Strong CCCIA Presence at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 in San Diego, California

International scientists flocked to San Diego, California last week to engage in a six-day conference centered on ocean sciences and the greater ocean-connected fields. The Ocean Sciences Meeting–one of the largest conference in the field–included oral presentations, posters, workshops, and group discussions, and touched on everything from marine policy to ocean circulation and extreme weather. Pressing issues of climate change and sea-level rise were covered in depth by CCCIA researchers, postdocs, and students.

Above: Ph.D. student Lauren Kim explains how the center observes and understands waves and their impact on beaches during extreme storm events, such as Hurricane Jose in North Carolina.

In particular, many CCCIA presentations focused on the center’s ongoing monitoring and flood modeling program in Imperial Beach, California. Collectively, the CCCIA team broke down the mechanisms behind predicting coastal flooding in this San Diego County city, as well as research plans and implications for the future of Imperial Beach’s low-lying streets. Other topics presented by the CCCIA team included coastal cliff erosion and beach change, wave dynamics, blue carbon, tropical ocean circulation, and physical estuary processes

Above: Postdoc Matthew Costa presents his poster explaining how soil in mangrove forests can reduce carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

Director Mark Merrifield presented at several events throughout the week, including a “Town Hall” meeting in which oceanographers, economists, and social scientists discussed the importance of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The IOOS collects and manages coastal, Great Lake, and ocean data worldwide, to support U.S. economic, safety, and environmental needs.

The scope of presentation topics by the CCCIA team illustrates the interconnected nature of climate change issues both in California and on a global scale. The CCCIA was thrilled to participate in this year’s Ocean Sciences Meeting along with collaborators, policymakers, businesses, and the ocean science community as a whole.