AdaptLA: Coastal Impacts Planning for the Los Angeles Region

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Los Angeles is known for its wide sandy beaches, coastal boardwalks, and beach commerce and tourism. However the impacts of climate change not only threaten our treasured beaches but also critical infrastructure, including power plants; sewage treatment plants; and two of the busiest ports in the U.S., along the coast. Planning for the impacts of climate change (adaptation planning) is therefore a priority for the region.  However to fully understand the impacts of climate change and how they can inform regional planning polices require a link between the best available scientific tools and local governments.

AdaptLA: Coastal Impacts Planning for the Los Angeles Region, funded by the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and the State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) under the Local Coastal Program Sea Level Rise Adaptation Grant program, will fund the development of a shoreline change and coastal erosion model for the Los Angeles region, and provide capacity building opportunities for local and regional planners and decision-makers. The model will be developed by a strong team of experts (ESA PWA, TerraCosta Consulting Group). They will integrate their work which is focused on shoreline and beach response, with the work led by the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a coastal storm modeling system (CoSMoS) for Southern California.

This effort will be led by the City of Santa Monica, but will be conducted with guidance and close collaboration with the 11 participating jurisdictions; the University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program, the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative on Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC); the CA State Coastal Conservancy; Heal the Bay; the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC); USGS; TerraCosta Consulting Group; ESA PWA; Thalassa Research & Consulting, LLC.

For more information
Alyssa Newton Mann
National Focus Area
Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
Sustainable Community Development
Hazard Resilient Coastal Communities
Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply