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.  … read more

Coastal Mapping (LiDAR) Data Available

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is pleased to announce that new high-resolution coastal elevation data sets are available to support the production of maps for coastal management applications such as assessment of vulnerability from severe storms, sea-level rise and coastal erosion.

The OPC provided $2.75 million to support this highly collaborative project, which has resulted in detailed elevation data available for the California coastline, including San Francisco Bay thanks to the support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center and the U.S. Geological Survey.  The project area covered 3,779 square miles.  The data was collected using LiDAR, a state-of-the-art remote sensing technology, in conjunction with high resolution aerial photography.   … read more

Call for Collaborative Research on California Fisheries

Photo Credit: Steve Lonhart, NOAA

Funding cycle:  July 1, 2012—June 30, 2014

Collaborative teams of fishermen, resource managers and scientists are invited to apply for funds to conduct applied research on California fisheries during the 2012–2014 biennium. CFR West, the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and California Sea Grant (CASG) are now soliciting letters of intent for projects to begin July 1, 2012. Letters of intent are due by midnight PST on January 5, 2012.

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13th Annual California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photo Contest

Dear Ocean and Coastal Community,

Thank You Ocean is joining forces with the California Coastal Commission and Fairmont Hotels of California to jointly sponsor the 13th Annual California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest. We are seeking photographs that reflect the importance that the coast and ocean has for California residents and the role that the Coastal Commission, Natural Resources Agency and Ocean Protection Council have played in preserving coastal and marine resources.

Entry is free and open to all amateur photographers. Entrants are encouraged to submit photos of the following subjects:
The scenic coast and Pacific Ocean off California,
People and the California coast, and
California ocean and coastal wildlife.

Contest Timeline
Contest opens: July 18, 2011
Submission deadline: September 2, 2011
Voting deadline: September 16, 2011
Announcement of contest winners: expected by the end of October 2011


Four winners will be announced for this contest. Online voters will select a “viewers’ choice” winner, while a panel of professional photographers, naturalists, and Coastal Commission and Thank You Ocean staff will select “judges’ choice” winners for first, second, and third place. … read more

The California Shoreline Mapping Project

Rising sea levels of up to 1.4 m by 2100 will have significant impacts on California’s coastline. While bays and estuaries are expected to experience the most dramatic modifications in the coming century, changes will be felt far inland from the immediate shoreline zone. Elevation of the land surface is a critical data set needed to help estimate the magnitude of sea level rise impacts.
The California Shoreline Mapping Program will create a modern elevation map of the state’s coastline (shore to 10 meters in elevation) to help coastal communities understand and prepare for sea level rise and severe storms. By integrating newly collected seafloor mapping data, California will soon be able to create a seamless, onshore-offshore high-resolution elevation map of the state’s 1,100-mile coastal zone from Oregon to Mexico.
  • INNOVATION This project will produce the most detailed map of the California coastline ever created, combining state-of-the-art remote sensing technologies such as LiDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging) and very high resolution digital orthophotos to produce a detailed 3-dimensional picture of the coast.
  • USES Baseline information to measure everything from the impact of climate-related rising oceans, to beach erosion, to flooding risks from large winter storms.
  • PARTNERSHIPS Furthering the partnerships of the Seafloor Mapping Program, this highly collaborative project is another excellent example of state and federal agencies working together to provide cost-effective, useful, science-based information to aid in important decision making
This project builds from a multi-agency OPC-organized meeting on December 18, 2008, to assist in planning the California Coastal LiDAR Project (CCLP). The meeting gathered agency needs for a LiDAR dataset, discussed technical and geographic specifications, and determined how to obtain the most widely accessible and useful dataset.  A summary report on the meeting can be found below.

Council Documents
Staff Recommendation for $2,750,000 of OPC funding for Coastal LiDAR mapping (Sept 2010)
Summary report of the California Coastal LiDAR Project (Dec 2008)

OPC Staff Contact:
Abe Doherty
(510) 286-4183
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