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  • Rarely observed deep-sea fish, a jellynose 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
    USGS examines the role of variables like tides and suspended sediment concentration to improve methods of evaluating coastal wetlands
    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Community for Data Integration (CDI) presents its Leadership and Innovation Award to a community member for outstanding contributions in guiding USGS data integration activities through the CDI working groups. The award is meant to recognize someone who brings new ideas to life and provides unwavering leadership in producing tangible results that will improve data integration, access, and discovery. The awardee actively seeks collaborative approaches, embraces new perspectives, and provides a stimulating forum to address on-the-ground data integration needs of the community. Through this leadership, the awardee’s contributions move the CDI, and on a broader scale, the USGS and its partners, forward to a more integrated data landscape that ultimately advances USGS science.
  • Erika Lentz and Rob Thieler research Geologists at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole Erika Lentz and Rob Thieler, research geologists at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, MA, 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.
  • Daniel Nowacki deploying instruments in extremely soupy mud south of the Amazon River mouth Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellow Joins Hurricane Sandy Estuarine Physical Response Project In March 2015, Dan Nowacki joined the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Dan is a Mendenhall Research Fellow working primarily with USGS research oceanographer Neil Ganju as part of the Estuarine Physical Response to Storms project. He is developing techniques to quantify the role of vegetation in the response and resilience of coastal areas to large storm events. Using a combination of numerical modeling techniques and field measurements, he will work to better understand how a variety of vegetation types modify waves and associated sediment-transport processes. Although coastal vegetation is generally thought to mitigate wave action and storm surge, the specific dynamics of the interaction remain poorly known; this work could ultimately help coastal planners understand the role of natural ecosystems in storm protection.
  • 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.


Internet Map Server

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

Environmental Compliance

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

This Month's Field Operations

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search the Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System (CMGDS) for field activity and data information collected by Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

This Month's Publications


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