Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

On the precipice

Seaside cliffs crumbling without a discernible pattern

Ocean waves, rain storms and other factors eroded coastal bluffs at a frightening pace of up to about 12 feet a year. SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE


San Diego Union-Tribune

Thinking about building a new home on a bluff overlooking the sea? You may want to think again. A new report out of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography finds that methods of tracking coastal cliff erosion using historical data may be unreliable. The study provides accurate erosion rates for 680 miles of the California coast, from the U.S.-Mexico border to Bodega Head in Sonoma County.


California's struggle to manage future wildfires

Water Deeply

California's recent wildfires have been nearly unprecedented in terms of their destructiveness and size and the season in which they burned. The Thomas Fire, for example, has grown into one of the largest wildfires in the state’s history. Now, many experts are questioning how best to manage woodlands and protect society against wildfires in the future.


Seminars to explore how the Delta is monitored

Delta Stewardship Council

The Delta Independent Science Board will undertake a broad review of monitoring efforts in the Delta next month. The Monitoring Enterprise Review will investigate numerous programs across the natural, biological and social sciences and is intended to cover the state of monitoring in the Delta from a wide range of perspectives.