1997-98 El Niño Coastal Monitoring Program

Seacliff State Beach, Santa Cruz

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October 9, 1997Seacliff-10-9

Seacliff State Beach, just north of the pier, exhibiting a wide sandy beach in early fall.

Mid-December, 1997Seacliff-Mid-Dec.

View to the west from the coastal bluffs above Seacliff State Beach showing typical winter beach conditions. The cement ship "Palo Alto" and pier are in the center.

January 20, 1998Seacliff-1-20

Seacliff State Beach, just north of the pier, undergoing significant erosion during a high-wave energy event.

February 6, 1998Seacliff Bluffs-2-6

Coastal bluffs at Seacliff State Beach showing debris-flow type failures from recent heavy rains. The bluffs are protected from direct wave attack by a seawall, road, and parking lot.

February 6, 1998Seacliff-2-6

El Niño storm conditions at Seacliff with waves breaking over the bow of the cement ship Palo Alto and the beach submerged at high tide.

February 7, 1998Seacliff-2-7

The cement ship Palo Alto taking on heavy El Niño storm-generated waves.


Click on a beach name to see a series of photographs
taken from October '97 - February '98

Location Map
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The Boardwalk,
Santa Cruz

Capitola Beach,

Cowells Beach,
Santa Cruz

Its Beach,
Santa Cruz

Main Beach,
Santa Cruz

Seabright Beach,
Santa Cruz

Seacliff Beach,
Santa Cruz

Esplanade Drive,

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