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Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center

Coastal Processes

CoSMoS: Southern California 2.0

In development, due in 2015

An updated Southern California project is targeted for completion in 2015. Funding provided from the California Coastal Conservancy with additional support from local jurisdictions will stimulate this multi-agency collaboration featuring top coastal and climate scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Oregon State University, the private sector, and USGS.

Model enhancements for Southern California will include:

  • Long-term coastal evolution modeled, including sandy beaches and cliffs
  • Downscaled winds from Global Climate Models (GCMs) for locally generated seas and surge
  • Discharge from rivers for event response and long-term sediment supply
  • An improved baseline-elevation Digital Elevation Model (DEM) developed by the California Coastal Conservancy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that incorporates the most recent bathymetric and topographic surveys available


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