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Publications and Press


Changing Face — USGS maps changes to beach, seafloor after Montecito Mudslides
Ventura County Reporter, April 4, 2018

Unique Mapping Project Underway On South Coast Beaches; May Provide Insight Into Storm Impacts
KCLU Thousand Oaks, March 28, 2018

Government survey begins to measure shoreline changes after winter storm runoff
Crew starts day on Carpinteria beach
KEYT Santa Barbara, March 27, 2018

Mapping Beach Changes After Devastating Montecito Debris Flows
USGS Media Advisory, March 26, 2018

Related Publications


Barnard, P.L., Hoover, D., Hubbard, D.M., Snyder, A., Ludka, B.C., Allan, J., Kaminsky, G.M., Ruggiero, P., Gallien, T.W., Gabel, L., McCandless, D., Weiner, H.M., Cohn, N., Anderson, D.L., and Serafin, K.A., 2017. Extreme oceanographic forcing and coastal response due to the 2015–2016 El Niño. Nature Communications, v. 8, pp. 1–8, doi: 10.1038/ncomms14365

Hegermiller, C.A., Antolinez, J.A.A., Rueda, A.C., Camus, P., Perez, J., Erikson, L.H., Barnard, P.L., and Mendez, F.J., 2017, A multimodal wave spectrum-based approach for statistical downscaling of local wave climate: Journal of Physical Oceanography, v. 47 no. 2, pp. 375–386, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-16-0191.1

Hegermiller, C.A., Rueda, A., Erikson, L.H., Barnard, P.L., Antolinez, J.A.A., and Mendez, F.J., 2017. Controls of Multimodal Wave Conditions in a Complex Coastal Setting. Geophysical Research Letters, v. 44 no. 24, pp. 12,315–12,323, doi: 10.1002/2017gl075272

Hoover, D.J., Odigie, K.O., Swarzenski, P.W., and Barnard, P., 2017. Sea-level rise and coastal groundwater inundation and shoaling at select sites in California, USA. Journal of Hydrology. Regional Studies, v. 11, pp. 234–249, doi: 10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.12.055

Vitousek, S., Barnard, P.L., and Limber, P., 2017. Can beaches survive climate change? Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface, v. 122 no. 4, pp. 1060–1067, doi: 10.1002/2017jf004308

Vitousek, S., Barnard, P.L., Limber, P., Erikson, L., and Cole, B., 2017. A model integrating longshore and cross-shore processes for predicting long-term shoreline response to climate change. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, v. 122 no. 4, pp. 782–806, doi: 10.1002/2016JF004065


Hegermiller, C.A., Erikson, L.H., and Barnard, P.L., 2016. Nearshore waves in southern California: hindcast, and modeled historical and 21st-century projected time series. U.S. Geological Survey data release, doi: 10.5066/F7N29V2V

Palaseanu-Lovejoy, M., Danielson, J., Thatcher, C., Foxgrover, A., Barnard, P., Brock, J., and Young, A., 2016. Automatic Delineation of Seacliff Limits using Lidar-derived High-resolution DEMs in Southern California. Journal of Coastal Research, v. Special Issue 76, pp. 162–173, doi: 10.2112/SI76-014


George, D.A., Largier, J.L., Storlazzi, C.D., and Barnard, P.L., 2015. Classification of rocky headlands in California with relevance to littoral cell boundary delineation. Marine Geology, v. 369, pp. 137–152, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2015.08.010


Gallien, T.W., Barnard, P.L., van Ormondt, M., Foxgrover, A.C., and Sanders, B.F., 2013. A Parcel-Scale Coastal Flood Forecasting Prototype for a Southern California Urbanized Embayment. Journal of Coastal Research, v. 29 no. 3, pp. 642–656, doi: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-12-00114.1


Barnard, P.L., Hubbard, D.M., and Dugan, J.E., 2012, Beach response dynamics of a littoral cell using a 17-year single-point time series of sand thickness. Geomorphology, Volume 139-140, p. 588-598,

Warrick, J.A. and Barnard, P.L., 2012. The offshore export of sand during exceptional discharge from California rivers. Geology, Volume 40 (9), p. 787-790, doi:10.1130/G33115.1


Barnard, P.L., Allan, J., Hansen, J.E., Kaminsky, G.M., Ruggiero, P. and Doria, A., 2011. The impact of the 2009-10 El Niño Modoki on U.S. West Coast beaches. Geophysical Research Letters, Volume 38, L13604, 7 pp., doi:10.1029/2011GL047707


Barnard, P.L. and Warrick, J.A., 2010. Dramatic beach and nearshore morphological changes due to extreme flooding at a wave-dominated river mouth. Marine Geology, Volume 273 (1-2), p. 131-148, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2010.01.018


Barnard, P.L., Revell, D.L., Hoover, D., Warrick, J., Brocatus, J., Draut, A.E., Dartnell, P., Elias, E., Mustain, N., Hart, P.E., and Ryan, H.F., 2009. Coastal processes study of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, California. USGS Open-File Report 2009-1029, 904 p.

Elias, E., Barnard, P.L. and Brocatus, J., 2009. Littoral transport rates in the Santa Barbara Littoral Cell; a process-based model analysis. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 56, p. 1771-1775


Revell, D.L, Barnard, P.L., Mustain, N. and Storlazzi, C.D., 2008. Influence of harbor construction on downcoast morphological evolution, Santa Barbara, California. Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers, 13 pp., doi:10.1061/40968(312)57


Barnard, P.L., Revell, D.L., Eshleman, J.L. and Mustain, N., 2007. Carpinteria Coastal Processes Study, 2005-2007: Final Report. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1217, 130 pp.,

Barnard, P.L., Rubin, D.M., Harney, J. and Mustain, N., 2007. Field test comparison of an autocorrelation technique for determining grain size using a digital ‘beachball’ camera versus traditional methods. Sedimentary Geology, Volume 201, Number 1-2, p. 180-195,

Mustain, N., 2007. Grain size distribution of beach and nearshore sediments of the Santa Barbara Littoral Cell: Implications for Beach Nourishment. MS Thesis in Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, 107 pp.

Mustain, N., Griggs, G. and Barnard, P.L., 2007. A rapid compatibility analysis of potential offshore sand sources for beaches of the Santa Barbara littoral cell. In: Kraus, N.C., Rosati, J.D. (eds.), Coastal Sediments ’07, Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes, American Society of Civil Engineers, New Orleans, LA, Volume 3, p. 2501-2514, doi:10.1061/40926(239)196

Revell, D.L. and Griggs, G.B., 2007. Regional shoreline and beach changes in the Santa Barbara sandshed. In: Kraus, N.C., Rosati, J.D. (eds.), Coastal Sediments '07, Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes, American Society of Civil Engineers, New Orleans, LA, Volume 3, 14 pp. doi: 10.1061/40926(239)137

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