Pacific Coast Sea-Level Rise Workshops

Eight on-site workshops sponsored by USGS Western Ecological Research Center, the California LCC, and the North Pacific LCC provided coastal managers the science to keep pace with sea-level rise.


The USGS Western Ecological Research Center has worked with federal, Tribal, state, and local partners to establish a network of study sites in 17 estuaries along the Pacific Coast, examining the climate change effects on tidal wetlands with high-quality local data, downscaled models, and projected storm effects.

The project's lead scientists have convened these partners in the coastal study site areas in locally hosted workshops to:

  • Learn about site-specific baseline data and modeling results, coast-wide trends, and data gaps;
  • Help identify how local results may be incorporated into conservation, planning, and adaptation case studies; and
  • Provide feedback on a coast-wide science needs assessment.

Information learned from workshop participants is being shared with the North Pacific and California LCCs.

More about this project can be found on these webpages:

Workshop Materials

Workshop Dates:

  • Nisqually River, October 21-22, 2014
  • Willapa Bay, November 20-21, 2014
  • Siletz Bay, Newport, OR, November 13, 2014
  • Humboldt Bay, October 2-3, 2014
  • San Pablo Bay, September 25, 2014
  • Bolinas Lagoon, December 10-11, 2014
  • Seal Beach, January, 2015 (TBD)
  • Tijuana Slough, December 15-15, 2014

For more information, contact:
Karen Thorne, PhD
Research Ecologist
USGS Western Ecological Research Center

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