The USC Sea Grant Program is working directly with municipalities in the Los Angeles region to ensure climate change is integrated across a variety of local planning efforts. Explore the projects below to learn more.

Climate Mobility

  • As part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Coastlines and People (CoPe) Research Coordination Network (RCN) grant entitled “People on the Move in a Changing Climate (PEMOCC)” led by the Georgia Sea Grant Program, USC Sea Grant convened a virtual workshop in fall 2022 to facilitate a discussion among experts and stakeholders for the identification of the scientific infrastructure that is required to conduct place-based, use-inspired collaborative research on climate-induced human mobility and regionally tailored educational and engagement strategies. USC Sea Grant continues the work of identifying and addressing community needs as they pertain to climate-induced human mobility.

    People on the Move in a Changing Climate (PEMOCC)

Sea Level Rise Studies

  • USC Sea Grant helped 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.

    Explore the City of Imperial Beach Sea Level Rise Study Website

  • Principal Investigators:

    • Patrick Barnard, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey 
    • Michael Fitzgibbon, COO, Point Blue
    • Kevin Befus, Ph.D., University of Arkansas

    View Project Page

  • Principal Investigators:

    • Patrick Barnard, Ph.D., United States Geological Survey 
    • Michael Fitzgibbon, Point Blue Conservation Science
    • Maya Hayden, Our Coast Our Future 

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  • This study measures social, structural, and natural resource vulnerability, as well as coastal risks to identify areas of high vulnerability and high risk in Los Angeles County. This study considers not only coastal risks, but also erosion, stormwater flooding, and wildfire.

    Explore the Los Angeles County Vulnerability Assessment website

  • USC Sea Grant works directly with the City of Los Angeles to ensure climate change and coastal hazards are integrated into the City’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.

    View the Los Angeles Local Hazard Mitigation Plan webpage

  • USC Sea Grant works with local municipalities to incorporate natural hazards including tsunamis into hazard mitigation planning. NOAA’s tsunami warning system provides the best available information for monitoring tsunamis and forecasting their impacts.

    The United States is served by two NOAA tsunami warning centers which aim to help protect life and property from tsunamis. To do this, warning center staff monitor for tsunamis and the earthquakes that may cause them, forecast tsunami impacts, issue tsunami messages, conduct public outreach and coordinate with partners to continually improve warning operations.

    The National Tsunami Warning Center serves the continental United States, Alaska, and Canada.



  • This study provides an assessment of the potential physical, social and economic impacts of sea level rise on the City’s resources and population, as well as the possible impacts to coastal and shoreline assets. This report was released in 2014.

    View SLR Vulnerability Study for Los Angeles Webpage

  • Principal Investigators:

    • Hassan Davani, Ph.D., San Diego State University
    • Megan Welsh, Ph.D., San Diego State University

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