USC Sea Grant: The Urban Ocean Program
The University of Southern California's location in the middle of Los Angeles has made the Sea Grant Program at USC an important regional resource, concentrating on issues arising out of the necessity of managing people and resources in an intensely developed coastline. For this reason, in the 1980s the USC Sea Grant program adopted as its programmatic theme the "Urban Ocean," a theme that continues to best characterize our focus on the needs of this unique region.
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USC Sea Grant's primary responsibility is to contribute to solving the problems of the Urban Ocean, while recognizing the opportunities for coastal commerce, recreation and improving the quality of life in coastal regions such as Southern California.
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The USC Sea Grant Program is staffed by seven professionals, an information technology specialist, and a financial and administrative coordinator. Sea Grant is housed in the Allan Hancock Foundation building on USC's main campus, which also houses faculty and labs in the Marine Environmental Biology program and the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. The Hancock Building is in the center of USC, and has been the historic home for marine biology laboratories and offices since it was constructed in 1940. In 2008, the Sea Grant staff offices were relocated to the Hancock Director's Suite, so that all professional and administrative staff is co-located.
Our small staff size allows close cohesion of the various program elements and the invaluable cross-fertilization of ideas, plans, and programming. Research administration, planning and extension and communications efforts combine seamlessly to provide Southern California state and national constituencies with information and services that are naturally interdisciplinary and coordinated.