Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets

Coastal Habitats Research

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Sanctuary scientists study intertidal populations to monitor trends.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary contains many kinds of habitats including rocky shores, sandy beaches, kelp forests, sea stacks and islands, open ocean or pelagic habitats, the continental shelf seafloor and submarine canyons. This complex seascape and the dynamic ocean processes that occur here are the reasons the Olympic coast is noted for its biological diversity (the number and abundance of species) and high ecological productivity.

Sanctuary research in coastal habitats, conducted in collaboration with numerous individual, government and academic partners, focuses on intertidal monitoring, nearshore kelp beds, subtidal habitats, and seafloor or benthic communities, and fish.

With impacts demonstrated throughout the world, invasive species are a threat to coastal habitats monitored by sanctuary researchers and partners.

For information on coastal habitat projects, see Coastal Habitat Projects.



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