Aerial photo of Morro Rock and the parking lot for Morro Bay surrounded by fog

Making Living Shorelines Equitable

Science guidance to ensure nature-based coastal adaptation in California benefits everyone

California Ocean Science Trust is undertaking a project focused on science informing solutions, as we seek to make coastal nature-based adaptation, specifically living shorelines, work more equitably for nature and people in California.

Living shorelines are natural coastal areas that provide coastal protection such as eelgrass beds, beaches, dune ecosystems, oyster reefs, or marshes. This green infrastructure can provide benefits including resilience to sea level rise, improving water quality, and protecting nursery habitat for fish.

OST is convneing an interdisciplinary working group of experts in June 2021 – June 2022 to develop evidence-based science guidance for achieving socially equitable outcomes of living shoreline restoration projects. Working group members represent expertise in areas such as environmental justice, equity, along with academic fields such as social vulnerability, coastal ecology, and civil engineering.

Simultaneously, OST will leverage our unique connections to the state to seek guidance from state agency policy-makers, as well as public and private funders to ensure that the final results are actionable within California policy and funding for restoration.

This project began Spring 2021 and will be active for one year. Please check back for more details.

Expert Panel

Dr. Katharyn Boyer, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, San Francisco State University
Dr. Juliano Calil, Middlebury Institute for International Studies
Dr. Summer Gray, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Brittani Orona, San Diego State University
Dr. Charles Lester, Ocean and Coastal Policy Center, University of California, Santa Barbara

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