|A "bight" can be defined as both a bend or curve in any geographical feature or a large bay. Both define the region of our study. This Google Earth image shows the arching coastline and the large embayment of the Southern California Bight.|
Climate change impacts will affect both the ocean and coastal ecosystem, as well as coastal communities. The implications of these changes are even more complex in a marine setting that borders a densely populated major urban area, such as the greater Los Angeles basin.
In 2010, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences funded a three-year collaborative project entitled Climate Change in the Southern California Bight, directed by Dr. David Hutchins and Dr. Douglas Capone (USC Biological Sciences, Marine Environmental Biology program). The three main goals of this project are to:
On March 12, 2013, we held a policy colloquium to focus on ocean health and human dimensions in a changing climate. The goals of the colloquium were to provide a forum to foster understanding of the interplay among climate change, ocean health and human dimensions; understanding how social vulnerability can be mitigated through effective adaptation; and how communities can build resilience to climate change.
Download colloquium agenda here. Colloquium presentations are available for download below.
Morning Session: Ocean Health in a Changing Climate
Afternoon Session: Social Vulnerability and Sea Level Rise Planning