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  • image of CMGP web team at the shoemaker awards ceremony Coastal and Marine Geology Program website wins Shoemaker award The USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program website ( has won the USGS 2015 Shoemaker Award for Communication Product Excellence in the Internet Product category.
  • Fran Lightsom receives the USGS Community for Data Integration Leadership and Innovation Award blackwater national wildlife refuge How Sediment Transport Sways Wetland Stability
    Despite the importance of sediment availability on wetland stability, vulnerability assessments seldom consider spatiotemporal variability of sediment transport. Models predict that the maximum rate of sea level rise a marsh can survive is proportional to suspended sediment concentration (SSC) and accretion. In contrast, we find that SSC and accretion are higher in an unstable marsh than in an adjacent stable marsh, suggesting that these metrics cannot describe wetland vulnerability. Therefore, we propose the flood/ebb SSC differential and organic-inorganic suspended sediment ratio as better vulnerability metrics. The unstable marsh favors sediment export (18 mg L−1 higher on ebb tides), while the stable marsh imports sediment (12 mg L−1 higher on flood tides). The organic-inorganic SSC ratio is 84% higher in the unstable marsh, and stable isotopes indicate a source consistent with marsh-derived material. These simple metrics scale with sediment fluxes, integrate spatiotemporal variability, and indicate sediment sources.
  • Erika Lentz and Rob Thieler research Geologists at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole U.S. Geological Survey research geologists discuss sea-level rise Erika Lentz and Rob Thieler, research geologists at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, MA provide options for a practical response to sea-level rise, including armoring where necessary, elevating structures, and moving out of vulnerable areas to limit our hazard exposure and provide room for the landscape and ecosystems to adapt.
  • cover image of coastal landforms andprocesses at the cape cod national seashore Coastal landforms and processes at the Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts—A primer Cape Cod, including the Cape Cod National Seashore, has a fascinating geologic history dominated by glaciers, climate change, and highly dynamic coastal processes of storms, sea-level rise, and erosion. All of this is described and illustrated in a new book, 'Coastal landforms and processes at the Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts—a primer', written for the non-scientist and student visitors to the Seashore. Publication of the book highlights the centennial of the National Park Service.
  • image of Dr. Laura Brothers, USGS, Woods Hole, MA This Woman ROCKS! Many people spend years trying to find their “dream job,” but USGS Marine Geologist, Dr. Laura Brothers, is one of the lucky few who has already found hers.
Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center's 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.


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

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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.


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

Field Activity Data Displays (FADD)

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Collections of data relating to field activity research.

Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System

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This Month's Field Operations

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This Month's Publications


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