Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

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A broad theme of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Marine and Coastal Geology Program is understanding geologic factors which influence the long-term quality and preservation of environments in their natural state. Toward this goal, the USGS is developing an integrated package of wave, circulation and sediment transport models that can be used to study the movement of polluted material in coastal waters. As a first step of this development, we have implemented and tested a three-dimensional circulation model in Massachusetts Bay, a prototypical region of interest.