Climate Change Science & Adaptation Planning

Focus Areas > Climate Change

USC Sea Grant funds research and develops outreach and education products to understand the impact of climate change on the biology and chemistry of the ocean. Similarly, we work with local and state governments to help coastal managers adapt to the impacts of climate change. Below, we describe our various research, outreach and education efforts.

Technical Assistance & Current Projects

  • Marshes on the Margin: Developing Tidal Wetlands Adaptation Strategies in Southern California 
    This is a project of the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, funded by a NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise grant.  The project seeks to understand how estuaries, like Los Cerritos Wetlands, will change with sea level rise, and then work to develop natural and nature-based solutions, and promote collaborative networks to understand tradeoffs between management strategies. 
  • Regional AdaptLA: Sea Level Rise Planning for Los Angeles  
    A team of experts is developing a comprehensive shoreline change and coastal erosion model for the Los Angeles region. USC Sea Grant is building capacity throughout the region to enable coastal jurisdictions to utilize this new information in adaptive adaptation planning.

  • Southern California Coastal Impacts Project 
    USC Sea Grant is providing technical assistance and outreach on the CoSMoS model for the Southern California region to help build capacity in coastal communities as they begin to plan for impacts from sea level rise.

  • 2016 California Climate Adaptaion Needs Assessment Survey
    A survey was conducted during summer 2016 of nearly 700 coastal professionals to assess how they are preparing for the impacts of climate change. What challenges do they face? What information, technical training, and science is needed? Results will help the state determine where more guidance, financial resources, and science resources are needed to help them effectively invest funds. Results will also help USC Sea Grant fine tune how to best work with communities to advance adaptation planning.
  • Santa Monica Pier 'Owl' Virtual Reality Installation
    USC Sea Grant helped develop a new virtual reality installation that will be on the Santa Monica Pier from November 14 to December 31, 2016. The installation, nicknamed the “Owl” due to its appearance, is a pair of freestanding viewers that reveal how sea level rise will affect the Santa Monica shoreline. Will its iconic beaches be underwater in 30 years? Visualizations are also available online and via smart phone here:
  • City of Imperial Beach Sea Level Rise Study
    USC Sea Grant is helping the City of Imperial Beach identify and utilize the best available scientific information to assess the City's vulnerability to sea level rise and coastal storms and to guide the City in identifying appropriate adaptation strategies. 

Recent Workshops & Outreach Materials

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ESA & TerraCosta Results

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