related Websites
USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP)
USGS Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System
Open Geospatial Consortium
Marine Geoscience Data System
Virtual Ocean
Marine Geoscience Data System

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cover story:
Earthquake, Landslide, and Tsunami Hazards in the Caribbean

Through the Eyes of a Polar Bear—First "Point of View" Video

Spotlight on Sandy
Hurricane Sandy Impacts Did Not Contribute to Subsequent Storm Flooding

New Personnel Study Estuarine Response to Storms

Summer Hires Assist Studies of Coastal Sediment Transport

Tracking Oil—USGS Tools and Analysis Inform Oil-Spill Response

Help Identify Coastal Hazards with Aerial Photographs on "iCoast" Website

Coral Reefs Provide Critical Protection to Coastal Inhabitants

New Postdoctoral Researchers at USGS in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Summer Intern at USGS in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Publications New USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Web Pages

Facilitating Identification of Coastal and Undersea Features

May / June Publications

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

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