The coastal ocean represents the major interface between humans and the marine environment, making coastal ecosystems those most heavily impacted by human activity. Coastal habitats provide many important services such as sheltering diverse marine organisms, buffering terrestrial habitats from wave action and flooding and supporting recreation and tourism. The Center for Ocean Solutions is taking an interdisciplinary approach to identifying and resolving these challenges. Human impacts on the coastal environment include:
Is my beach safe today? The Center aims to create a tool for measuring water quality in near-real time for human health.
The eDNA project uses the DNA present in a glass of seawater to monitor the biodiversity and distribution of marine animals in the ocean.
Our coastal adaptation projects work to enable coastal managers with a broader range of planning options for adapting to climate change.
The EcoPrinciples Connect tool will link publicly available data to resource management needs through the lens of ecological principles.
The Center aims to harmonize the law, science and practice of cumulative impact assessment to better manage human activities that impact coasts and oceans.
The Ocean Tipping Points project embeds the science of ecological tipping points into ocean management.
The Center for Ocean Solutions believes that an important and effective method to find solutions is to convene some of the best minds across multiple disciplines in working groups.
This working group seeks to identify the patterns, drivers and consequences of coastal hypoxia in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem.
Land-Sea focal area projects and working groups have produced a suite of reports and related publications.
Featured Land-Sea Interactions literature covers topics that include: