Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center


The center is one of three centers serving the mission of the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program—the primary Federal marine geology and physical science research program responsible for the Nation’s entire coastal and marine landscape. The center conducts scientific research in various locations throughout the United States to describe and understand the processes shaping coastal and marine ecosystems. The center’s research is used to make informed decisions about the use, management, and protection of our coastal resources.

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September 16, 2021

Special Issue on Reducing Flood Risk by Restoring Coral Reefs

In this special issue, explore the benefits provided by coral reefs off Florida and Puerto Rico - including flood risk reduction and protection for people, property, and natural resources. A new series of USGS reports demonstrates how the restoration of coral reefs can save hundreds of millions of dollars in storm-related damages every year.

Date published: September 9, 2021

USGS staff participating in DUNEX VIP Day at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Field Research Facility

Jenna Brown and Chris Sherwood of USGS attend a VIP Event to discuss the USGS component of the DUNEX project, a multi-agency study of storm processes in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

August 31, 2021

Sound Waves Newsletter - July-August 2021

Learn about some of our barrier island research, deep sea "stepping stones," our 5000th sample at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and more in this July-August 2021 issue of Sound Waves


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Year Published: 2021

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center—2020 annual report

The 2020 annual report of the U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center highlights accomplishments of 2020, includes a list of 2020 publications, and summarizes the work of the center, as well as the work of each of its science groups. This product allows readers to gain a general understanding of the focus areas of the...

Ernst, Sara
Ernst, S., 2021, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center—2020 annual report: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1487, 36 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1487.

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Hydrate formation on marine seep bubbles and the implications for water column methane dissolution

Methane released from seafloor seeps contributes to a number of benthic, water column, and atmospheric processes. At seafloor seeps within the methane hydrate stability zone, crystalline gas hydrate shells can form on methane bubbles while the bubbles are still in contact with the seafloor or as the bubbles begin ascending through the water column...

Fu, Xiaojing; Waite, William F.; Ruppel, Carolyn D.

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Discrete sample introduction module for quantitative and isotopic analysis of methane and other gases by cavity ring-down spectroscopy

Carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) are natural and anthropogenic products that play a central role in the global carbon cycle and regulating Earth’s climate. Applications utilizing laser absorption spectroscopy, which continuously measure concentrations and stable isotope ratios of these greenhouse gases, are routinely employed to measure the...

Pohlman, John; Casso, Michael; Magen, Cedric; Bergeron, Emile M.