Citizen Science Projects and Sea-level Rise

Several efforts are in place in California that strive to have citizens using photographs to document the tidal level, king tides, storm surge, flooding hazards, and other conditions concerning the boundary of the ocean and coastline. These photos can be used to calibrate sea-level rise and flood models, as well as provide unique detailed information on coastal resources that are currently or will be impacted by flooding.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Please remember to be smart and safe when participating in citizen science data collection. Don’t turn your back on the ocean.

California King Tides ProjectCKTP

Goal: Photographs of King Tide events.

  • These images offer a living record of the changes to our coasts and shorelines and a glimpse of what our daily tides may look like in the future as a result of sea level rise

Contact: info@kingtides.net

Map with tidal information

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Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) Storm Photo

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Contact: stormphoto@scoos.org

Goal: Photographs of lagoon and estuary mouths, lagoon and estuary overlooks, coastal roadways, seawalls, berms, cliffs, and beaches.

The most beneficial photographs will be those taken:

  • Regularly from the same location and angle (e.g., once per week or once per day) including low and high tides
  • With a fixed reference point within the field of view (e.g., a bridge edge)
  • Documenting large erosion or inundation events after a storm passes

 

Helpful Links:
http://sccoos.org/projects/stormphoto/
Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

 

USC Sea Grant: Urban Tides Initiativeurban

Contact: rindge@usc.edu

Goal: A yearlong community based science effort to help document current tidal lines and coastal flooding.

  • Collect images to visualize current flooding risks at coastal locations in Southern California
  • Use images to ground truth and calibrate scientific models that project flooding and erosion due to future sea level rise
  • Engage communities in meaningful science and invite them more effectively into the discussion of how we can adapt to rising seas
  • Increase ocean and climate literacy within our communities

Liquid photo database

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The Nature Conservancytnc

Contact: elninoca@tnc.org

Goal: Photographs of El Niño conditions using phones and drones.

  • Higher than normal water levels – you can help us by capturing images of: waves overtopping dunes, water over salt marsh into uplands, lower reaches of rivers flooded, flooded roads and other infrastructure, estuary bars being breached;
  • Coastal landslides or other large erosional events’
  • Property damage from floods or landslides.

 

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Local Coastal Program (LCP) Grants Application Period Now Open

Applications are Due July 7, 2014

The fiscal year 2014-15 application period for grant funds to support Local Coastal Program (LCP) planning is now open. Funding is available through two coordinated grant programs:

  • Coastal Commission LCP Planning Assistance Grant Program: $1 million available for updating and certifying LCPs; may include updates to address impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.
  • Ocean Protection Council LCP Sea-level Rise Grant Program: $1.2 million available for work that supports LCP updates specifically to address sea-level rise, including sea- level rise modeling, vulnerability assessments, and adaptation planning and policy development.

Go to http://www.opc.ca.gov/2009/12/climate-change/ for more information and application materials.

Local Coastal Program (LCP) Grants

Applications were due July 7, 2014

The fiscal year 2014-15 application period for grant funds to support Local Coastal Program (LCP) planning is now closed.  Funding was available through two coordinated grant programs.

  • Ocean Protection Council (OPC) LCP Sea-level Rise Grant Program: $1.2 million available for work that supports LCP updates specifically to address sea-level rise, including sea-level rise modeling, vulnerability assessments, and adaptation planning and policy development.
  • Coastal Commission LCP Planning Assistance Grant Program: $1 million available for updating and certifying LCPs; may include updates to address impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.

Go to http://www.opc.ca.gov/2009/12/climate-change/ for more information and application materials.

Call for Nominations – Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team

OPCSAT logoThe Ocean Protection Council now welcomes nominations for three vacancies on the OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) through April 30, 2013.

New members of the OPC-SAT are asked to serve an initial three-year term, with the possibility of renewing for two or three years at a time. Service includes two annual in-person meetings, response to requests for experts for peer review, and potential participation in workgroups as necessary. OPC-SAT membership is intended to reflect the diversity of expertise needed to support the OPC in its mission of science supported policy decisions. 

For more information, please read the full solicitation.

California Ocean Protection Act shortlisted for World Future Council’s Future Policy Award

The California Ocean Protection Act (COPA), which created the Ocean Protection Council and its guiding principles, has been shortlisted for the 2012 Future Policy Award, an international award from the World Future Council that celebrates effective and exemplary policies. The topic of the 2012 award is the protection of oceans and coasts. COPA is one of six policies from five countries that have been shortlisted for the award, which will be announced at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in September 2012.

14th Annual California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest

Photo credit: Brian Friedman, 2011 Judge’s Choice Winner

The Thank You Ocean Campaign is joining forces with the California Coastal Commission and Fairmont Hotels of California for a second year to jointly sponsor the 14th Annual California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest.

This contest highlights photographs that reflect the importance of our coast and ocean to Californians and the role that the California Coastal Commission, Natural Resources Agency, and the Ocean Protection Council have played in preserving our coastal and marine resources.