USC Sea Grant is producing a professional development webinar series to provide subject-specific information and training that will help to advance sea level rise and coastal impacts planning in L.A. and Southern California. This series is part of the capacity building and stakeholder engagement component to our AdaptLA Program. Webinars will be held throughout 2015 - 2016 and will be open to all participants of AdaptLA and the Southern California Coastal Impacts Project. All live webinars will be archived and available for viewing on this webpage.
Summer 2016, date and more info coming soon!
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Los Angeles Basin Study: Unlocking the Future of Stormwater Capture
- April 27, 2016
Sub-Regional Coastal Storm Modeling Results: Santa Barbara & Ventura
- Febuary 9, 2016
Dr. Patrick Barnard with the U.S. Geological Survey will discuss initial 100-year storm flood hazard maps with four scenarios of sea level rise for the Santa Barbara & Ventura region. More information on the CoSMoS model results may be found here.
Evaluating Flood Resilience Strategies for Coastal Megacities
- February 3, 2016
Dr. Jeroen Aerts and Dr. Wouter Botzen, Professors at VU University, Amsterdam, will discuss the economics of flood resilience strategies for coastal megacities. They will give a presentation on the methodology and findings of an economic cost-benefit analysis of multiple sea level rise and coastal flooding adaptation strategies for New York City as well as discuss preliminary findings from a pilot study for the Los Angeles region.
Sub-Regional Coastal Storm Modeling Results: San Diego - January 28, 2016
Dr. Patrick Barnard with the U.S. Geological Survey will discuss initial 100-year storm flood hazard maps with four scenarios of sea level rise for the San Diego region. More information on the CoSMoS model results may be found here.
Sub-Regional Coastal Storm Modeling Results: Orange County - January 21, 2016
Dr. Patrick Barnard with the U.S. Geological Survey discusses initial 100-year storm flood hazard maps with four scenarios of sea level rise for the Orange County region. More information on the CoSMoS model results may be found here.
Sub-Regional Coastal Storm Modeling Results: Los Angeles - December 9, 2015
Dr. Patrick Barnard with the U.S. Geological Survey discusses initial 100-year storm flood hazard maps with four scenarios of sea level rise for the Los Angeles region. More information on the CoSMoS model results may be found here.
El Niño: What to Expect for Southern California - October 28, 2015
A strong El Niño in the Pacific Ocean has the potential to become one of the most powerful on record. Models are predicting El Niño will peak in the late fall or early winter. Learn from California experts about what we can expect for Southern California and how we can prepare.
- Andy O'Neill (U.S. Geological Survey) discusses the science of El Niño and how it may impact Southern California.
- Dr. Lesley Ewing (CA Coastal Commission) provides an overview of resources being developed to help prepare for El niño impacts.
- Abe Doherty (CA Ocean Protection Council) discusses state coordination and resources for El Niño.
Legal Issues & Opportunities for Sea Level Rise Planning in California: A Primer for Non-Lawyers - September 16, 2015
To implement sea level rise adaptation plans effectively, local actors in California must understand the ways law and legal tools could enhance their adaptive capacity. Learn from law and policy experts Sean B. Hecht and Megan M. Herzog of UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment about:
-The role of law in the adaptation planning process
-Public and private rights on the coast, including discussion of takings law and the public trust doctrine
-The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and sea level rise
-Legal tools and recommendations for effective sea level rise planning, including UCLA’s ongoing project to develop model implementing legal provisions for California local governments engaged in sea-level rise adaptation
Beach Dynamics & Ecology in Southern California - March 17, 2015
As Southern Californians, we highly value the beaches that provide us with our "endless summer" culture. Beach-related tourism is a major economic driver for our coastal counties, with an estimated $16.5 billion in tourism expenditures in 2012 for L.A. County alone. Beaches also provide a critical first line of defense against sea level rise and coastal storms. Maintaining our beaches maintains our way of life.
This webinar discussed the physical forcings that shape our coastline as well as the ecology of our beaches and how our actions impact the other organisms who live along the coast. Dr. Reinhard ("Ron") Flick (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) described the natural and anthropogenic processes that control our beaches and sand movement. Dr. Karen Martin (Pepperdine University) described who we share our beaches with, where they can be found, and how they are vulnerable. We discussed strategies that will help us maintain our beaches under scenarios of accelerating sea level rise and the impacts of these strategies on beach ecology.
Download webinar powerpoint here.
Download webinar flyer here.
Envisioning Future Impacts through King Tides and Storms - January 12, 2015
King Tides are the highest high tides of the year. These tides, and storms like those we witnessed this December, help us visualize future average water levels and flooding risks. During these events, community members mobilize to capture photos and videos to provide a living record of the changes to our coasts and a glimpse of what our daily tides may look like in the future. This webinar provides background on the California King Tides Project and discusses targeted vulnerable locations in L.A.
Download webinar powerpoint here.
Download L.A.-focused King Tide and Flood Hazard Maps here.
Dates TBD 2016