Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz
On October 22 and 23, the USGS, California Ocean Protection Council, and NOAA co-hosted two workshops on the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program (CSCMP) at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz. These workshops provided the large CSCMP "workforce" with a great opportunity to present an update on all that has been accomplished, and to receive important feedback on how CSCMP should proceed in the future to best fit diverse stakeholder needs. Approximately 45 to 50 participants attended each workshop, with representation from 32 different entities including 9 State agencies, 8 federal agencies, 5 academic or research institutions, 3 regional associations, 3 non-governmental organizations, and 7 private-sector companies. The breadth of interests and expertise in the room led to some enthusiastic and stimulating discussions. Here are some of the more salient points recorded.
CSCMP staff are now eager to continue the conversation and facilitate communication within the broad science and stakeholder community. We're receiving significant feedback from workshop attendees and also hope to hear from those unable to attend. Specifically, we want (1) additional feedback on the importance and (or) relevance of our map and data products, and how these should evolve in the future, and (2) ideas on future partnerships and collaborations that could benefit CSCMP. Over the next few months, CSCMP will form a steering committee comprised of diverse partners (e.g. federal, state, local government, data developers, data users, and industry) which will outline the future structure and format of CSCMP. We will keep you posted on that effort.
Feel free to contact us with your feedback about the workshop, CSCMP map data and products, or the future or CSCMP.
Email to: CSCMP