USGS, Geology Division, Menlo Park, CA, U.S. Department of the Interior
Data Center Description
The Western Coastal and Marine Geology (WCMG) Team of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) studies the Pacific Coast of the Western United States. Team scientists conduct marine research, monitor ocean processes, and provide information about geologic hazards, environmental conditions, habitats, and energy and mineral resources.
The Marine Facility is located in Redwood City Researchers are currently working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other organizations to develop probabilistic inundation-hazard maps for use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They are also searching for ancient evidence of Tsunamis in Southern California that may take part in the landslide deposit.
USGS scientists are mapping the distribution and condition of coral reefs as part of a national effort to understand and protect these fragile environments. Projects are currently taking place in Hawaii.