USC Sea Grant Research and Outreach
USC Sea Grant is focused on the complex problems and opportunities presented in our Urban Ocean environment. The Southern California region, representing one of the country's "major megacities," offers innumerable opportunities for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the coast and ocean, through beach recreation, fishing and diving, and the many ecosystem services the ocean provides us. Yet, having this urbanized coast poses considerable challenges for maintaining and conserving coastal and ocean resources while acknowledging the many pressures upon their uses. USC Sea Grant's dedication to the Urban Ocean theme is reflected in our research and outreach portfolios. We fund research on the critical issues associated with the influence of massive cities on the sea, promote connections between scientists and the policy-makers who must craft solutions, and broadly distribute information to the electorate through public education outreach efforts. We focus on the six main topics below.
Coastal Ecology and Biology
Harmful Algal Blooms
Marine Protected Areas
City Dock Marine Laboratory