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USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

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  1. St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
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The Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Geology Team is one of three marine teams that conduct research within the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program. The team is located on WHOI's Quissett Campus. The team has a staff of about 100, including 24 research scientists and 75 scientific and administrative support staff. USGS earth scientists explore and study many aspects of the underwater areas between shorelines and the deep ocean, off the U.S. East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, and in parts of the Caribbean and Great Lakes.


news photo 1 Mechanical Arm + Internet = Realtime Profiles of Particles Near the Seafloor The profiling system was deployed as part of the OASIS (Optics Acoustics and Stress In Situ) project, funded by the Office of Naval Research, with additional support from the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program. The profiler was designed to move a package of optical and acoustic sensors up and down through the 2 m of water just above the seafloor.... (MORE) news photo 2 Climate History and Deep-Sea-Coral Habitats—Clues from the Drake Passage Between Antarctica and South America. In May and June 2011, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) marine geologist Kathy Scanlon participated in a 34-day research cruise on the icebreaking research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer in the Drake Passage between Antarctica and South America.... (MORE) news photo 3 High-Resolution Multibeam Mapping of Mid-Atlantic Canyons to Assess Tsunami Hazards For the past 5 years, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, have been studying submarine canyons and landslides to assess the potential for landslide-generated tsunamis along the U.S. east coast... (MORE)


GIS information

GIS Map of Boston Harbor
Our interactive map server with displays on various information layers from a number of USGS research programs.

Marine Realms Information Bank

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MRIB is a distributed geolibrary that provides access to information about oceanic and coastal environments.

Geologic Maps of America's Submerged Lands:

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Links to maps of the sea floor, including the digital data, displayed on a map of the U.S. east coast.


Photo of Shrimp
A collection of photographs documenting
sea floor characteristics and operations in the field.


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A monthly newsletter produced by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System

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Discover and download data produced by the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Geology Program.

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